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Georgie Friedman

Sea Like a Mirror

Single channel, site-specific video installation for Of Land and Local

BCA Center, Burlington, Vermont


On view:  5 - 11 PM  |  Oct 20, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018  |  LOCATION

WATCH: Sea Like a Mirror, Installation Documentation, 1:57 min, 2017



October 20, 2017 - January 7, 2018

BCA Center Gallery

Burlington, Vermont

Of Land and Local explores how issues relating to the watershed fit within a domestic and global context. Themes investigate ideas of place, conservation, commodification, and water’s cultural role within our community.

This exhibit celebrates its fifth year at the BCA Center & Shelburne Farms.* Sixteen new and returning artists further explore last year’s watershed focus bringing a fresh perspective to this important topic.


Charlie Bluett | Brian Collier | Georgie Friedman | Hope Ginsburg

Rebecca Hutchinson | Elliott Katz | Katie Loesel | Elizabeth Nelson

Don Ross | James Scheuren | Jessica Scriver | Lynn Sullivan

Naoe Suzuki | John Willis | Nancy Winship Milliken | Mary Zompetti

Burlington City Arts 

135 Church Street | Burlington, Vermont | 05401 | 802-865-7166




Sea Like a Mirror consists of active Atlantic Ocean footage which is mirrored so the sea's natural frothy-lines have a Rorschach-like effect and move in unpredictable ways. The unnaturally churning Atlantic slowly transitions to imagery of Lake Champlain's* surface, which advances through calm, mid-day water to post-storm, sunset and dusk footage. The lake's water slowly abstracts due to the waning light, until the sky's colors become fractured lines skimming and bouncing off the rapidly moving black waves. 

The title references three main components: the visual and psychological elements of the footage, the vertical and reflective aspects of the installation, and our relationship with the power of the sea and storms. The latter being a maritime reference and a direct homage to the Beaufort Scale's first descriptive (and poetic) term for the wind's affect on water, Calm | Sea like a mirror | 0 knots, which was chosen because it is both perfect, and contrary. 

View: Photographs | Video Documentation

  1. *Filmed specifically for this project during a site visit to Burlington, VT in June 2017.

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