MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementI am an experimental filmmaker inspired by the goals and methods of political modernism, feminist filmmaking of the 1970s & the cinematic avant-garde. Still entranced by the purportedly obsolete medium of small-gauge film and "amateur," analog filmmaking technology, I revise, expand and (sometimes) undermine the meaning of already existing stories and images. Simultaneously dense and austere, my films explore the possibility of representing female subjectivity in a medium whose formal conventions have been defined by heterosexual male desire; problems of knowing and the dilemma, melancholy and exhilarating devastation of being on the margins. The 1st submitted film strings together eventless moments from a trove of vintage films with new intertitles. It shifts the original material's focus on the external, the visible & the spectacular. It explores, instead, the internal psychological experience of the on-screen women, whom it reimagines as heroines, the unrepresentable & the unspeakable.
A. Moon is an experimental film and video maker whose work has screened in 13 countries on three continents. She has been the recipient of awards from the Princess Grace Foundation and numerous film festivals. In recent years, she has also been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, a fellow with the Center for Asian American Media, a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner (x3), a Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Ruby Awards grantee (x2), and a Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist (x3).