Bill Viola, 'Ablutions', 2005

Bill Viola, 'Ablutions', 2005

Bill Viola

The artist has described the work as a kind of purification ceremony, similar to those one might experience in a Japanese temple.The diptych opens with the image of two parallel streams of falling water. Shortly thereafter, a female torso moves into the background of the left screen while a male torso mirrors her movements on the right. Both figures progress slowly to the foreground and into the light, cupping and bathing their hands in the water for several minutes until they fade away into silhouettes.