Exhibited at The George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ
Filmed and edited by Stephanie Crousillat
Composition by Tom Majeski
Artist Statement--BFA in Photography 2011
Childhood, dreams and classic cartoons are a combination of what inspired Stephanie Crousillat to create an experience based on fantasy versus reality.
A soundproof viewing booth, made for one viewer, offers the sense of removal from reality, and plays with the idea of what is real and what is not. Encouraging the idea of actuality opposed to imagination, the viewer is given the option to begin the video when they are ready. The pitch black booth consists of a chair, DVD player, and monitor displaying a black screen and white text, stating, "Make sure curtain is closed, and no light enters. Headphones on. Press play when ready." At this point they are in control, and have a fine grip on reality until the video begins.
This video installation is made up of six handcrafted miniature rooms, all being distinctive everyday settings, but in unusual conditions. These eerily lit rooms, accompanied with a composition by Tom Majeski, were constructed with a variety of materials which include cardboard, foam core, an assortment of fabrics, mud, leaves, plexiglass, modeling clay, plywood, hot glue, toy kitchen/bathroom sets, and found objects.
The viewer is taken on an experience-filled journey through what could be real, like an all-white, modern designed living room, to what is mind-boggling, like a porcelain bathroom with a threateningly, spiky floor, back to what might seem to be a typical attic.