If Every Mother Were a Saint, Heaven Would Be Full By Now, Part 1. 2019 Single-channel HD video and sound, 25:46
Ellie Lee, Executive Director of Equitable Vitrines and secretary of the Korea Arts Foundation of America
Maria Maea, Multidisciplinary artist and performer
If Every Mother Were a Saint, Heaven Would Be Full By Now, Part 1. Depending upon who you ask, Veronique d'Entremont comes from a line of women who are either blessed with spiritual gifts, or cursed by bi-polar disorder. To understand this family legacy, d’Entremont looks to a multitude of sources, including developmental psychology, Christian Mysticism and Sicilian folk magic. Her film explores personal content with a research-based approach that honors the full breadth of her subjects’ humanity. Through personal archival video footage, sound recordings and narration, her video crafts a story that proposes a transformation of dominant narratives around suicide and mental illness.
Veronique d’Entremont is a multi-disciplinary artist who examines the social and institutional spaces we inhabit, how they shape us and how we can ultimately transform them. Through reciprocal studio, pedagogical and spiritual practices, she investigates art as a medium for building empathy, healing from inter-generational trauma and challenging notions of otherness. Narrative video and writing offer a framework to understand the devotional sculpture and world-building philosophy that encompasses d’Entremont’s larger project. She has been a guest lecturer at UCLA, CalArts and at California Rehabilitation Center, a prison in Norco, CA. D’Entremont’s work has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and The California Arts Council. Her solo exhibitions include Commonwealth and Council (2013), The Boehm Gallery (2016) and her current collaboration with Danny Mekonnen, titled Her Body Became an Antenna, Transmitting The Message of God, on view until January 26th at Nothing Special.