This is a world of visual over-stimulation. Much of it we become inured to and barely perceive. Eckland crafts videos to represent the unconscious synthesis that takes place in each of us as we absorb that endless stream of ambient information, direct and peripheral; her videos equip us to cope with, transform and utilize the bits of information that we are constantly absorbing. By layering, abstracting, and moving freely along the continuum of time, images in her videos dissolve, elide,
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It was wonderful validation that my work was appreciated, and a very special opportunity to exhibit at the Triton Museum and get to know Deborah Kennedy and Flo Oy Wong, the two other recipients that year who are such inspiring artists.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I am a full-time artist, working now in video rather than photography. I am still doing immersive installations of image and sound that I now exhibit around the world. Moving to video from slide projection was a logical and expansive evolution. To view some of my recent work, go to: http://www.rutheckland.com/video/
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Network - there are so many avenues to get your work out into the world (if that is your goal).
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Invigorated by technology and collaboration.
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