She Can’t Begin reveals the guilt, confusion, pettiness and contradictions that accompany trauma.
Artist Linda Duvall conveys disconnectedness and flashes of clarity, in text, against the peculiarly tranquil outdoor environment of the Canadian prairies. This silent film echoes with the endless wind blowing across the bare prairies.
The only visible life presence is a Chocolate Lab whose tail occasionally brushes the screen,
or who sits patiently in the field waiting.
“She can’t begin. She knows she has this show coming up, but she is stuck, unable to even think about art. Nothing seems right.“
“She wanders around the land every day, walks down the hill to the bluff of poplars. For some reason, she has no memory when she walks, only sensation.”
“She is now marked. Some gravitate to the mark, to tell her their experiences. Others flee, including close friends.