Pureland Video Collection
Forest Memory (Time Goes)
What if the trees in the forest had a kind of collective memory. There are some researchers that have proposed this concept in recent years. This video imagines the memory of a forest of the river at its edge. Video is from the Allegheny and Monongahela River with excerpts from the Hays Eagle Cam nestlings in Hays, PA.
This little vid is part of the PureLand body of work and celebrates life, love and the wonder of Spring.
PureLand: Kami Two Face
An introduction to the PureLand body of work that is ongoing. Documentation includes prototypes for video projection installations Kami Two-Face and WaterForms as installed in the studio.
Kami are deities or spirits in the Japanese shinto tradition that embody the energy of nature. In this tradition there are a multitude of water Kami, reflecting water's vital importance to agriculture and life in general. Of these Kami, there are many that express the dual nature of water— as both life-giving and life destroying force.
I am inspired by water's duality and it's power to both transform and renew. I filmed water in its many forms for this video projection piece. The foundation for the piece is water rushing over the Merrimack River Old Stone Dam in Lawrence, MA. The footage was obtained when the river was at flood stage after a 100 yr. rain.
This excerpt is from my installation at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA in June of 2013
Kami Two-Face was exhibited in the 2013 Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Arts Exhibition.
Third Eye is a three channel video installation on a trio of TV monitors standing in a row side by side. This synchronized video work uses television static and the audio from a 1970's chakra clearing session and a 1940's film urging readiness for The Rapture as the foundation for a piece that plays with the idea of TV as oracle, both mind-numbing and brain-washing. We look to our sets for answers: how to dress, walk, talk, what to think, how to improve...how to be saved.
The static is transformed into a sea of changing color and form resulting in a mesmerizing trio of visuals that fuse religion, end-times and UFO visitation. You’ll end up with that TV stare and the unsettling fear that there just might be poltergeists in your family set.
S.oon O.ur S.alvation Suite
Soon…Our Salvation is a six-part ontological epic created in its own universe of recursive context. The piece combines oblique references to sci-fi, home movies and scavenged source material. The work’s low-fi, low-tech aesthetic pushes the grain and grit of the source material (much shot on Sony’s first Digital 8, the DCR TR7000 ), overloading the pixels and juicing up the distortion. Editing technology provides the capability to color outside of the lines and treat the video like construction paper cut with blunt scissors, collaged with mucilage, and bespangled with sequins for added effect.