“I have always explored the relationship between music, the spoken word and video art with collaborations between poets and musicians and filmmakers. Having worked on various multimedia productions I have acquired a sensitivity towards the alchemy of combining these elements: the volumes and textures, the colours and forms. The rhythm and of course meaning of the lyrics all contribute in creating a message which reaches the viewer/listener on different levels and touches their unconscious world.”
Clare Ann Matz about her art.
I met Clare some years ago in Thailand. I was impressed by her creativity and her way of life. She wrote an article on sl4artglobal. You find it here. Now she goes into video production and I was stunned to learn about her newest projects, which will be described in the following text.
Clare Ann Matz is a journalist, writer, performance artist, musician, painter and film director. Born in New York City she has travelled the world extensively. She has lived and worked in Italy since the early 1980s.
She won the 1° prize “Città di Commacchio” at the Palazzo dei Diamanti of Ferrara with „Energy“ (1984). In 1987 she worked in New York City with the Japanese Butoh group Poppo and later that year she was a performance artist at the Festival Kassel Documenta 8 with Italian dance/theatre group Kripton.
Clare hosted television shows for VideoMusic Italy and SuperChanel London from 1989 to 1995 and directed from 2000 to 2002 the TV show “Bande Sonore” for Italia 1.
She performed at the Biennale in Venice in 1999 with the Progetto Oreste and again in 2006 with the Retrò project presenting „Le Città invisibili“ by Italo Calvino.
Currently she collaborates with The CAM Art Co. in New York City and poets and artists in Italy.
Recently, having studied music at the Venice conservatory of Music as a child and using modern electronic programs, she has composed a number of songs and wants to experiment with the extraordinary world of „Alice in Wonderland“ by Lewis Carroll. Jabberwocky is the first of this series of video/poems she is now working on.
It is based on Lewis Carroll’s „Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There“ (1872). She sang it backwards as if reading it through a mirror and enjoyed the freedom that using sounds rather than words.
The animated graphic designs are made by artist Adam Pizurny. „Our collaboration was possible thanks to the internet, which offers exceptional information and opportunities. The possibility of exchanging files rapidly and elaborating them on line is a whole new experience in comparison with the pioneering days when all technical equipment was big and bulky and the results were often rough and unpolished“, states Clare.
If you or any other artist would like to collaborate with Clare for the next videos, please feel free to contact her.