Nominated by Northwestern University
The majority of my work from the past couple of years has involved exploring interior spaces and constructed worlds, primarily through video art. The atmospheres of different rooms, spaces, and buildings are fascinating to me, especially when there are no people present inside them. The homes and apartments in our lives are almost like characters in and of themselves, and I like to explore the way our relationships with our homes and workplaces change as we change, and as time and seasons change.
I mostly work with video art; both animation and live-motion, and have begun to expand to installation art. Accessibility in art is very important to me, and I enjoy making videos because they’re accessible in that they can be uploaded and watched online, as well as being more approachable for a wider audience (so many people watch movies and cartoons, and I feel this makes them feel equipped to engage with video art). The recent installation pieces that I’ve created revolve around familiar domestic objects, again so that a wider audience can feel able to engage with the art. I like to suggest that something has just happened in the space without actually showing what’s happened. I’m interested in exploring non-linear narratives, and the way we “edit” our memories to fit the linear construct we see in Hollywood films.
My latest video piece is titled I’m Next, and involves intercutting between found footage and footage I filmed, as well as bookends that open and close the video. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone of staged domestic pieces for this video. With it, I’m trying to explore the way different times can seem to coexist in one place, and to capture the feeling one has when they remember their nightmare from the night before.
Image: The Confession (video still), 2016