Resting Fortune (2018)
One-channel video with sound

Resting Fortune is a performance video project filmed at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education as part of the Wet Lab summer art program, curated by Christina Cantanese.

The video piece is in response to a 250 gallon home fuel oil spill in the Schuylkill River in January 2016. The Schuylkill River is one of two tap water sources in Philadelphia - the other is the Delaware River. In the video I perform with a floating green plant known as duckweed; a simple water plant commonly seen accumulating on the surface of ponds, yet it has potential to be used for the creation of ethanol clean energy and for concentrating minerals in heavily polluted water. "Resting Fortune" recognizes how quickly fresh water can become contaminated and imagines what could possibly be done to clean up the mess. The project's significance is rooted in a feminist perspective, alluding to the traditional association of women with cleaning. This is reflected in the contrast between the the hyper-refined femme hand tending to the muddy water.

CREDITS

Performance and Composition / Maddie Hewitt
Audio Engineer / Michael Bailey
Camerawork / Emily Bucholz