Confluence (2016) is a video installation made as a gesture to visualize the two polar aspects of Bryson’s psyche merging into one, or the process of individuation, described by Carl Jung, as the unison of our conscious and unconscious minds. Within this layered video installation, Bryson embodies each aspect of the psyche - the light and the dark. The bodies skip towards one another in a dizzying lack of advancement. The environment continues to circle and change, but the two bodies seem to be stuck in space, trying to become one. Although there are some moments of graying, the reality of the desired wholeness is transient and oscillating.
The installation of this video projected onto the water bowls portrays the inherent difficulty of the confluence of these polarities. The bowls delineate contained space, contained bodies of water, impossible to merge together. The terracotta bowls were made in the process of pinching the clay into vessels. In this regard, their surface holds the memory of Bryson’s fingertips, of her hands – of their making. Laid all together on the ground and filled with water, they represent a mind full of separate memories. Water stores memory, and water is the element of emotion. This tactile composition, along with the projection of the moving bodies is a sort of impossible confluence, strived for but not entirely obtained.