The Strenuous Life

 

The Strenuous Life (2014) is my undergraduate Visual Arts thesis. I worked on it concurrently with Space Monkey. The video is a re-enactment of Theodore Roosevelt's 1899 speech "The Strenuous Life" by seven women of color, book-ended by scenes from James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar and the opening sequence of the original 1997 Pokémon TV series. 

     materials: misc. mixed media, toys, sheepskin, plants, DVD loop (29:31 mins)

     Dimensions variable

 

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VIDEO STILLS

Taylor/Teddy

Taylor/Teddy

Marian/Teddy

Marian/Teddy

Salonee/Teddy

Salonee/Teddy

Gesiye/Teddy

Gesiye/Teddy

 Érida/Teddy

 Érida/Teddy

Megan/Teddy

Megan/Teddy

Catherine/Teddy

Catherine/Teddy