Video & Digital Media Artist

Sacramento State Portfolio


1. Unfolding2010, 57 second excerpt, video and digital photo.

The video is a progression of still photographs taken from the same vantage point out the front of my car window while moving from New Jersey to California. The images are blurred to concentrate on the abstracted forms that are created through such movement, to create obscurity, and a soft visual tactility. The digital image is a layering of all the photographs used in the video component of the installation, shown simultaneously at an equal opacity. The entire distance is seen at once, and an unplanned abstraction emerges.

2. And the Sea, 2017, 1 min excerpt, video.

And The Sea creates a relationship between an outward ocean landscape and the human bodyʼs internal movement and breathing rhythm. A coastal terrain is transformed into a constantly moving and shifting kaleidoscope. The resulting images metamorphose the water and its surrounding environment into an unsettling creature-like form. The video synchronizes with the soundtrack of layered breathing, and a vast ocean is portrayed as a living and changing being. The mixture of beauty and danger in the imagery evokes the terror sublime.

3. Internal Worlds, 2012, approx. 10 '  h x 11' diameter, video, Arduino, custom programming, LEDs, Pulse Sensor, mixed media.

Internal Worlds is an installation of abstract video projection and interactive components that explores how our sensing bodies shape our perception, and our selves. The pulse of the participant is detected through a biosensor and externalized as lights pulsing in time with their internal rhythm inside a custom helmet. The sound of a human heartbeat is played back at the cadence of different species, as additional lights synchronize to this new, unfamiliar tempo. These competing pulses affect the participant’s state of mind and bring a hyperawareness to their body, as they viscerally experience the biorhythm of another species, and feel pulled toward these alien rhythms through the process of entrainment.

4. Architectures of Memory, 2011, dimensions n/a, video projection mapping. With Helen Hyun-Kyung Park.

In research, we conducted interviews asking how memories looked, felt, and sounded. We chose to focus on the extremes of memory - happy memories, joyful memories, painful moments, memories you would never want to lose - with the idea that these polar extremes remain above all else when our memory deteriorates.

Using video to visually interpret our research, Architectures of Memory is a site-specific, thirty minute, three channel video installation exploring the many complexities and poetics of the construction of memory and its erosion within the human brain. Images and text were projected on the cliffside, rocks, and waves within the ocean inlet.

5. Single String2009, 30 second excerpt, video. Full duration 2 minutes 57 seconds.

Using 8mm family film to create a symmetrical corridor of kaleidoscopic imagery, the video is a trip inside a neuron of memory. The video was inspired by the idea of time seen as a single navigable string rather then sequential moments. The retro science fiction audio uses manipulated sounds of transit to illustrate the odyssey.

6. My California2006, 1 minute 16 second excerpt, three channel video. Full duration 6 minutes 38 seconds.

The piece is a revisitation to my Grandmother's olive ranch in California, blurred, slowed, and juxtaposed as it exists in my memories. The tour of the home is an expression of a solitary walk through one's mental recollection of a place, through the physical manifestation of nostalgia and ancestry.

7. ruins2008, 15 second excerpt, video. Full duration 1 minute 7 seconds.

A frame of my 8mm family film, by chance, catches in the projector and begins to burn as it is being played. This fragment of time is digitally manipulated to loop back and forth, and the sound of the projector is slowed down to an echoing repetition. The resulting short loop recalls an otherworldly heartbeat and the deteriorating aesthetics of memory.

8. Backyard Memory2010, 51 second excerpt, video and appropriated footage. Full duration 2 minutes 37 seconds.

9. vanishing point2008, 51 second excerpt, video and appropriated footage. Full duration 2 minutes 37 seconds.

By manipulating appropriated footage and soundtracks from several "road movies", the video examines the mythology and alluring hypnosis of the open road. Tumbling, unfolding forms are abstracted to create a constant motion without destination, lulling the viewer into a meditative type of thought.

10. and the place between2008, 33 second excerpt, three channel video. Full duration 33 minutes.

The perpetual forward motion of a walk in Berlin is split into three channels for an immersive installation. The sliver of reality in the middle channel is bookended with abstracted forms of the same footage.  These soft, extenuated forms create an atmosphere for contemplation.

11. Passenger Seat2006, 45 second excerpt, video and animation. Full duration 1 hour 30 minutes.

A frame-by-frame animation over live footage which recreates the experience of a passenger's mind and imagination on a long car trip.

12. Voyage on Bike2006, 30 second excerpt, video and animation. Full duration 44 seconds.

A rotoscope-like animation that illustrates the hyperactive, transient mind of an ordinary bike traveler.

13. Outside of Time2006, 35 second excerpt, video. Full duration 3 minutes 29 seconds.

A constant back and forth of build-up and breakdown is presented to the viewer through the repeated stop-motion sequence. The inundation of highly saturated colors, dense sound, and ambiguous textures is an abundance of detail presented at a rapid pace. It is both excitingly and frustratingly bottomless for the viewer, and examines the feeling and concept of intently chasing after the last detail.

14. Rehearsal2006, 1 minute 16 second excerpt, three channel video. Full duration 3 minutes 18 seconds.

The video takes the constructed reality of the stage and manipulates it into a secondary construction where the material objects and setting are transformed into an environment of light and color. The footage of a dancer's dress rehearsal is transformed into an atmospheric dream.

15. Learning Modern Dance From a Book (16 Times)2006, 33 second excerpt, video. Full duration 6 minutes 51 seconds.

A performance for video piece in which a dancer attempts to teach herself basic modern dance moves from a tutorial book. The piece proposes the idea of learning as performance, instead of a well-polished dance as performance. The jump-cut, lyrical editing allows the dancer to transcend the original intention of each move.

16. With You All Along2015, 20 second excerpt, video. Full duration 2 minutes 4 seconds.

This is a collaboration with a professional Irish Dancer and former member of Riverdance. The dance-for-camera video shows the dancer enter a banal concrete hallway and bring a rainbow of color to her surroundings through dance and interaction with the space. The video is intended for online social media marketing for the McKeever School of Irish Dance.

17. Fungal Time in the Satoyama Forest2013, 31 second excerpt, two channel video, photo. By Anna Tsing and Elaine Gan. Animation and Video editing by Natalie Goldman. Full duration 3 minutes 58 seconds.

"Here, walking becomes a series of temporal patternings that are synchronized between a forester's movements above ground and fungal growth underground. The photograph in the background shows satoyama, the idealized peasant landscape of central Japan, a living assemblage of woodlands, gardens, rice fields, water channels, and village paths.

This installation begins to describe satoyama as a manifold of times, a recursive patch that both shapes and emerges from durational yet indeterminate encounters between many species." - Elaine Gan

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18. Feral Farm Cats2013, dimensions n/a, digital illustrations.

A series of digital illustrations of my interactions with the feral cats at my grandmother's farm, a study of their groupings and moments of domestication.


19. Purr Suit, work in progress, dimensions n/a, video, EEG sensor, electronics, Arduino, custom programming, mixed media.

Purr Suit is an interactive installation that includes a wearable jacket embedded with vibration motors and speakers that 'purrs' in synchronization with the respiration of the user. An EEG sensor, which reads and monitors changes in brainwaves, will gather data to quantify how users are affected by wearing the Purr Suit and interpret these changes into the surrounding video projection.

20. A Single Blinkwork in progress, dimensions n/a, mini-Ardunio, tilt sensor electronics, LED's, pendulums, mixed media.

In some species of fireflies, the insect’s flashing light acts as an oscillator, and couples with other fireflies in close proximity. Within a short period of time, a group of fireflies will change from asynchronous blinks to a single coordinated flash. The installation replicates this movement from individual flickers, to a harmonious burst of light using pendulums, LEDs, and physical computing with Arduino boards and tilt sensors. Coupled oscillation can also be witnessed when multiple pendulums, swinging next to each other, entrain their rhythms. A pendulum with an LED light and battery power source swings right to left. A tilt sensor, also connected to the pendulum, senses a full right or left swing. When this position is detected, the sensor interfaces with custom programming and an Arduino board to trigger a blink of the LED light. Over time, these blinks occur simultaneously, mimicking the fireflies’ synchronization. Secondarily, viewers will wear a "pulse band"  that detects their heartbeat and visualizes it with an LED light. Viewers have a visual connection to the electronic fireflies, and ability to witness if their hearts are affected by the flashing “insects”, or by the blinking pulse of other human participants that surround them.