Trask, Karen

Karen Trask (Canada)

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    Video Title:
    Mothertext
    1999, 11:17

    Mothertext is an experimental video exploring the re-invention of a mother daughter relationship. Narrated in first person, it is the story of an artist’s attempt to create meaning out of personal loss. Writing is a performative act used to transcend childhood feelings of absence and sorrow. The video follows the artist’s creation of a visual and ephemeral poetry unfolding with time and process. Words are given an actual physical body – cast paper letters float in a sink of milk, handwritten letters suspended in space all transform over time. Empty space, silence and the whiteness of materials such as milk, snow and paper were used as metaphors to signify and revalue a presence of absence. What was background becomes foreground; what was shadow is also light. A new text writes over the old.

    This video participates in
    CologneOFF IV – Here We Are!
    4th edittion of Cologne Online Film Festival 2008
    Mother program