About this artwork

This video work is one of a group of pieces known as 'The Passions' which explores human emotions, inspired by early European devotional paintings. The five screens show different times of the day – morning, afternoon, sunset, evening and night. Each scene shows the female protagonist at a different task, from yoga exercises in the morning through to lighting candles in the evening and finally going to bed. In each scene, the tree outside the window is shown at different stages of its annual cycle, putting the woman's routine in the larger context of the cycles of nature. The work is based on a predella by the fourteenth century artist Andrea di Bartolo.

  • title: Catherine's Room
  • accession number: AR00042
  • artist: Bill ViolaAmerican (born 1951)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Installation
  • subject: Video Art Emotions
  • date created: 2001
  • measurements: 38.10 x 246.00 x 57.00 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Courtesy Bill Viola Studio
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Bill Viola

Bill Viola

American Bill Viola is one of the world's leading video artists. Since the early 1970s he has used video to explore universal human experiences such as birth, death and the unfolding of consciousness. He is influenced by both Western and Eastern artistic and spiritual traditions including Zen Buddhism and Christian mysticism. As technology has advanced, his installations have become more streamlined in appearance and are now uncluttered by projection equipment, video players etc. His work is notable for its precision and simplicity and for its fusion of painting, photography and cinema.