An experiment: spill two dollops of paint—say, respectively blue and red—so that they run on top of each other, and in the overlap, notice all of the intricate transformations as they eventually form purple. Even after they have fused, one is able to recall how at a certain point there existed two blobs, but one can still recognize a single cohesive grouping of blue, purple, and then red. Now, repeat the experiment, but make one of the dollops larger than the other. In this new grouping, one is able to recognize an array of observations; these include: balance (or perhaps unbalance), blended areas that create a sense of space, and a special transformative duality where one can see the current grouping of colors, but can simultaneously recognize the timeline of the fusing of the two paint dollops.
These aspects contribute to how visual artist Amy Metier describes the creation of her work A Delicate Balance that subsequently inspired my new work and may we share this pseudo-space: our delicate ecstasy. In and may we share this pseudo-space, I explore how the blending of different sounds can contribute to creating tension and balance, similar to A Delicate Balance. Through the fusing of sounds, one is able to perceive transformative dualities of sound produced by the performers—and then with the audience.
(painting by Amy Metier; currently on display at the Denver Art Museum)