ARTIST STATEMENT: I make films, performances, drawings and new media artworks inspired by popular film genres like horror and romance. Horror themes and cautionary tales are central to recent projects, which feature simple narratives, archetypes like zombies or masked figures, magnificent landscapes, and local actors.
The Rock and the True Believers (2015) was shot in Newfoundland ("The Rock" to Newfoundlanders), featuring barren rock, the North Atlantic, icebergs, and fog, all shimmering with the supernatural. Local actors, some dressed as mummers, stand among carnivorous pitcher plants, moose, sea lions, whales and puffins. A soundtrack features modified sea shanties in a "call and response" style, traditionally sung on the voyage towards shore. Filmed across Northern Scotland, Valley of the Deer (2013) is populated sparsely by masked predators and prey in modified highland dress, along with apparitions of live animals. Folklore, paganism, and traditional music are woven into a hunting narrative amidst lush landscapes.
In these works, each scene is a separate composition and a nearly still image where little movement, save hair in wind or an animal moving its head, betrays the stillness.
Earlier video work features performances either filmed live in urban locations, or shot in my studio and transposed with scenes from popular films. In Horror Make-up, I applied makeup during a subway commute, transforming myself into a ghoul rather than beautifying my features. The subway audience was unaware they were witnessing a performance. In The Screaming (2007), I trespass digitally into brief scenes from familiar horror films such as The Shining and A Nightmare on Elm Street, screaming to scare monsters away or even destroy them.