Irene Mamiye (BA ’10)

Shattered Gems (Video Still), 2014


The video installations operate to extend the concerns of the photographic work into a time-based medium. As the photographs themselves incorporate movement, the video works operate as a natural evolution. Gems, the hardest and most solid of natural forms, are seen breaking into countless splinters.

These works can be shown in various sizes, such as on miniscule screens in Shattered Gems, a necklace made of iPod Nanos, to larger monitors or screens in private spaces, to epic, architectural scale via projection or large LED panels. These works are bound thematically, as they all represent contradiction. They operate against expectation. <br> Shattered Gems (2012-13) is a video sequence of gemstones—diamond, ruby, sapphire, citrine, and emerald—fracturing. I used a digital camera to capture the artificial gems at varied apertures and shutter speeds and then processed those images using software to add the component of movement. Shattered Gems also comments on the illusory nature of luxury, as diamonds, emeralds and rubies are symbols of solidity, power and wealth. As they crack and shatter they challenge preconceived notions of what we consider precious and indestructible and invoke a set of futurist ideas and wonder about where technology will lead us next.