Lost in the Badlands
Welsh provides an overview of CUE Art Foundation's retrospective of Cecelia Condit's video work. Describing Condit's early videos as unnerving and pushing boundaries between dream and reality, documentary and fiction,Welsh draws parallels between Condit and artists Laura Kipnis, Dara Birnbaum, Vanalyne Green, and Jane C. Finley in their postmodern feminist approach to pop culture conventions.
Condit's middle period is marked by aesthetic motifs of superimpositions, still images, and unusual camera angles, echoing the reappearance of thematic specters - mummies, masks, her mother, generational stories, and the mundane becoming terrifying.
Condit lists Leslie Thornton and Mary Lucier as influences, the former for her hyper-real questioning of documentary truth, the latter for her visuals of the female body in natural landscapes.
ITEM 2013.156 – available for viewing in the Research Centre
Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited
Beneath the Skin – Cecelia Condit
Not a Jealous Bone
Why Not A Sparrow
All About a Girl