Night Blindness vs. Night Vision Goggles:
This installation falls into the philosophical toy category and is comprised of three dream theatres and a stop motion animation video projection. The dream theatres are based on Victorian-era toy theatres and small puppet stage designs and are titled: The Discovery of Night Blindness, The Orchard of Unusual Possibilities, and In Pursuit of Night Vision Goggles and are all inhabited by the fears and desires of the puppet’s dream world.
The Discovery of Night Blindness dream theatre is also the stage for the stop motion animation video projection. It is the location of the dreaming, as implied in the video, yet the dream theatre is shown without the puppet. The bed is unmade and an army of eyes are emerging from under the bed and exiting out the door, it appears she (the puppet) has fled the room.
The eyes make appearances in all of the sets. For example: in The Orchard of Unusual Possibilities they act as the fallen fruit from the pink blossoming orchard trees. The orchard also has paper cut out puppets, which hide beneath the limbs of the trees. The paper figures clearly do not belong in this three dimensional world, yet appear comfortable in this habitat. The title of this set is from Russian writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s dream like surrealist fiction, and like in Ludmilla’s world, this is also a secondary landscape full of unpredictable discoveries.
The last dream theatre In Pursuit of Night Vision Goggles is the site of a bike crash, and it is here we find out that the puppet, without her sleep mask, is eyeless. She is grasping a porcelain and glass mask of eyes, indicating that she has obtained her night vision goggles. Eyes hidden throughout the landscape recognize that vision was always around her, even when she could not see.