I saw Meredith’s thesis show at Yale, and I really admired its simplicity and its effort-full-ness.
Also– I read her travel proposal on her website and it revealed that we have a lot in common. She wants to make videos that conflate spaces and make people question the value of an authentic experience, particularly as it relates to artifice.
Her work made me really think about how much faith I have in images. I was sharing with a close friend the other day, how I always think that a representational painting was done from observation. I know how silly that is. But I can’t help but believe in the completeness of an image. I think the best painters really can create realities for the viewer. I don’t think I could make a really convincing painting, but I really believe in extending my belief in representation to video. Wouldn’t you want to make a reality that makes you question real-reality?
I think the strength of this piece is that you want it to end at some point, because there is a comfort in linear structure and time. Meredith seems to always be thinking about time and structure… and class.
I can’t help but feel that she, herself, is beyond class though. When she takes us through luxurious spaces/occurrences in this video, she’s in control, the same way that she is in control when she’s dressed up as a guard in more recent work. She holds all the cards and understands the reality of what she’s made for us. I suppose she does propose that she’s putting herself in an awkward position, physically/spatially and metaphorically.