My work in video explores the political, material and semantic dimensions of language- both verbal/ written, and the shared codes of mass culture– and its role as the mediating liminal space between individual and collective. Specifically my work explores text and language within the moving image: as text on screen, as a structuring principle behind the work and for its ability to create meaning through interactions between audio, spoken word, text and image .
My work takes a critical, but playful, stance towards living in a capitalist society, often examining the interaction between consumerism, self-actualisation and belief within it. Using found text from everyday sources- from book titles to corporate slogans to personal diaries- my work humorously engages with the idea of a socially constructed self and the difficulty of creating a language and a way of living that remains critical despite exisitng within the thoroughly mediated and coopting landscape of conumer culture.
Trailer Truths I is the first installment of a trilogy of short films made up of text taken from movie trailers. Words and phrases are collaged together to create a darkly humorous text about war, evil and propaganda. The work playfully addresses the representation of power and language in the media, and the role of belief in the popular consciousness.
Ghost Story is a visual poem which uses the titles of celebrity autobiographies to tell the partial story of the artist’s life. Part truth, part fiction, the film questions the nature of personal experience through the prism of memory and addresses the porous boundary between ‘true life’ and fiction.
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