Mother House

MotherHouseOn May 20- Five mothers transform a house with art and performance. “The MotherHouse” is a Pop- Up art and performance show addressing artist/mothers- the issues of labor/work, frivolous but necessary acts, ambiguity, cultural expectation, media representation within the intersection of care-taking and art-making. Children welcome to attend.  $5 Suggested donation at the door. Proceeds benefit RAICES.

JULIA BARBOSA LANDOIS

BRENDA BURMEISTER

EMILY FLEISHER

AMBER ORTEGA-PEREZ

 YULIYA LANINA

Temporary Installation

On view at 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival 

Pitching a tent in a public campground is a performance of demarcating privacy in the hopes of engendering personal, family bonding away from the distractions of the virtual world. As such, a family camping trip in itself is a constructed intimacy which is paralleled by my design of an intimate audience experience within the video tent. However, intimacy and concentration are broken when the spectators enter, aligning artist and audience in our act of intrusion. The implications of my attempts to document families at public camping sites trespassed and interrupted the family’s bonding experience. By choosing to enter and engage in the act of being an audience or documentarian, we splinter images of the families’ collaborative efforts towards privacy

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Artist Statement

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Artist Statement

My artwork marries several mediums including video, film, and interactive new media. It is characterized by an unusually raw aesthetic with visceral images. I look to experimentally visualize the delicate, albeit ordinary, moments of fissures and connections within the family unit particularly in the context of single motherhood. I delve into how the confluence of inheritance, relationships, and memory shape our narratives and how a mother’s narrative further twines with that of her children’s.

My personal experiences are portrayed with uncommon vulnerability and unflinching resolve often using fragmented text both to reveal and to withhold information. In disclosing mine and other’s stories, I seek to elicit a broader conversation about intimacy and exposure in context to societal pressures and families.  It is crucial to me that my work is accessible and unpretentious, inviting the public to engage, interact, and experience it. Above all, I consider myself a metaphor maker- drawing parallels between personal insights and universal experience, between a simple action and a complicated truth, and between you and me.

Film/Video

Links to video and film files on request.

Image by Brenda L Burmeister  from film transfer, 1999.

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I Have To Close My Eyes

2015 Screenings: Athens International Film +Video Festival , Indie Grits, Experiments in Cinema (Artist in Attendance)

I Hav

The dislocation between memory and documentation, the slippage between fact and fiction: sometimes, family lore and love stories fashion a more alluring and seamless story than the actual one.

 Family lore painted my naturalist ancestor with pride for his scientific accomplishments in his adopted Brazil. In fact, research suggests he was an ass. The juxtaposition between memory and documentation creates alluring tension, which I married to fragments of a poem written in the aftermath of my  love affair with digitally excavated images of the Burmeisteri beetle which my ancestor named 150 years ago.

A Date with Your Family

2015 Screenings:  Athens International Film +Video Festival, Indie Grits

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The tensions and expectations surrounding the family dinner through personal insights, statistics, and television commercials from the last fifty years.

Clinging and Grasping

2013 Screenings: SEFF Binghamton, Duke Arts Showcase

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A conceptual meditation on time and being present in the moment while expounding on the metaphysical dilemma of feeling lost in the dark. The evocative images transcend the mundane moments of dog walking, commuting, getting dressed, brushing teeth, and blowing out a candle.

UpEnded

2013 Screenings: SEFF Binghamton,  Experimental Film Festival, Portland (Director’s Pick Award)

A video which reckons with loss and growth after a family move. It is a fluxes inspired video about change, a textured exploration of family, and ultimately a performance piece where I reckon with the power I have to “upend” my family’s lives. Moments of surprising humor, acceptance, and raw truth surface with each response.

Now Screening

 

The Rule of Capture, animation, 2017

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May 19 7 PM Screening at Aurora Picture Show in Houston

The rule of capture is the legal term which grants the groundwater rights to land owners. Using images of 1950 Texas land surveys and dowsing rods, the animation speculates on water rights and the meaning of a glance, a flutter, a text asking both “Is there water underneath?” and  “How do you know if they like you?”

Clinging and Grasping 2013

2013 Screenings: SEFF Binghamton, Duke Arts Showcase

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A conceptual meditation on time and being present in the moment while expounding on the metaphysical dilemma of feeling lost in the dark. The evocative images transcend the mundane moments of dog walking, commuting, getting dressed, brushing teeth, and blowing out a candle.