Fishing with Angela, 2015-2016, single channel video and stills
Total run time: 11:09
In spring 2015, artist and mentor Angela Dufresne took Kerry Downey on a fishing trip in upstate New York. Downey's subsequent project, both video and performance, uses an overhead projector to copy Dufresne’s gestures. This work explores the relationship between fishing and painting, practice and presence, mentor and mentee. As Dufresne ties flies to mimic nature to catch a fish, Downey imitates Dufresne, trying to learn what Dufresne has to teach experientially. By taking on her gestures, Downey is interested in the somatic ways feminist and queer histories move through bodies using repetition and improvisation. This work uses wetness and flow to sustain relationships between bodies of water, both figurative and environmental.
Interview with EFA Project Space