Tree Of Consumption

Dana Claxton

1993, 11:47 minutes, B&W


Through this video, Dana Claxon links the destructive effects of colonization to women and the environment. She connects the degradation of women to the deterioration of the environment. In exploring the parallels between the treatment of the earth and the treatment of women, the artist has intentionally used low-end video equipment to produce a degenerated image. A woman stands in a destroyed forest among cut and broken trees. The images are also electronically "ripped, cut and torn" in post-production, eventually blurring the artist's body with that of the earth. The resulting video is an elegant impression of the artist's response to society's misuse of the environment coupled with the danger women face on the streets and in their homes. Dedicated to the Ikoda Nation.

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