Breathing Under Water is a multi-media installation by the Haligonian artist Glynis Humphrey. It provides an array of acoustic, tactile and visual stimuli, but contains no verbal components. At floor level, acoustically active inflatables invite touching as well as listening. Overhead, a monumental video projection depicts the floating draperies and repetitive movements of a woman who is submerged in water.
As in previous works, Glynis Humphrey evokes a sensuous, yet monstrous feminine presence that can be both threateningly and appealingly immersive. Alternatively seductive and grotesque, Breathing Under Water involves its viewers in a dramatically spatialized experience of embodiment.
Support from the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage is gratefully acknowledged.