BFA THESIS FILM: postpartum
Over the course of about nine months, I completed my BFA degree film, postpartum. I worked through a series of visual and audio experiments from start to finish. Unsure of where this piece would take me, I hoped to answer every "what if..." I could meet along the way.
early germs of ideas:
I initially gravitated toward the manifestations of individual vulnerability to influence my visual and thematic choices. Through controlled means of expression (i.e. lighting, material and camera), I was interested in understanding an experience that I perceive as involuntary at the root. I shot several motion tests of the mother puppet figure, focusing on one exaggerated body movement or material manipulation at a time. After a particular conversation, I was thinking about the inherent physical vulnerability that newborn babies possess, and how that is more "normalized" than the mother's physical and emotional discomfort and trials throughout, and after a pregnancy. Going forward, I directed my film to the first moments of the relationship that is formed between a mother and newborn, occupying both psychological and physical space during and after birth.