A CONVERSATION ABOUT TIME WITH:
Name: Stacey Page
1. Word association: What are the first 5 words that come to mind when you think of time?
Expectation memory future loss now precise.
2. What are your earliest memories of time and/or time measurement?
Watching a deep cut heal. Birthdays. Schooldays. Sundays. As a child viewing the desert I could see the rain before I encountered it if the storm had decided to come my way. Going on an archaeological dig in 5th grade at an Indian trash site. Waiting for a seed to grow into a large sunflower head full of seeds. Water evaporating from mud cities. Pets dying and being born. Holding a chicken while its head was being cut and it running around before it died. Riding shotgun with my great grandmother looking both ways on an empty road saying nobody coming nobody going I got the whole road to myself.
3. In your day-to-day life, how often do you think about the times of day?
I think about time with with my three year old. The education of time through being a new mother is an extraordinary reality. I think about time with light and darkness with temperature and weather and tides and traffic. I think about time with photography and the perfect time to take a photograph because the light is perfect. I think about a shutter speed and how long a model can hold an expression. I think of how I can cheat time and make up for it. If I embroider all night I can take a nap with my child the next day if I get her out and about in the morning.
4. When do you lose track of time?
When I am embroidering or trying to capture a concept I lose track of time. When I am dancing.
5. Describe one instance in which you experienced time as faster or slower than ‘normal.’
I experienced time slowing down while I was pregnant. It was this commitment to time with a very surreal expectation of stages.
6. How does your profession influence your relationship with time?
I can escape time through my work. I can break all the rules of time and still be functioning. I think I am constantly disproving or proving the power of time based on what I have to show for it.
7. What, would you say, is your current relationship with time? How has that relationship changed in over the course of your life?
Time is an authority figure. It is a creation to me, much like words and grammar try to define a language. Money tries to determine value. Religion and science at answering everything. Time tries to prove and organize existence. I find myself trying to catch up with time or waiting for time to happen. In the past I constantly challenged time and its limitations/expectations. Now I am physically familiar with time and how it relates to my body. I am more in tune with the rhythm of the day/night/seasons and aware of the responsibilities I have associated with time, but I still disagree with it all. I disagree with it in a way that I can see the illusion. It is our way of managing it all. For example with Daylight Saving Time you used to manually have to turn the hands forward or backward which is an invasive compliance.
8. How much do you focus on the past, present, and future, respectively?
As far as the past, I don’t know if time and memory are the same. I am confused with how important the past and future are. At times I feel I can touch the past or future but other moments they seem to get jumbled together. I know that there is proof of the past but the outlook adapts over time. I enjoy weaving though the past and future simultaneously and making relationships or comparisons between the two. I enjoy analyzing or finding proof of the present. It is refreshing to find a discarded note or list. It keeps me in touch with reality.
9. How do you visualize time? If you could draw it, what would it look like? If you could sculpt it, what would it look like?
I recently saw Todd Rundgren dancing and singing about time in Rise and Today. His arms made hands of a clock that ticktocked and he looked at his watch-less wrist.
10. Word association again: What are the first 5 emotions that come to mind when you think about time?
This interview was conducted via email on August 30th, 2015. Any errors in transcription are of the author. More can be found about Stacey and her work at: http://www.staceypage.com/