The Arnolfini Portrait, Jan van Eyck, 1434
The Shape of Our Best Intentions (2011) includes a single-channel video, a site-specific video installation and a series of photographs. This work is loosely inspired by Jan Van Eyck’s “Arnolfini Marriage Portrait” (1434), as a meditation on the institution of contemporary marriage. A real-life married couple fold sheets in a room on a suspended structure, rotating over a reflecting pool of water. The structure is powered by workers. When the structure stops, the couple step out of the room into the water. They walk to the camera and move it to a crane, which pulls back to reveal the structure which was supporting them.