Kobresia

Artist Statement
These pieces are experiments in abstract, non-linear narrative and personal imagistic storytelling. My goal as an artist is to reflect the audience’s humanity back to itself by communicating and visualizing the fragile, subjective nature of memory and the notion that life and memory are ephemeral and fleeting and are intrinsically and organically linked.

Kobresia Fragments - The Land

Sometimes a word can take on a new meaning, a personal meaning that transcends simplistic definition, an organic meaning, idea or notion that is better expressed visually, than simply with words.  *Kobresia is a music track by the ambient electronic musician Geir Jenssen, from his LP Substrata has had great impact on me and on my approach to the work through its multi-layered makeup, and its clashing and merging of aesthetically different elements.

Kobresia Fragments - Relic

In my work, the word kobresia has taken on a personal meaning – it has come to represent work that is layered, organic, sometimes nuanced and subtle, sometimes obviously pointing out that which is often taken for granted – no matter the medium, whether it be film, theatre or visual arts. In some instances, this personal meaning of kobresia it is about a feeling or notion in its pure state, while defying the idea that all must be ordered or tidy.

Kobresia Fragments - Divide

Sometimes in the work, chaos reigns, and it is in our seeking for some order in the chaos that we find meaning. My personal attachment to the word, the meaning is has taken on for me, and my experiments in this type of storytelling has strengthened my belief in the notion that the whole of a story is synergistic, more than the sum of its parts: story is the sum total of all elements the narrative draws on, regardless of the order of its telling.

Kobresia: Fragments (2011), Kobresia: Fragments, Redux (2012)
Kobresia: Fragments is a short experimental film that utilizes a number of styles. This is the second, shorter cut of the film, minus the prelude. The film has also been presented as part of an intermedial performance art piece that juxtaposed video with spoken word.

Kobresia Fragments - Mother

Kobresia Fragments - Father

Text Victoria Secunda, Balzac, Abraham Lincoln, Harlan Ellison, John Gregory Brown, Erich Fromm, Bonnie Garrett, Phil Garrett and Unknown
Music borrowed from Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino. The song Turn Around was written by Harry Belafonte, Allan Greene, Malvina Reynolds
Inspirational Thanks to Terrence Malick, Eliot Rausch, Geir Jenssen/Biosphere
Special Thanks to Janet Parrott, The Ohio State University Department of Theatre, Michelle, Hayden, & Kate, Toni, and Mom & Dad.
Locations Bigelow Bridge / Axe Handle Road and Little Darby Creek, Union County, Ohio; Northmoor Park, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield, Ohio
*Previously copyrighted material used for educational purposes.*

Kobresia: Sea Change 2011
Kobresia: Sea Change is another short experimental and was the first Kobresia film. Ultimately, the film is about change and the forces that pull one in different directions.

Kobresia Sea Change - Exit

Kobresia Sea Change - The Ram

Music Elbow’s “Some Riot” elbow.co.uk
Special Thanks to Jacob Wooten, Kevin McClatchy, Janet Parrott, Michelle, Hayden, and Kate
Locations Kobo kobolive.com; Northmoor Park, Columbus, Ohio.
*Previously copyrighted material used for educational purposes.*

Kobresia: There Nov. 2011
This film began as a test shoot for the iPhone, and became an experiment in subjectivity.

Kobresia There

Kobresia There

Kobresia There

Kobresia There

Kobresia: What Is 2012
This is a long form experimental video that juxtaposes clips from various journeys I had taken in 2011 and 2012. The piece runs 50 mins and was created specifically for the performance and installation Stage/Studio: Space Transformed at the Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio.

Kobresia What Is

Kobresia What Is

Kobresia What Is

* Kobresia by Biosphere/Geir Jenssen, track 7 on the Substrata release (1997)
Kobresia is a multi-layered soundscape of a song. As mentioned above, Geir Jenssen’s work, particularly this track, has had great impact on me and on my approach to the work . The track is embedded below via Grooveshark.

biosphere.no
mp3s on biosphere.no
Pick up a copy of Kobresia and Substrata here.
More information about the track may be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Substrata_(album)
Biosphere on Grooveshark.

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