ABYSSAL is an imagined oceanic space. Symbolically, the ocean is the connective tissue between ‘here’ (NY) and ‘there’ (the Philippines), two spaces that connote ‘home’ yet neither being a complete cultural anchor. The ocean also symbolizes a mythological dimension of the unknown, where things disappear, are preserved, and transform. Jimenez re-imagines her process of mining personal and historical narratives through the idea of casting wide nets into the deepest parts of the ocean. In the attempt to capture and contain lost information, she acquires natural debris and objects that have been altered and transformed by the water.
In collaboration with Or Zublasky, Jimenez has created audio vignettes. The audio is a compilation of recorded interviews with various family members from the Philippines, living and deceased. Their voices are contained within the nets, as though these too are mined artifacts being recovered from the brink of obscurity.
The environment is not a static or fixed space, but rather an unending attempt to excavate the vast space of cultural memory. Two performers in an elevated space continue to weave and create new nets, pointing to the endless process that seeking entails.