ERICA SCHREINER // VHS VIDEO + PERFORMANCE ART

 
 

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Artist Statement

I make experimental, feminist video art. I film on a VHS camera while performing before the camera. I invent worlds that are ethereal, sensual and ritualistic. I combine video and performance to tell stories using symbols and allegory. 

Without dialog, my visual language is constructed from carefully studied symbols like butterflies, fruit, flowers, eggs and personal objects, which experience a metamorphosis. These objects get destroyed by fire, knives, hammers, the tearing of their specific flesh, nails, forks, teeth, drowning, mutilated to later find themselves resurrected as a changed thing.

I urge the viewer to consider alternate realities from the current cultural paradigm and to locate peace within a technologically inundated and capitalistic/patriarchal culture. Themes in my work involve healing from trauma, concepts of god, the need to return to nature, and love. I investigate feminism through the exploration of the many women who exist within one.

Influenced by Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, the Riot Grrrl music movement and auteur cinema, I found my personal aesthetic through shooting on a VHS camera in my bedroom alone. I explore performance as a medium when a live audience is not present, but treated cinematically, through the process of editing and playback.

 

 
 

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Select interviews:

CTG, 2022

Talking to Ghosts podcast interview, 2021 

Interviewed by Lloyd Daylight, 2021

with Sergio Satélite at Bowery Poetry Club, 2019 

with Matthew Silver, 2019

Radio Free Brooklyn, 2019

Fixe Magazine, 2012

Art Hash, 2010