AUDIBLE SILENCE/SILENCIO SONOROSO,
Maria Cristina Jadick
Audible Silence, is a highly sensorial, emotionally evocative installation that through the use of multiple layers of texture, sound, text and mediated photographic images creates a sense of nostalgic remembrance and stratums of meaning in a reflective and meditative atmosphere.
It speaks to traces of authentic experience; both individual and collective, while recalling the body. Like a remembered conversation that fades into and out of clarity, it has moments of doubt and moments of certainty…life’s journey, loss, absence, presence, and paradox. It searches… waits… hopes… promises change.
Audible Silence, began as a vague idea based on an emotional response to stories about my maternal grandmother and her life growing up in a rural and isolated part of Cuba. It responds to poems she wrote regarding her subsequent exile to the United States in her fifties and the deep longing she felt to return to her homeland. Eventually it evolved into having a referential association with the power dilemma in Cuba. It is done in the spirit of a child; open, trusting, hopeful, believing in possibilities. It is filled with recurring personal symbols that reflect my private vision as a source for healing and a transcendent search for collective understanding, spirituality and revelation.
Visitors to Audible Silence, are intended to become part of the piece by leaving their own traces and marks on it. It is to be a living piece that will change as each person leaves footprints and shadows as they pass through. All observer-participants are invited to sit on the bench and examine the books at their leisure and sit on the cushions on the sand and quietly take in the sights, sounds and feelings of the environment. It is hoped that their personal recollections will be triggered and, by being written in the book, offered up for reflection to those who follow.