bloom and fade

BIO

Multimedia artist Jennifer Schwed uses super 8 film and video combined with editing technology to give voice to one of the greatest human desires: love. An accomplished—and published—poet, Jennifer combines her original free-verse poetry with film, photography and music to create avante-garde "cinepoems."

Part film experiment, part performance art and part literature, Jennifer's cinepoems layer rich, saturated modern imagery with music, and the poet's own voice. The result? A not-quite-narrative—but visually stunning—examination of the human condition.

"My work is a moving visual interpretation of words and thoughts and ideas, without boundaries or rules," says the artist. "I've always been drawn to creating digital collages; collecting random elements and making them fit together," she continues. "The ability to combine the old-fashioned art of poetry with the newer technologies of film and video is like being able to bring a thought, an idea to life."

Jennifer continues, "There are usually multiple layers to the work and I try to re-create a feeling rather than a literal visual interpretation of an idea. I want viewers to feel like they've experienced a painting in 3D—a piece that comes alive in many dimensions, with images, music, words and motion."

Jennifer got her design start studying Interactive Multimedia at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She followed that up with over a decade of experience in the interactive design field, working for a number of high-profile clients.

In 2008, Jennifer released her first full length CD, Mellow Dramas, on the Stereo Deluxe label. Her poems appear on over two dozen compilations. Her cinepoems are available at www.BloomAndFade.com.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I've been creating digital art for years and years. I've been writing/recording poetry for years and years. The images and the poetry were so interconnected in my head—I created most of my still images with words sewn into the background.

I've always been drawn to creating digital collages; collecting random elements and making them fit together. Eventually, it occurred to me I could bring this all to life, make it move, make it breathe.

Drawing many media into one area to create a multi-dimensional art form is a great artistic challenge that I can't resist. The ability to combine the old-fashioned art of poetry with the newer technologies of film and video is like being able to bring a thought, an idea to life.

Inspiration for art is everywhere. Picasso. Chagall. Escher and Magritte. Neruda. The fiercely undefined chaos of love; the random beauty of emotion—how it surfaces. The unexpected nature of the human experience...being compelled and repelled simultaneously.

It's addictive, this rendering of reality through film, the re-creation of what exists altered to a dream state.