Whispering Pines 7, Video, 2006, 4:43 min, color, sound
Thanks so much for posting your work.
I’m interested in how you center on interior spaces and decorative items that attempt to bring nature into the domestic sphere in the Whispering Pine series. I have watched 6, 7, and 8. What drew you to incorporating objects like water fall sculptures and glass dolphins into your videos?
I was also struck by the sequence from Whispering Pines 7 in the still you posted, where the character in the video sings about being a woman. How are you exploring gender in the video? I’m thinking about how the products that you utilize, such as Crystal Light, are marketed specifically to women.
Just watched your Whispering Pines series myself. Captivating.
The central figure is such an irresistible caricature. She reminds me of Pee Wee Herman. I just realized how much I miss him.
I like how you explore gendered objects and look forward to reading your reply to Jillian’s q’s about those dolphins and waterfalls.
ShanaMHi Jillian and Cathy, Thanks for the comments. The exploration of gender in these videos is coming from a totally subjective perspective. I use nose-pore strips and REALLY want them to work(as much as I want the idea of Kundalini to be real) and my mother drinks artificially sweetened drinks like Crystal light because of her diabetes(until she learned that the aspartame in drinks like this one caused night her night terrors). And one of the original Crystal light commercials used the same Enya song, so I suppose they were already marketing this drink to women who identified with the new age movement. I personally have identified with most of the things in my videos drawn from pop culture—and have chosen items that provide a sense of fantasy and frustration at the same time.
I think those conflicting feelings apply to the artificial nature-home decor as well. These objects represent frustrated/nostalgic longings for a natural paradise that is gone and never really existed in the romantic state that we imagine. The Last Unicorn song sums up both dilemmas for me—in the movie the character(with Mia Farrow’s voice) is lamenting giving up her natural/fantastical unicorn state for human love –and my use of the song laments becoming a woman and having to have perfect pores–or menstruation–or having to be a goddess/mother.
Pee Wee Herman is the self-actualized or more naive version of my character—he has sort of freed himself of a heavy ID with a particular gender and his fantasy life is real. If only they could meet!