Patient / Iceberg 1
Digital Color Photograph
8 x 10 inches
Patient / Iceberg Series
BIO: Heidi Kumao is an interdisciplinary artist who creates videos, machine art, and installations to explore ordinary social interactions and their psychological undercurrents. These works range in media from wearable electronics and interactive television broadcast to video sculpture and robotic girl’s legs. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Canada. Her recent film, Swallowed Whole, was recently screened in over 25 international film festivals and was awarded “Best Experimental Film” at the Female Eye and Humboldt International Film Festivals in 2015. She has received fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is an associate professor at the School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. www.heidikumao.net
STATEMENT: This photo was taken in the Arctic when I was participating in The Arctic Circle 2013 Summer Solstice Expedition. I went on this trip in order to gather material for a film I was making about surviving two years of medical trauma. Swallowed Whole is a somber, animated, experimental film about surviving extreme isolation and physical limitations as a result of traumatic injury. This abbreviated, jarring journey explores the physical and psychological landscapes of hospitalization and recovery. Edited to emphasize the physical impact of dropping, crashing, and slamming, the film repeats vertical frame-rolls from analog TV to metaphorically replay the impact that literally broke the filmmaker’s back.