Video installation artist Kristen Studioso responds to the theme of "Fools" from Ecclesiastes 2:14-16 with her video installation.
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14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. 15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. 16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.
Ecclesiastes intrigues me, for the way it seeks answers, only to conclude none exist. That none have ever existed- and that neither have the questions. These verses in particular correspond to an experience I had while traveling with a mentor in Prague. As we climbed a narrow, spiral staircase to a cathedral’s highest point, we talked of the monotony- or meditation- of so many, seemingly ceaseless stairs. The stone steps, worn by years of use, seemed to provoke questions. What did we do before elevators? Why did we want to climb these stairs? The steps, tired and cold, offered no answers. Or questions of their own.
Kristen Studioso is a video installation artist living and working in New York City. She holds bachelors degrees in Philosophy and Studio Art from Bethel University (2009), and recently ﬁnished her MFA at Hunter College (2012). Since then, Kristen has had a solo show at First Things (Sept. 2012), and has participated in various screenings, including at Entwine and ConArtist (both NYC) and during Rundgang at UDK (Berlin). Additionally, Kristen showcased her work in the inaugural VIP MFA Art Show. At present, she is continuing her individual work and also collaborating in writing, curating, and creating with fellow artist, Matthew Cianfrani.