SCOTLAND - Artist Statement

Susan drives her little white truck from my cottage to the still house. Getting out, she stands waving at the helicopter as I fly by shooting photographs. Tourists walk by her and she continues on with her work. She is part of the industrial process, as are the numerous Brian's and Ian's, Andy's and Peter's, all parts of a whole of a making of a world.

These are the moments in personal histories that are a part of the greater whole of making one's way everyday by doing our work to bring supper to our tables and be a part of the human life. As everything repeats, everything becomes beautiful to each ones self by virtue of the making of ones own life on this planet. Microcosms repeat and repeat and repeat, we are all wholly one unit moving about in our independent moments that we fancifully believe to be personal. And they are! And private too, but we share them with time and each other. It is good to share. But these microcosms return to the circle that is Susan (the only Susan) waving at a helicopter as I fly by shooting photographs of everything (and the everything that is everyone) I see.

The time-lapse video installation shows various 24-hour period views of the distillery grounds and full workdays within different process facilities. By the use of time-lapse, the actual events taking places are collapsed into a more concentrated or quick view of time in one place. Just as any industrial process is repetitive and the workers who inhabit these spaces are temporal, the distillation of time shows the smallness of each individual action and life. Literally drops in a bucket.

Matthew Sandager