Looping video, 2010. This video tableau vivant is based on the 19th century photograph of Vera Fedorovna Komissarzhevskaya, a famous actress said to have inspired Boris Pasternak when he created Lara in Dr. Zhivago. The photo, author unknown, was used as a point of departure for the video which was created.
We were inspired by the mother of a student who is quadrapalegic, therefore we chose to update the book in the photo to a laptop and to show the motorized wheelchair. This piece was designed and produced in collaboration with the Digital Arts class of Hiram College.: Linda Bourassa (professor), Kayla Burkett, Katie Engstrom, Shalimma Fadzl, Sydney Kispert-Bostick, Ian McGuire, and Velvet Wainwright. Also assisting were Debbie Burkett, Kris Grady, Alex Gill, Eric Klauptstein, and Nicholas Linko. Set design and procurement of props was aided by members of the Senior Studio class of Chris Ryan: Charley McQueary and Katie Engstrom. Made possible by a grant from Building Community Through the Arts, Hiram College Artist residency, February 2010. Also exhibited at Referential: Homage.Montage.Sabotage.