Emily Hofelich

Threads

Video Installation

An interactive quilt with specific fabric squares (buttons) that respond to touch by changing the video playing through the projector. The top of the quilt hangs from the wall where the video is being projected while the bottom of the quilt lays on a table. The bottom of the quilt contains the fabric buttons that activate the video.

Biography:
Emily Hofelich was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1984. She received a B.F.A. in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 with a focus in post-production and documentary filmmaking. In 2008, she began work on The Last Tobacco Farmer, a personal documentary about her family’s tobacco farm in Eastern Kentucky.

Emily’s work has continued to explore concepts in collective memory and familial bonds. Her latest work, Family Archivist, explores the fragileness of memory through a reflexive reconstruction of her grandfather’s life through oral history and archival materials. Currently, Emily is an M.F.A student in the Media Arts program at Emerson College.

Artist Statement:
Familial bonds and the malleability of memory are themes I am interested in exploring in my work. Particularly, when memories are passed down creatively through storytelling, the arts, and cultural traditions. Documentary filmmaking has been the focus of my work and typically aimed toward social connections within a community.

My work also explores my role in the preservation of these traditions and “memory making” by including myself as a subject. I seek to merge my own methods for self-expression with the creative traditions of my ancestors in order to preserve and honor my past.

The philosophy that we are all editors of history is what led me to the idea of presenting documentary film in an interactive installation. This medium allows the viewer to become engaged in a multi-sensory experience in which they are controlling the method of content delivery. The viewer, in effect, becomes the writer of the history rather than a bystander.

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