Artist Statement

Artist Statement

“In film, there are two ways of including human beings. One is depicting them. Another is to create a film form which, in itself, has all the qualities of being human: tenderness, observation, fear, curiosity, the sense of stepping into the world, sudden murky disruptions and undercurrents, expansion, pulling back, contraction, relaxation, sublime revelation. In my work, the screen is transformed into a "speaking character", and the images function as pure energy rather than acting as secondary symbol or as a source for information or storytelling. I put shots together to create a revelation of wisdom through delicate surprise. The montage does not lead to verbal understanding, but is actual and present. The narrative is that which takes place between the viewer and the screen. Silence allows these delicate articulations of vision which are simultaneously poetic and sculptural to be fully experienced."

 

Although in this quote, Nathaniel Dorsky is speaking about his exclusive practice of silent 16mm experimental film, this is the way I feel about my own art making in general, be it film, sound, video, or still images. The quotidian or mundane is always my starting point, and the mode of exploration starts with the unraveling of the act of seeing or perceiving the world and its incidental, oft overlooked poetics. Data, information, technology, images, digital connectivity and new communication interfaces are exponentially changing our sensorial realm. More and more mediations seem to separate us from direct experience. I am interested in summoning a primal rupture where the world can slow down and a sense of realization or introspection can be restored, in a way where the ambiguity and reliability of what we see is subtly engaged. I’ve used the interplay of still and moving images captured with mobile phones in the past to try to achieve this, but recently I have distilled my efforts to work on perception and the source of the image itself: light. Most recently, I worked on presenting what seems to be natural light phenomenon in a sight specific context, using architectural elements to direct and embed video elements that are suspended between “light” and “image”. Part phenomenological part metaphysical, the resulting manifestations tend towards the poetic and offer a space and time for meditation, suspended between the mundane and the magical, potentially inviting a growing awareness of our slipping position between the real and the represented, the experienced and the interfaced.