I saw Bill Viola’s video work ‘Visitation’ shown at The Crypt of the Carnary Chapel at the Norwich School a couple of weeks ago. Sitting in the darkness I could feel the dis ease of the friend sitting by my side, her sadness was palpable. The whole experience has continued to haunt me.
I have been reflecting over how Viola’s interpretation of the big/universal questions/issues about ‘life’ sink into such deep places for the viewer. He seems to face with unerring bravery the pain of many human emotions and some how introduce into that place an element of beauty and the sublime. A kind of paring back and a stripping away which cannot but fail to move.