Majors: Fine Arts and Cognitive Semiotics of Film
Colleges: Architecture, Art, and Planning and College of Arts and Sciences
As a Fine Arts major with a concurrent degree in Cognitive Semiotics of Film, I treat cinema as an image language that engages visually and structurally in a multi-sensory-layering of perception and experience.
A 12-hour video-installation piece I completed in Fall 2015 questions private and public space, resists the moving image as a narrative form, blurring the line between reality and fiction, and re-defines voyeurism as a poetic habit of witnessing and documenting the ritualistic, the everyday. The video is a compilation of footage (both with a handheld iPhone camera and a Canon Vixia on tripod) that I gathered in Rome of my neighbors living in the apartment across from me. As denoted by its length, the video is a resistance to time, pacing the viewer to the rhythm of the everyday. This insistence on the ordinary renders the familiar unfamiliar. The camera as the eye-plane that both surveils and censors material gravitates to an aesthetics of the moving still- image as well as perverts Roman architecture from an object of touristic intrigue into a framing device, a mirror double to the camera lens. The video becomes less about the neighbors as subjects and more about the dialogue between the window and the camera lens. This installation piece was chosen for a solo exhibit in the Experimental Gallery in Olive Tjaden Hall, Cornell, April 4-8, 2016.
Further interested in exploring how my actions as an observer reflect back to me, becoming my self-portrait, I partnered my video portion with a set of drawings that illustrate what I perceive my neighbors can see through their window into mine. Every recorded gesture comes from an immediacy of the moment and from a distance of remembering and reconstructing memory.