I am an experimental media artist and independent producer based in the Pacific Northwest. My video and film work spans many genres including visual anthropology, experimental autobiography, multimedia performance, media activism, video installation, short fiction, and experimental ethnography. My work has been exhibited internationally at a wide range of venues including the Northwest New Works Festival, Montreal Women’s Film Festival, Tucson Experimental Film Festival, Women in Cinema-Seattle, Womanwatch, Channel 4 Manila, KCTS (PBS)-Seattle, International Film Arts Festival, Montpelier France, National Art Gallery-Kuala Lumpur, Women and Development Film Festival-Seoul, NW Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Seattle Art Museum, and the National Film Board of Canada. My work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright US Scholar Program, the Asia Foundation, the Swedish International Development Authority, the Washington Commission for the Humanities, the King County Arts Commission and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.
Additionally, I am a faculty emerita of media arts at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. From 1982 to 1997 I was a part time consultant at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, training women producers from Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia, Nepal, India, Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Sri Lanka in documentary production techniques and collaborating with an international team of women to produce Into Focus: Changing Media Images of Women, An Asian Resource Kit. My piece Housemaids and Buffalos about my collaborative work in Sri Lanka training women television producers from Iran, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives was part of the group show, "OUTBOUND: Art in the Forefront of International Exchange" in Seattle.
My most recent documentary, Dreaming of Spirit Animals (The Glass Art of Cappy Thompson) about the creation of a large-scale glass piece for the new south concourse of the Seattle International airport that has been screened in museums and festivals internationally.
In spring 2015 I completed Living in the Medium, an experimental film inspired by the Taos art colony of the 1920s that investigates time, mortality, creativity and friendship. In 1983, a group of artists playfully create the D.H. Lawrence home movies (starring the Lawrences, Georgia O’Keefe, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Dorothy Brett). 30 years later the “actors” and the filmmaker reconsider this event, and the impact of life changes on their work and on their ideas about the future.