About the Artist
Cecelia Condit is an artist whose work addresses the fears and displacement that exist between our selves and society, our selves and the natural world. Condit has shown internationally in festivals, museums and alternative spaces and is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and Centre Georges Pompidou Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France. She has received numerous awards including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, American Film Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mary L. Nohl Foundation. She is a professor emerita in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
I consider myself a storyteller working within the psychological landscape of contemporary fairy tales, dreams and poetry. I explore archetypal themes where my characters are often shaped by an innate violence and basic cold-heartedness. The last few years, I find myself leaning towards creating more environmentally vulnerable worlds, and places where territory and resources are scarce. In these places, wild animals, like turtles, polar bears, giraffes and zebras, exist silently threatened by possible extinction. These natural landscapes might be a small county park (Tales of a Future Past) a backyard (Some Dark Place), a deserted housing project in Western Ireland (Pulling Up Roots) or a snow-covered rock (Pizzly Bear).
I rounded up my 30-year career as a teacher May 2017. Since then I have been leading a very different life. I don’t need a studio any more. Video editing and Photoshop are easily managed in a small extra room. I set up a routine where I get up, meditate, do yoga and set to work editing and sometimes preparing to shoot. The biggest challenge is to find the limit of how long I want to work each day. How much exercise do I need? Who do I see and how often? These questions have an urgency that they didn’t before. It is a beginning that I embrace full-heartedly.
I have just finished a video project, We Were Hardly More Than Children 2018, about a friendship between two women, remembering a botched abortion that happened in 1969 when abortions were illegal. One of the women is still too traumatized to remember, while the other is too traumatized to forget.
My next video will be an exploration into the universal language of how women are lured into an age old pattern of abuse, humiliation and domination.