I am a swimmer.
I love to be in water, to be surrounded by water, to propel myself through water, to float, to sink, to be immersed, to feel unbound to gravitational pull and verticality. What is usually distinct in up and down, standing, sitting or lying can dissolve in water.
Swimming in the sea and the movement and sound of the sea gives a sense of aliveness and exhilaration BUT swimming pools as public spaces have a fascinating contrast to this natural body of water. The hard surfaces, the lines, the formal rectangular sunken container, often painted blue or more recently metallic silver. This rigid architectural grid holds the water that moves, is fluid, is organic. The swimming pool presents a stark contrast between my fascination for its formal architecture and the sensation of water enclosing me, water direct and snug against my skin.
Surface is visible with light reflection and refraction.
Surface tension is broken by my swimming actions and reforms around my body.
In relation to the research project intersect surface body, I have become intrigued by the elusive quality of the surface of water and the surface tension of water. The surface of the water is what is visible when viewed from above? – the uppermost visible layer of a body of water? And a surface has breadth and length but no thickness – so the surface of the water is simultaneously visible and immaterial? Anyway elusive.
Using the Go-pro camera in the pool, I tried to capture and locate the precise divide between above and below, to feel the moment that I break through the surface. Also to attempt to view the surface of the water from my position above and below the water. I record the architecture of the pool from and through the underside of the surface of the water. Grid, water and skin merge in the photographic evidence displayed here on the screen.
I am a swimmer.