Statement

“... narrative is biological before it becomes linguistic and literary.”
–Paul John Eakin, Living Life Autobiographically

Prevailing research in neurobiology suggests that the brainstem is the housing for the self. Because the brainstem is the connector of the body and the mind, this implies that every embodied action plays an inseparable role in self-formation. These images are linkages of past and future autobiography. They are indexed recordings of a body generating maps and crossing boundaries. These boundaries are of the self that was, and is, and will be.

My approach is to use time, sequence, and superimposition to make cinematic images that are an index of autobiography. They are like speech-acts, converting actions into wordless narratives of self-formation. With the use of objects and gestures, I record performed repetitive actions as bodily metaphors for the conditions of being a person. This is a way to consider how embodied activity influences neurological habits. For instance, the repetitive tying of knots can intimate the effort to hold on to a memory. 

The practice of making is a liturgy with rhythm and rest, stasis and motion. These are images composed through simultaneous appearances of past and present events. Time in these works is bi-directional, rendering autobiographical acts as a way to reorient past narratives and frame future ones. Time is evident as a visual confusion of superimposition and collapse capturing each image as an apparition.

With each bodily articulation an intractable mark is made etching a map in the body through which autobiography is collected, understood, and shared. Each image is an index of action and together they are volumes of pre-linguistic and pre-literary autobiography –a narrative reification of self in formation.

-Lauren Shea Little, May 1, 2014