Jan Brueghel the Younger’s Paradise (2020)video, 12 minutes
The Wikipedia page for the word “Paradise” is illustrated by a painting attributed to the 17th century Flemish artist Jan Bruegel. Conflating the constructed idea of paradise with the painting that shares its name, Jan Brueghel the Younger’s Paradise unravels a semi-fictional narrative set in the untethered landscape of Spring 2020. The work weaves art history, etymology, cinema production, digital communication, and romance with the onset of pandemic anxiety in an era of misinformation. While produced entirely in quarantine during that same period, the video is narrated by a nameless character who recalls the season decades later, in retrospect.
This work is currently on exhibition through December 26th at Olympia, 41 Orchard St, New York, NY, and a version of this work has exhibited online through Jip Gallery.