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Cecilia Schmidt
Brooklyn,, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: Cecilia Schmidt's work is imbued with a poignant sense of temporality. Although she has produced a myriad of work in varied media such as sculpture, paintings, video and photography, the common thread woven throughout is the tension between the natural environment and mediated reality, with an evocation of impermanence. Whether she is combining natural, found materials with female or animal forms, constructing miniature tableaus with birds and flowers, or Dick and Jane era dolls in lush, saturated prints, or manipulating digital images of nature taken from television and the internet, she is fascinated with time and history as a metaphor for loss.
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This video was made from a series of photographs that I took of a nature program on the television. I manipulated and reassembled the photographs to reflect the artifacts of their digital origins. I then imported the images into the computer and manually scrolled through them, creating an illusion of a moving image. A video camera was used to record what occurred on the screen.

I mean to engage the viewer with the contradiction between the esthetically pleasing imagery and the plight of the frenetic birds. I am interested in exploring the influence of digital technology on the varying ways that I experience nature—with a sense of wonder, anxiety and unease. While I am bombarded by images of nature in commercials, television, nature and survival shows, and the internet, this proliferation creates the illusion of a boundless natural world. In fact, nature is being extinguished through habitat loss, climate change, etc. while more of my contact with it occurs through digital representation.


 








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