Hilary Lloyd

One Minute of Water

1999

In Tate Britain
Artist
Hilary Lloyd born 1964
Medium
Video, monitor, colour
Dimensions
Duration: 1min loop
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2008
Reference
T12803

Display caption

This one-minute work helps us focus on the act of looking. Lloyd has looped footage of rippling water into a mesmerising film that appears to be ever-changing. Its framing removes any clues to the wider setting and gives it a sense of infinity. The effect of dappled sunlight on the water’s surface transforms the footage into an abstract and painterly scene. Lloyd carefully chose the equipment, which she considers part of the work, in order to emphasise our physical relationship with what we see.

Gallery label, May 2019

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