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06

Vanessa Moscato : working t_eye_tle


by ley lortie

Vanessa Moscato’s current “working t_eye_tle” is a 6-minute long, single-channel video consisting of her everyday life. The piece is somewhat linear and yet very non-linear at the same time; it breaks up time, mixes it, explores it through feelings, and truly expresses what memories feel like in that way. It contains many exterior and interior shots, overlapping visuals, and passing
moments, accompanied by words from various songs. It’s a reflection in the mirror, and a relatable meditation on time, moments and memories.

The piece’s timeline is most interesting because it feels lost, mixed, confused, and yet we see the progression of fall into winter, which shows a certain continuity. The video takes time to absorb the viewer into its world, taking us into the kaleidoscope of images before words enter. I find the piece very dreamlike and some have also called it otherworldly and trippy. The words first enter with Vanessa dancing in front of a mirror where emotionally empowering words seem
to be listed (collaborative, supportive, creative, sexy, generous, etc.). We then start hearing the artist quote multiple popular songs, which continues sporadically throughout the video. Most people don’t listen to lyrics, usually blinded by the celebrities singing them, whilst in this piece justice is done to the words by presenting them meditatively and quoting their writer instead What follows is more walking on sidewalks and in parks, a recurring theme of continuous movement. We see a close-up of the artist’s face and there is a feeling of something darker, accomplished with dramatic lighting, and the long dark shadows of a waning day. What I see when I look at this piece is the still moments of everyday life, the emotional pauses, the times of reflection with light and darkness, thoughtful walks with friends, and the stillness of time in this.

Vanessa’s art is healing. She describes it as therapy, and so is her walk, getting a bit of fresh air, nature, movement, and time for thoughts. In this video, she merges her walking and art together. Vanessa wanted to leave space for people to relate, whilst also going through a healing and reflective process for herself, and I believe she achieved this. This work for Vanessa was exploring something she hadn’t done before, exploring the self and facing the 'mirror,’ which in quite a literal sense, was present in her piece. The video is soft and meditative, it’s human, it’s a person, a heart, flashes of a memory, a mirror.

Finally, as I watch Vanessa’s video, I’m reminded of the obvious temporality we currently stand in. This work definitely deals with time and moments, a moment present that becomes past so fast. As I am writing this, the whole world is currently operating under restrictions in an international pandemic. I feel like this work fits in with a currently growing body of works in the face of COVID-19 that are very self reflective works that deal with connections to others, loneliness, the core of life, the home, and small moments. More than ever, time is warped confused, and much like this work expressed, as if it was floating all around us. This lost time ephemeral memories, and emotions, are what Vanessa expresses here.