Making & Belonging

I like to explore formal composition and beauty in my work, but I also like grapple with ambiguity – those uncertain grey zones of feeling that arise when what we normally think of as objective and real is thrown into question.

My independent films have played at a variety of festivals in Europe, Asia, and North America while for over 15 years I’ve also worked as Graphic Designer, Art Director, and Photographer in the film and television industry. Most recently at Concordia University in Montreal, I’ve been teaching Film, Video, and Audio Production courses in the department of Communication Studies. As a second generation Canadian of Sardinian origin raised in Ontario and living in Quebec, my interest in belonging might seem like the natural outcome of a displaced wanderer searching for Home. Further along this path, at the centre of my art and films, I am called to respond to a deeper phenomenal tension of feeling directly connected to nature and yet somehow divided from it.

Although I work a lot with pictures, I’m starting to realize finally that speech and words are perhaps the most striking images in the way that they engage the mind’s eye (or should I say the mind’s heart). For we all know that if imagination doesn’t speak to the heart, it isn’t saying much. And there, at the heart of our situation are feelings (bound and free.) In my creative work, I am trying to give form to the often fragile relationships that reflect our innate nature as listeners, speakers, and makers … striving to name how we belong to each other and the world.

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I used to believe that cameras could tell the truth.

Now I realize its me who doing the telling.