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Silent Ocean, modified turntable, seashell, silent record, embroidery needle, 2011

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Silent Ocean consists of a modified record player, where the stylus is replaced with a seashell connected to an embroidery needle. The record, a silent record containing grooves, deteriorates throughout the duration of the exhibition with the over-sized needle digging into it. In other words, the silence of the record turns into noise, becoming louder and louder upon each play; the tonal characteristics of are not unlike the sound of an ocean lapping upon a shore.

Image courtesy Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University.
Photo credit: Erin Graham