Virginia Commonwealth University, Rochester Institute of Technology
Program / Degree
May 5, 1998
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Performance, Photography, Sculpture, Video
I am rigorous in study and loose in application. I want to answer all of the big questions in life, but this raises more questions. My work addresses the metaphysical truth of movement as it winds through the inevitable inaccuracies of perception. I am philosophically inclined, influenced by the structures of math and drenched in historical references. I am curious about everything, and I try to reserve judgement as I am in the midst of my studies. I started my career on the stage, and this theatricality is evident in all of my work. I enjoy incorporating dance, photography and theater into videos. I want to do everything at once but I can only do one thing at a time.
About my artwork
I could not comfortably make the statement “I am the kind of person who…” because I am not particularly self aware or self involved. Ironically, much of what I have made involves explication of the “self”. According to some influential philosophers, the “self” is shaped by our relationships with others, by our environment, and by our will, but there might be something fixed in it that we cannot escape. It is suggested that we can never truly know ourselves as we are seen through the eyes of the “other”. Turning to the camera as the “other” is a process of self-discovery. I place myself in front of the camera because I think that the discomfort will keep me honest. I create my own, consciousness-less “other” to communicate with me about how I am seen, and indeed, how I see. It’s a sham, of course; my subjects and I are actors, we wear costumes and make-up, our identities are no more pinned down by our dancing in front of the camera than they would be if we were performing live, although it is inevitable I should capture something of the true, mutable nature of the “self” wandering through the world of the “other”.
These finished sequences come about through a variety of means. I have been collecting footage of places from my travels for the past 20 years, as well as amassing experimental, site-specific choreographies to be used at an undetermined time in one of my multi-layered pieces. Many pieces contain work created during different years and in different locations. The footage is processed and sometimes re-processed. Once I have a basic framework I am meticulous in my cutting and layering.
Most recently, I have been hard at work completing a longer project that has a strong narrative which unfolds through choreography, martial arts and some dialogue.