Claudia Hart
Caress, 2011
Custom software (black and white, silent), HD quicktime video, 3 screens, computer, custom wooden box, shelf
15 x 23.5 x 3.5 in / 38 x 60 x 9 cm, each
83 x 11 x 6 in / 210.8 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm, shelf
11 min, 40 sec, loop
Edition of 3

In Caress, our perception of a nude female figure is split between three video monitors, portraying a life-sized character “framed” within an imprisoning box or coffin. This figure strains against its confines. The image is black and white, sculptural, and imagined in relation to tomb sculptures and the portals of Gothic churches. As a result of this scenario, the camera literally appears to caress the figure. They are both, figure and camera, locked in an embrace: camera-to-figure sex. The virtual camera slides from shot to shot over the nude, who moves slowly from pose to pose. Originally composed with the woman lying on a divan, as an odalisque, Hart subsequently removed the furniture feature to accentuate the figure’s eerie entrapment.

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