I am preoccupied with the subject of thought, particularly with the mind's ability to create streams-of-consciousness. These flowing perceptions are cognitive embodiments of self-perception that have the capacity to assist us with interpreting an ever-changing world. Edward Said has written that "all of us, by virtue of the simple fact of being conscious, are involved in constantly thinking about and making something of our lives, self-making being one of the bases of history is essentially the product of human labor." By utilizing the mediums of photography, video and installation, I attempt to render this labor and capture the imaginative outpourings of the human mind learning to be.
Prelude from Jeannette Louie on Vimeo.
Single Channel Video, HD, 10:34 mins., Color, Sound, 2010
“Prelude” presents a recorded interview of a bilateral amputee and a fictional visual interpretation of his stream-of-consciousness as he recounts his battle with contracting meningococcal meningitis and subsequent recovery from surgical amputation. This is an experimental video meant to immerse viewers into another person’s consciousness. And, it is an attempt to understand fear, anxiety, adaptability and the emotional state of becoming transformed.
Jeannette Louie utilizes diverse mediums to explore how human consciousness influences perception and interprets the physical world. She has exhibited at Platform in Kimusa Seoul, Korea, Modern Fuel, Canada, Homie Berlin, Germany, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, MI, Mills College Art Museum, CA, Esso Gallery, NY, ISE Cultural Foundation, NY, Ace Gallery, NY, Spaces, OH, Sala 1, Italy and Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Italy. Her experimental videos have been screened at the Athens International Film & Video Festival, USA, Jamaica Flux, USA, Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Hungary, Directors Lounge, Germany, the Korean Cultural Center LA, USA, Optica International Festival of Video Art, Spain and Carnegie-Mellon University, USA. She is a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship, a Creative Capital Foundation Grant and a Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome. She has also been awarded fellowships from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Brodsky Center at Rutgers University, Yaddo, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, Roswell Program, Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan and Sculpture Space.