HD Video with sound, 1:39
Video by Stephanie Palazeke (me)
Music by Nicholas Palazeke (all analog)
In the invented worlds of my narratives, I embody characters inspired by women in the Bible. My work takes these women out of their original context and inserts them in a surrogate, digital world to offer them a chance to be seen without traditional ideals impressed upon them. Each of my characters explores her psychological territory, or mindspace, reacting to and transforming the space as the narrative progresses.
In this series based on the story of Ananias and Sapphira found in Acts 5, my Sapphira applies gold makeup to her face in an effort to appear more holy. This parallels an apparent desire in the real Sapphira to present herself in a particular light. Sapphira and her husband are infamous for lying to the Holy Spirit and dropping dead as a consequence. As my Sapphira becomes more absorbed in gold, the gold in her mindspace diminishes while blue gems accumulate in the space. One such gem destroys the foundation of her holiness and everything fades.
This is the full video.