Featured Long Durational Work
Seven Days and Sixteen Hours on Parchman Farm (2014), Jake Fernandez
Duration: Seven days and sixteen hours
Photographs courtesy of Jake Fernandez
Jake Fernandez is multimedia fine artist who whose works include durational paintings, collages, and drawings of places such as the Christy Garden on New York City's Bowery, Monet’s Giverny Gardens, the Florida wilderness, and inner city locations. For “Seven Days and Sixteen Hours on Parchman Farm,” Fernanadez entered a cell for the duration of the performance with no preconceived idea or plan of action. He remained in the space with no visual, physical, or spoken interaction with anyone, in complete silence, and without any clocks or media. He had only pencil and paper.
Although Fernandez did have water and food, he did not have a shower or a window to the outside world during this time. His aim was to experience voluntary isolation and sensory deprivation and to be in complete silence and solitude, away from a world full of distractions. “Seven Days and Sixteen Hours on Parchman Farm” was both a catalyst for his fine arts process and a performance of its own.