Unabashedly for beauty, Radiant Heart in the Year of the Snake was choreographed by an 18th century romantic living in 2013.
I began by drawing almost one hundred individual frames using a computer and graphic tablet. I transferred them to Final Cut Pro digital editing software and used a variety of filters and processors to mix and animate the stills. Lines become snakes; shapes become figures; waves become water. There are no camera originated or scanned visuals.
My intention was to create a work without narrative, characters, purpose beyond the play of light and color. The segments are meant to be hypnotic and suggestive. The subject is “higher love.” It is a video ghazal for the Shechkinah, feminine, hidden part of God. I offer this in the spirit of the abstract expressionist tradition with recognizable homage to Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, Emily Mason, and others.
In addition to traditional art history and theory, I have studied chakras, creativity and meditation, Kabbalah and visual art, and other esoteric and therapeutic wisdoms to better understand and use the spiritual aspects of color. The length is exactly the time of a short meditation. It’s ok if the mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to the sounds and visuals.
This is mostly a flow of computer generated images based on simple digital drawings. A variety of software was used to oscillate the images to simulate water, natural patterns, and other things. My intention is to animate nonphysical objects in painterly ways. I set up parameters for the machine to interact with the drawings. I select music the way a choreographer does- energy, duration, theme, and sometimes through friends, although I often make my own soundtracks.