In Loose Ends translucent screens, topographic textures, skewed projections, and reflections add dimension to traditional forms of portraiture, landscape, and sculpture. This interplay of elements reveals a common thread between the women in the videos and the physical surfaces they land on. The artist, painting her sister, plays through a transparent curtain while gold animation obscures and highlights an oil painting on the wall. These are fragmented representations of the figure and the environment that ultimately point to a desire to unearth an inner self.
Sylvia Herbold is a multimedia artist in the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke. Through an exploration of portraiture, landscape, improvisation, and documentary, her practice incorporates everything from film and video to painting and sculpture. She recently completed a residency at the Prelinger Library and a fellowship at the 2016 Flaherty Film Seminar.