Video Art & Installation

Three Trees: Installation, 2016

Running Time: 1:47 mins

Color/ Sound - Projection Loop

Using video projection and projection mapping, Three Trees illustrates the passage of time, and explores the ownership of space, experiences, and memory. It showcases the unrelenting forces that shape the landscape around us, both natural and human made.
Do the places that linger longingly in our memories truly belong to us?

Documentation by Adam Simmons.

Created using: Adobe Photoshop

Edited on: Adobe Premiere CC

Music: "Nascence", by Austin Wintory.

Original music for Journey.

Boho Whimsical Soft Grunge Ophelia (Sculpture), 2015

Running Time: 0:34 secs

Color/ Sound - Multimedia Sculpture
This sculpture critiques the romanticization of Ophelia’s mental illness and eventual suicide (from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”). This rampant glamorization and fixation on her beauty and purity is evident in pop culture as well as antiquated sources such as John Everett Millais’ “Ophelia”, painted in 1852. This sculpture presents the overwhelming amount of photos, music, and paintings that reference Ophelia simply for her beauty and romanticized tragedy, without paying attention to her mental illness. The montage of photos are overlaid with hashtags that originally accompanied the photos sourced from the website Tumblr, with three additions that did not appear in the tags: Mental Illness, Depression, and Suicide. These three tags were added to give a bite of contrast to the sappy tags that aid in reducing Ophelia’s character and erasing her mental illness. The choice to display the images in a rapid montage was to keep the viewer from fixating on one image for too long, as all the images are all, in essence, exactly the same. The sampled song is “Sweet Ophelia”, by Zella Day.

Filmed on: Canon T31

Edited on: Adobe Premiere

How To Survive II, 2015

Running Time: 4:27 min

Color / Sound

(A single channel version of the multi-channel projection video installation)
"How to Survive II" illustrates a flattened view of the same imagery and stimuli that the original installation used.                                                                                                                                                 

Filmed on: Canon EOS 60D

Edited on: Adobe Premiere

How To Survive (Installation Documentation), 2015

Running Time: 5:02 min

Color/ Sound - Multi-channel projection video installation

"How to Survive" illustrates the effects of anxiety disorders created in childhood and sustained through adulthood, as well as commenting on the coping mechanisms that are developed in response to the sustained stress. Safe spaces, triggers, and memories are explored. The sonic landscape seeks to navigate the self pep-talks and internalized thought processes that occur before, during, and after a panic attack.

Filmed on: Canon EOS 60D

Edited on: Adobe Premiere


Duality, 2015

Running Time: 2:42 mi

Color / Sound - Projection Loop

This installation premiered at PNCA's "First Thursday" exhibition on March 5th, 2015. It was projected onto the ceiling in the main hallway within a recess in the architecture.
"Duality" was also projected at PNCA's Grand Opening on March 20th, 2015.

Filmed on: Canon 5D EOS Mark II

Edited with: Adobe Premiere, After Effects

Green Trellis, 2016

Running Time: 1:38 mins

Color/ Sound - Projection Loop

"Green Trellis" happily describes my false childhood memories of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, located in downtown Portland, Oregon.

2 channel video projection with stereo sound.

"Harpsi-Piano" by mathgrant, used in the original installation as well as the documentation video.

Edited on: Adobe Premiere CC , DragonFrame


Boho Whimsical Soft Grunge Ophelia, 2015

Running Time: 1:05 mins

Color/ Sound
The stand-alone video portion of the sculpture. The montage of photos are overlaid with hashtags that originally accompanied the photos sourced from the website Tumblr. The sampled song is “Sweet Ophelia”, by Zella Day.

 Edited on: Adobe Premiere


Colorful Language, 2015

Running Time: 1:10 min

Color  / Sound

This is a segment I created for PNCATV's Episode 1: Color. The video consists of 1,440 pictures randomly sourced from Tumblr and Google, with the results stemming from 60 words that were randomly generated. The trend seemed to be that Tumblr showed results that were more figurative, while Google's results were rather literal.                                                                                      


Edited on: Adobe Premiere CC

Self Portrait in Simulacra, 2015

Running Time: 1:10 min

Color  / Sound

After taking a picture of myself with a digital camera and using it as reference for a self portrait in watercolor, I traced that original watercolor again with paint, using a light box and a fresh sheet of paper. Then, I traced the second iteration of the portrait again in the same way, on a new piece of paper. I continued this process 22 times, ending up with a portrait that no longer resembled me and barely even hinted at a human form. These 23 images in total were compiled into this video file, with the final piece taking form as the last 8.5 x 11″ watercolor painting.

In tracing each iteration of the portrait, I eventually lost the “original” in my process, separating the forms that were created over and over again and essentially creating “nothing”. The subject matter was destroyed, and in its wake left something entirely different to be considered: the simple gesture and bleeding colors could potentially be far more representative of an individual’s essence than any detailed depiction of their visage ever could.

Edited on: Adobe Premiere CC

Memory, Structured, 2014

Running Time: 1:53 min

Color / Sound

A formal exercise to create a video based on a set of rules that were predetermined.


  1. Videos must gradate through the color spectrum without a heavy use of color correction.

  2. New footage cannot be shot for this project. I must utilize old footage that I have shot myself.

  3. Editing will take place in a predetermined pattern.

Filmed on: Canon 5D EOS Mark II

Edited with: Adobe Premiere, After Effects