Jacky Connolly is an American artist and filmmaker who is known for her desktop-based cinematic works. Connolly’s animations often examine personal trauma, childhood, and alienation as it relates to the built environment.
Winter in the Mineral Kingdom (2023)
(Low-thyroid cinema. A sketch for winter, and the setting for a future film world)
Life plays with the mineral in the crystallization process. Roots, fungi, and subterranean life of all types may impede mineral formation by taking a few hydrogen atoms here, or a carbon atom there. This is how the ice flowers on winter windows get their shape. Some say that in this play with life, minerals draw pictures, choosing a pixel of hydrogen here, or a smudge of carbon there, and through these drawings, humans can communicate with minerals.
There is a mineral consciousness — it has no sense of self, and instead, mineral consciousness is formed according to information it receives from its surroundings. The mineral consciousness is an incredibly far-reaching deep trance consciousness, a true universal all-consciousness, through which the mineral becomes a silent confidant of the living happenings in the whole cosmos, right into the deepest depths of the universe.
The audio composition was created in collaboration with Forrest Muelrath.
Whitney Biennial 2022
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