Still Life is the observation of a moment of alerted awareness. On the brink of exposure our subject, caught in a free fall of emotions, waits for her web of lies to unravel. While outwardly portraying an air of control, she internally struggles with a growing panic that erodes clarity of thought and confidence in her own judgment. We know neither the circumstances that led her to this state, between what has come to be and its repercussions, nor the strategies that she will develop to recover. In this moment, we can only measure her mastery of duplicity.
Inspired by the writings of Irène Nimérovsky, Still Life stretches an instant of reaction into a narrative of detail, exploring the depths of panic behind a façade of perceptive acuity. Still Life was written in 2012 for Shanna Gutierrez, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, and Chris Wild of Ensemble Dal Niente.
— Jamie Leigh Sampson
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