Burning Angel Dust
Jackie J. Stone
Burning Angel Dust is a film that works within my objectives of using art as a vehicle for social action and deals with the practice of female genital cutting/mutilation.
As a storyteller, I sought to examine the practice, not only for the brutality of the act of the cutting, but also, and far more challenging, was to see how those who continue with the practice see it as something to be celebrated, an act that roots them deep in their culture.
I work first on materiality, the narrative is appearing, there is something that happens in the collage that has to do with an image that catches me, it obsesses me. And there begins the story / game. Little universes that unfold in covers of notebooks, papers, cardboard, parts of images that join, that propose a new meaning to the one that they brought.
'Reclining Nude' and 'Cake'
As my body feels its way toward knowing, tasks and questions are generated and folded back into the work. Questions of expectation and genderbias arise often in these interactions of body and material.
What do we expect female bodies to do and be?
And how have these expectations been “reproduced” and reiterated, both in art history and in society.
A Young Girl's Mess
In the words of Britney Spears, "I'm not a girl, not yet a woman", but when will it happen, Britney? I've had my period, I lost my virginity, I voted in an election, I even have my own phone plan, but I still feel the fear and sadness as strongly as I did when I was a goth kid in a trench coat at summer school.
The content of the video demonstrates glitched blackness and water to create a unique approach to the call. The original content that I captured was then distorted with the circuit bent video processors to form a glitched reproduction of the original video.
As a Denver birth photographer, I get to bear witness to incredible transformations again and again. I document unmatched strength, raw beauty, and authentic love.
As a 21 year old woman, and a local film maker, art with meaning and power are very important to me. I made this video when I was 17 years old in response to my volunteer work with the Sacramento B Street Planned Parenthood.
Queer conception is not new. We were the original Virgin Marys. We made babies in the most furtive, creative, and taboo ways. Our stories have frequently been excluded from common narratives around reproduction, and I hope to join with other artists to remedy this.
My work aims to speak about the contemporary world, focusing on investigating technology within culture, as well as on the political images from my social context. Through the appropriation of elements from my own environment, I seek to create new narratives for everyday life that can elicit a reaction on the spectator for new perspectives on our world.
I focus on exploring various mediums, seeking to balance images and concepts as, according to Kant, “Thoughts without intuitions are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind”