ciné collage, silent, colour & BW, 5,33min, Paris/Vienna, 2011
original: 13 channel/super-8 filmloops with 13
"13 poèmes visibles", which is created in great detail only from still photographs, is a dialogue between text and image. The theme-setting image in this film, "Ophelia," functions both as a reference to the artwork by John Everett Millais and to Shakespeare's character herself in Hamlet. Ophelia's character represents female sexuality and madness leading to tragedy and death, in her case by drowning that is assumed to be suicide. These works have a direct relationship to melodrama as a form of performance technique, especially in certain operas. Reinhart's melodramas, rather than having the stock characters of hero, heroine, villain, and so on, consist of a single female character. The overall effect is a narrative of personal growth in the face of an apocalyptic existential state of being.
Reinhart uses a technique to produce these film loops which she has named ciné-collage. Multiple still photographs of characters and location details are collaged together in painterly layers and given just enough movement to provide a depth of color and space. Patricia Reinhart's work is a 'one-woman production.' She is the model for every character portrayed and all of the images are sourced and arranged by her in a very private studio practice. This process offers a singular viewpoint using a character which is as once a symbol, avatar, and metaphor.
(Lisa Ruyter 2011)