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Artist Statement

I make experimental, allegorical, feminal video art pieces in which I also perform. In these films, I invent imaginary worlds that are ethereal, ritualistic, and disturbing, combining anarchistic themes, feminine sensuality and sorcery.

Sometimes without dialog, my visual language is constructed from carefully studied symbols like butterflies, fruit, flowers, eggs and personal objects, which endure a process of destruction and regeneration. 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 or remain in fragments.

Reflecting on experiences of a traumatized childhood, concepts of god, the need to return to nature, loss of love, and love, I invite the viewer into my private world of magical realism. This is a world where I am simultaneously the story and the storyteller; simultaneously humorous and very authentic. I also realize that within myself, there exist many psychological states and many women that exist within one. I explore my personal feminism through the embodiment of all these women.

Influenced by Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, the Riot Grrrl music movement and auteur cinema, I found my personal aesthetic through sophisticated treatment of shooting on a VHS camera in my bedroom alone. In my earliest video art (The Skye Project), my character Skye is often dressed up without any intention of leaving her room. I've always had a fascination with performance as a medium specifically when a live audience is not present and what it means to perform for oneself. I also enjoy treating each frame as a moving painting, instilling intimacy, idealism and specificity into each composition.

I create my video art in my apartment, which is important because I live in this world. My VHS camera is important to me. It represents something affordable, and something from another time. I'm refusing to participate in current video technologies, which I find to be abrasive and too hyper realistic. I embrace the veil VHS creates between us.

I'm also a writer of stories, scripts and poetry. My video art combines both mediums-- the visual language tells the story. There is story in everything.

 

details and chronology --> Talking About My_Art

 
 

 

Select interviews:

with Sergio Satélite at Bowery Poetry Club, 2019 

with Matthew Silver, 2019

Radio Free Brooklyn, 2019

Fixe Magazine, 2012

Art Hash, 2010