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Katja Bjørn

Reflections 1-2 2010

Video sculpture with water, 45 x 60 x 70 cm, video loop 7 min, real sound of running water.

At the bottom of a white bathroom sink a woman is washing and scrubbing herself with a brush. Her movements range from being hysterical, as if she can’t get clean, to being slow and sensuous, as if she were conducting a pleasurable, ritual act. Through running tap water, the viewer watches her both pained and elated while her fierce scrubbing eventually draws blood.

In the second sink a woman repeatedly lowers her head under water. Beneath the surface she screams NO/I LOVE YOU. The sequence constitutes a self-inflicted torture scene, a slow death by drowning.