Adrien Miller: There’s been some hinting about your new project here in LA. Is that connected at all to your Visible Light body of work?
Fawn Rogers: Completely separate project. That series [Visible Light], to super-simplify, was very much about visual and physical expanse, having to do with nature and our place within it… The new project is concerned with the videnda of a psychological landscape. Again, my aesthetic is very minimal with the new project, but the focus is also about identity and evolution. The depth of content that’s been emerging from the theme is extraordinary.
AM: So what is the theme?
FR: The project is titled “I Love You And That Makes Me God.” That’s essentially the theme. I’m developing the project as a dual-monitor video installation, intentionally stark and designed to highlight the subtleties of delivery. Individuals are shot in portrait-style close up, and presented giving and receiving the expression “I Love You And That Makes Me God.” We’re in the process of filming people for the project now. The experiences for people in the project are very diverse – the exchange has been surprisingly intimate and I’m really embracing it. Each person, for example, has a very different relationship to the expression - from power, to concepts of God, to embodiment of love. It’s amazing how much story comes out from each person.
AM: Who’s being filmed for the project?
FR: There’s a very eclectic range.
AM: Anyone we’d recognize?
FR: Yes, we have some fun surprises. But the project isn’t really about celebrity, it’s about authenticity. There’s this incredible Iroquois expression – orenda – which refers to the spiritual force by which human empowerment takes place. That experience manifests in many interesting ways, no matter your status.
AM: I see paint on your fingernails. What else are you working on?
FR: This project has two other dimensions. I am creating some canvasses, and am also exploring some new styles of work in conjunction with this project. I find I’ve been inspired in strange ways by the intimacy of the video installation aspect – to create work in which the nature of the dialogue is completely different: more communal, public. In some sense, this project is like a multi-dimensional puzzle piece that has been following me since my childhood. That’s playing out both in content and form. Though a lot will be happening quickly in the current year, I feel that I could work with this theme for a decade and continue to be inspired by it.
Fawn Rogers is an American visual artist, best known for her work with visible electromagnetic light. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, Southeast and East Asia, and Africa, and has been published in People and Italian Vogue. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
For more on the artist, visit www.fawnrogers.com.