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Sneak peek...

I've been quiet on the blog for a while. Senior year has picked up quicker than expected, and I've been swept out from under me by a deluge of work. Nevertheless, I made time to work on the footage from my project in Nepal this summer. Here's a a little teaser for what's to come in the next month. Stay tuned...

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Impulse: 2 piece painting series

The creative impulse can also be a destructive one. 

The pursuit of beauty can easily take a wrong turn into obsession and anxiety, and a journey that began in the light can quickly turn dark. 

"the dance of light and dark will remain

without one

cannot exist the

other"

Detail shots:

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wsnc: video installation

The last couple months I've gotten the opportunity to collaborate with another talented WFU artist on a video/sculpture site specific installation. (see Sean's stuff here

The collaboration process in making an artwork was new to me, but one I really enjoyed. The piece, wsnc, was founded on the idea of exploration, of leaving the familiar and venturing out into a city we didn't know much about but had lived in for 3 years. As most Wake students can attest to, it is easy to get stuck on campus, and when students leave, most don't venture past downtown venues, bars, and restaurants. With this piece, a 3 channel projection installation with sculptural and found object elements, we sought to seek, find, and reveal a Winston-Salem to ourselves and to viewers. 

After early mornings and hours shooting driving around town, deliberations over projections, happy accidents, and navigating every decision as a team, we arrived at the final piece. 
It was shown only for a night before being torn down, walls and all, at an exhibit along other video and sculpture students. Below is the evidence of its brief existence. 

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Night of Stories

My dear friend Sarah made dreams come to life on a picturesque spring evening this week. She had been thinking about this event for several years, and it was one of the most memorable nights this campus has seen. To preserve the integrity of the night, and so that only those present would know what stories were told, only still photographs were taken, and I'm so thankful she asked me to collaborate with her on capturing the mesmerizing beauty of this event. 

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Gordon

I stumbled into Earthbound Arts one Sunday afternoon before brunch looking for a story in downtownWinston-Salem. There I met Gordon Jones, the store's entrepreneurial co-owner and craftsman, whograciously shared his story with me and my camera.  

Presented as 2-channel projection.

Update: April, 2014. Gordon was selected for a Purchase Award and was acquisitioned into the Wake Forest University Student Art Collection. 

 

Here's an interview about the film, featured on START Gallery's Local Color blog. 

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Not Away, But Towards.

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Not Away, But Towards.

wheelchair screen shot

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/65124216 w=500&h=281] This is my first film, a short piece for my video class. The original assignment was to examine an aspect of one's identity. I am not a runner, but I run a lot, and in more than one sense of the word.  I run away from stressful situations, get up and leave, and escape both physically and mentally. I run away,  run for exercise, for fun, to get away, and run to talk to God.

This past year, my dear sister Kaylin, a former ballerina and very talented dancer, went through a difficult time with her health, and without divulging too many details, was constrained to a wheelchair for months, in addition to other symptoms. The effects of this situation on my family were stressful to say the least, and when I was home for the holidays, overwhelming at best. The conception of the idea of the film occurred after one particularly difficult visit home.

The journey of her recovery has been one of much pain and beauty, and her condition has been improving for the last few weeks now. Just a couple days before this film was completed, Kaylin felt well enough to attend her first prom, be with her friends, and most excitingly, dance.

The Avett Brothers, a band who I had the pleasure of seeing this past Sunday at Merlefest (front row center, hollaa!), reminds us in one of their songs "...and when you run, make sure you run to something, and not away from..." Lyrics that serve as a reminder to reevaluate the purpose of the runner within.

 

This one's for you, Za.

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