Thalia portrays a female apparition picking leaves from between flowers. She forages on overgrown land in the shadow of an abandoned factory in present-day Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thalia is the muse of idyllic poetry and comedy in Greek mythology. Engaard used analog home video cameras because of their natural Impressionistic picture qualities. He preserved the video’s pixels to include its natural texture and took advantage of the cameras’ unique ways of capturing light and movement. Thalia is one of nine (9) videos in the series entitled "Mnemosyne", named after the Greek goddess of memory and mother of the muses. The series explores memorialization, nostalgic impulses, and forgotten ideas.
Name: Jesse Engaard
Place of Birth: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
University of the Arts, Philadelphia; BFA Film and Digital Video, 2004
Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Peter Rose was the director of our program and exposed me to video art that changed my life and inspired my practice.
Particular field of study or class work:
Experimental Video, Philosophy, Music, Perception
Major influences/admired artists:
Bill Viola, John Barnes, Gregory Marcopoulos, Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, William Dufala, Andrew Jeffery Wright, Ted Passon, David Kessler, Jayson Musson, Alex DaCorte, Cooper Holowiski, Brian Bress, Mohamed Bourouissa, Zya Levy, Jay Makary, Christine Jones, Richard Taylor
Favorite materials or media:
Analog video cameras, digital compositing software, tungsten light, found objects
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