Subjectivity

Anne Sherwood Pundyk
2014. Single-channel video (color, sound), 4:01 min.
Lullabies, crickets, bird songs and cawing crows are songs of home. A golden necklace shining under candle light like a baby’s tears encircles objects of significance: a rose, a leaf and a stone. Beyond a mere wish, a mother's spell negotiates the shape of her child's inner life with that of the uncertain outside world.

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Subjectivity

Anne Sherwood Pundyk

Videos by Anne Sherwood Pundyk
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My videos mimic, subsume, and expand upon the process of story telling I use as a painter. Core to my work in both media is the importance I place on the validity of the subjective voice. Applying


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Videos by Anne Sherwood Pundyk
annepundyk.com

My videos mimic, subsume, and expand upon the process of story telling I use as a painter. Core to my work in both media is the importance I place on the validity of the subjective voice. Applying this in my painting practice, I conceive of each work as an organization of my experience – as accessed through the subconscious. One step in putting form to my experiences is the recognition of the sensation of identification with found and taken photographic source material. In another, I translate the selected photographs into overlying, figuratively intended strokes and gestures engaging physical sensation, perception and memory.

Introducing a verbal element to an essentially non-verbal studio process, I have developed several video production techniques by taking cues from my approach to painting. For the footage in “Belize Deleuze,” I identified opportunities to film instinctually while traveling with my husband and son on a trip (during which I was researching and writing about photography.) As a six-channel installation the work replays the interwoven, documentary narratives of each family member as characters interrelating in a foreign, ever-modulating environment.

Core to the “My Altas” videos, sections of stop-action animation document the evolution of a painting in my studio. I include the photographic source material and scrolling blocks of text describing its significance. In so doing, I become a character speaking in first person, observing myself folding life experience into my studio experience. In this video series, live-action footage, musical audio tracks, voice-over and in the case of “My Atlas: Lindsay/A Report to an Academy” the plot and characters from a Kafka short story are added to the painting documentary core.

My video work embodies subjective experience read through time. My paintings do so within a physical object read both as a retracing of steps and as a single gestalt. They are interconnected through the processes I use locate, formulate and tell my stories.

Note: the “My Atlas” single-channel videos are projected at large scale enveloping the viewer and calling attention to the body, as do my paintings. “Belize Deleuze” is a six-channel installation projected to fill the available space in a grid of two rows of three and plays in an ongoing loop. An alternate installation adds a pool of water in which to float the projectors. (As a way to preview the content, all my videos may be viewed here on Vimeo at a smaller scale.)

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