What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? How do you find the word that means Maria? – Oscar Hammerstein II Kært barn har mange navne (Translation: A cherished child has many names) – … Continue reading How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?
SUMMER 1993 is an astounding debut accomplishment. Director Simón is clearly in touch with the emotions that shaped her as a human being and as a filmmaker. Continue reading Summertime Sadness: How does a child process grief?
Almost two months ago, the Glasgow School of Art was ravaged by a fire. At about the same time, I was asked to co-curate an exhibition featuring selected works by this year’s graduating artists and designers to be shown at the Burgh Hall in Dunoon. As a graduate myself in 2012, I had been chosen to show work at the same venue, so it was exciting … Continue reading Controlled Burn – a curator’s notes
I have recently discovered the wonderful work of Margaret Tait, the Scottish experimental filmmaker and poet. I had heard of the Margaret Tait Award but never given it much thought until a friend of mine mentioned her work and that I might enjoy it. Soon after, I looked her up and was amazed at what she made in her lifetime. Such poetic, moving films that … Continue reading Film You Can Feel
http://vimeo.com/80673298 This is my most recent film poem. I edited together a video I made while scattering my uncle’s ashes with a poem I wrote a few months ago about the sea. It sometimes amazes me how two mediums can come together and turn into something bigger than as separate entities. This was one of those times for me. And I want to make more… … Continue reading Letter to the Sea
It’s been far too long since I’ve been active on the blog. So many things have happened that there is too much to tell in one post. So I will get myself going with a barrage of visual inspiration that I’ve been gathering in the past few months. My work has been transitioning from the sculpture and installation back to photography and video lately. I … Continue reading Agnes Varda on Poetry and Cinema
I just finished watching the Japanese movie Departures. A friend recommended it to me a wile ago because she knew that Japan is a big part of my inspiration and personal history, and also because a lot of my work revolves around the theme of death. I have been dancing around the movie for a while, even though it was on Netflix. Mostly because I … Continue reading Stone Letters
In my labyrinth of internet research today I came across an interesting exhibitions about sympathetic magic that was featured at the Armory Center for Arts in Pasadena last year. Unfortunately, there were no images of the exhibition since it consisted mainly of moving image works. I looked up a few of the artists in the show and found the video work IFO by Catherine Ross … Continue reading Flying Objects
I recently found a movie that I hadn’t watched in years, The Collector, based on the eponymous book by John Fowles. I first saw it one late night on TNT and remember it vividly. It’s made in 1965, so it’s not really a horror film as we know them today. The fear is more understated but all the more sinister because of it. Terence Stamp does … Continue reading The Collector