On view December 1, 2023 – January 1, 2024
Medium: HD Projection Mapped Video
Vivid Light displays the dichotomy between polarizing memories that evoke opposite emotions, but also celebrates the magical moments in life. The liquid light show serves as the base imagery, which is an activity my father and used to do in our basement when I was a child. The organic blobs of colored oil mimic cellular mitosis throughout the body, and the spread of disease that took my father’s life. Layered onto thus are vivid memories from a childhood trip to Disney World, representing emotions of happiness and sadness tangentially. The teacups spin much like the liquid light, as the memories become intertwined. Lastly, the animation of my father’s financial calculations throughout time visually demonstrates the deterioration of his brain at the end of his illness. These calculations were written daily, and over the period of 4 months, slowly became more scrambled, including owing money on a boat he didn’t own. In unison, this video represents the essence of my father and the memories we share, which is something his illness will never be able to claim.
Katina Bitsicas is a Greek-American new media artist who utilizes video, installation, AR and performance in her artworks to explore grief, loss, trauma and memory.
In my creative practice I explore personal loss and trauma through video, installation, photography and performance to make parallels between these experiences. My multimedia works revolve around the theme of bringing back to life, while the afterlife is still looming near. The overarching theme is how we as humans can connect via shared experiences and make meaning of these experiences. Metaphors, such as red thread, are used as symbols for loss and the longing for connection. Often times these works are created or installed in the natural environment, making parallels between the human body/systems and these unseen systems/structures within nature. I see the power in nature being able to bear witness to the remnants of these life experiences.
Another part of my research is providing Digital Storytelling workshops to individuals who are recently bereaved as a meaning making intervention. Participants create their own digital story projects using both archival and newly created images to make meaning of their loss. This research is funded through BJC Hospice in St. Louis and the University of Missouri Department of Family and Community Medicine. Through this research, I am able to see direct results with the participants and myself through the power of storytelling and art; mediums that I also use to process my own traumas.