Deanna Bowen

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is an interdisciplinary suite of works that explore complex notions of trauma and recurrent sorrow. Alternately framed as a song of loss and longing, the combined works form a surreal semi-autobiographical account of a daughter's repudiation of mother, family, and home. The suite combines photographs of found hymn books, a sculptural/audio work, and a single channel video projection that uses appropriated footage from King Vidor's "Hallelujah" and John Stahl & Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life."

All documentation photography by Steve Payne

med. resolution flash video: Imitation of Life (A Hypothesis): 2008, Colour, DVD, 08:26:22 min. Looping single channel video projection.

installation view - Imitation of Life (A Hypothesis): Colour, DVD, 2008. Looping 7 min single channel video projection.

installation view - Hymnals suite: editioned series of seven digital inkjet photos on Epson photo paper.

installation view - Preacherman (Stela): Walnut Veneered Plywood, Speaker Cloth, stain, audio composition, mp3 player, powered speakers, miscellaneous hardware. Approx. 2ft w x 2ft d x 4ft h. Continuous play


Director, Producer, Picture Editing, Animation: Deanna Bowen

16 mm Cinematography: Christina Battle

Still Photography, Digital Priniting: Deanna Bowen

Sound Design: Chandra Bulucon, Puppy Machine Productions

Speaker Fabrication: Paul Gorrie