LANDSCAPE is an environment of seven installations integrating audio, projected slides, video and computer graphics that place narrative elements within a larger more metaphorical context of the internal and external landscape. The visitor experiences the seven stations of this multisensory sculptural maze with voices speaking in three languages; projected photographs of landscapes and objects from the United States, Japan, and Italy; and drawings of everyday objects appearing and disappearing on a computer screen.
In the fall of 1989, I scanned into my computer a series of landscape drawings I had made during three months spent in Florence, Italy. Simultaneously I discovered video footage of my 90-year-old grandmother that I had recorded ten years earlier, just before she died. Seeing this ordinarily unrelated material within a single media environment brought into focus common elements between my grandmother and the Italian landscape. This discovery evolved into the notion that the physical landscape, the people within that landscape, and the objects they create, all combine to form what we call a cultural landscape.
To expand on this idea, I interviewed a middle-aged Italian woman and a young Japanese woman to explore their views of their culture and of my own as seen through their experiences in America. Through their eyes and voices I was confronted with a different picture of my own cultural landscape. The video installation Landscape is a tapestry representing the interweaving of the various cultural viewpoints created by age and background, and the reflexive experience of viewing one’s own culture through another’s eyes.
1. World Landscape: Multi projector slide space with images of Italy, Japan, USA, Egypt, Cameroon, Togo and Senegal
2-4. Three Women: Grandmother, Giovanna and Aiko
Grandmother (April 1990, color, audio, 6:20) Grandmother is a pastiche of vignettes from an interview with a favorite grandmother during her years in a nursing home. Ten years later, the artist creates this portrait from the nearly forgotten interview, allowing the intervening years, and her own feelings as a mother, to color and shape her memories of Grandmother.
5. Michael and Stella:
2 channel video, 2 stands, TV monitors, and VCRs
Talk, talk, talk...what are they saying? Michael and Stella viewing each other on video monitors argue about their relationship by discussing fashion. Their talk "I wear black because I like it” insists Michael rebuffs Stella as he shouts, "You wear black because that’s what is shown in the art magazines. Where's your CREATIVITY?" As the conversation progresses / digresses the viewer, caught between the two monitors yelling at each other, starts to fee/ trapped. As the subject evolves from fashion to abortion, Michael and Stella struggle with their going nowhere and not being able to real/y hear each other's point of view. Talk, talk, talk...
6. Red Table (April 1990, color, audio, 2:45) Objects from one's past not only hold memories, but also often function as a type of historical marker for some period in one's life. Red Table is an artifact, a testimony to how objects remind us who we were and are now.
7. Landscape (April 1990, color, audio, 7:45) Landscape the final station in the environment functions like an electronic tapestry. Utilizing the ability of video and computer graphics to form visual and auditory layers, this piece weaves together the social, artistic, and physical threads of Japanese and Italian culture to bring our own more clearly into focus.
Solo Exhibition at Zone Art Center, Springfield Massachusetts, April 1 to May 20, 1990,
26th Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque in Experimental Video Arts LANDSCAPE, Oct. 10-22, 1990
Subversive Issues In Media: Techno Installations, at ArtSpace Gallery, New Haven, CT, Sep - Oct, 1993
Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Honorable Mention in Experimental Video, May 8-12, 1991
Plugged In...., South Gallery, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA, March 1-19, 1991