Elisa Garcia De La Huerta
2011
Solitary Birthday 2010, site-specific video installation, 160 x 120 x 120" (detail: The Piniata video still, 40 x 60" screened size)
Solitary Birthday
2010, site-specific video installation, 160 x 120 x 120" (detail: The Piniata video still, 40 x 60" screened size)

Memory churns the psyche, itself a churn of memories. The past creates our selves, yet the self selects remembrances of the past. Through unconscious murmurs, these nostal-gic images simultaneously shape and are distorted by our whole history of emotional experience.

I use video and photography to document the performance of personal experiences in secret spaces, uncovering profound struggle, fear, anger, anxiety, sadness and pain. The emotional gaps of loss, instability and balance exist within vulnerability. Through an intuitive, impulsive process of poised intensity, I discover and repair these lapses in spaces of concealment and juxtaposition.

My entire childhood is held on my father's Super 8 films. From this trove of captured memories, I select and manipulate particular actions or gestures within which I find ambiguous imagery. Straddling the thin line between pleasure and violence, my performances reactivate the original footage.

I project these performances in multichannel video installations. These installations, private forts pastiched of soft home fabrics re-spond to the manipulated old video and stir the performances. Cloistering past and present, the intimate spaces offer promise of privacy, as well as seclusion's embarrassing secrets.

Elisa Garcia De La Huerta, class of 2011

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