In Vanishing Portals, I was influenced by three instances of the garden in art history. The first is the glass garden in Don DeLillo’s novel, Zero K, in which there is a garden that is filled with glass sculptures. Second is The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges, a short story that culminates with the idea of a labyrinth as a story that continually forks in time. Lastly is The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, a triptych oil painting depicting the garden of eden, earth and hell. In the painting there seem to be passages and portals with people and objects coming in and out. This was the inspiration for the title.
The piece is composed of mainly instrument sounds: accordion, saxophone, and drums (played by James Wenlock). There are also recordings of a large toy octopus belonging to my daughter with 8 legs that each create a different pitch when squeezed. The piece is an exploration of these sounds and also the gestures created during the recording process. The piece is a work in progress.