This week’s new work comes to us from artist Kristen Studioso in response to the theme of Fools
and Ecclesiastes 2:14-16:
The wise have eyes in their heads,
while the fool walks in the darkness;
but I came to realize
that the same fate overtakes them both.
Then I said to myself,
“The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
What then do I gain by being wise?”
I said to myself,
“This too is meaningless.”
For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!
From the Artist:
Ecclesiastes intrigues me, for the way it seeks answers, only to conclude none exist.
That none have ever existed- and that neither have the questions. These verses in
particular correspond to an experience I had while traveling with a mentor in Prague. As
we climbed a narrow, spiral staircase to a cathedral’s highest point, we talked of the
monotony- or meditation- of so many, seemingly ceaseless stairs. The stone steps,
worn by years of use, seemed to provoke questions. What did we do before elevators?
Why did we want to climb these stairs? The steps, tired and cold, offered no answers.
Or questions of their own.
Kristen Studioso is a video installation artist living and working in New York City. She
holds bachelors degrees in Philosophy and Studio Art from Bethel University (2009),
and recently ﬁnished her MFA at Hunter College (2012). Since then, Kristen has had a
solo show at First Things (Sept. 2012), and has participated in various screenings,
including at Entwine and ConArtist (both NYC) and during Rundgang at UDK (Berlin).
Additionally, Kristen showcased her work in the inaugural VIP MFA Art Show. At present,
she is continuing her individual work and also collaborating in writing, curating, and
creating with fellow artist, Matthew Cianfrani.
This piece was curated by Janna Aliese.
This video is copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.