About the Artist
Cecelia Condit is an artist whose work addresses relationships, memory, and human frailty, as it exist between our selves and society, our selves and the natural world. Condit has shown internationally in festivals, museums and alternative spaces and is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and Centre Georges Pompidou Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France. She has received numerous awards including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, American Film Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mary L. Nohl Foundation. She is a professor emerita in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
I consider myself a storyteller working within the psychological landscape of contemporary fairy tales, dreams and poetry. I explore archetypal themes where my characters are often shaped by an innate violence and basic cold-heartedness. The last few years, I find myself leaning towards creating works about memory and the frailty of environmentally vulnerable worlds. In these places, wild animals, like turtles, polar bears, giraffes and zebras, exist silently threatened by possible extinction. These natural landscapes might be a small county park (Tales of a Future Past) a backyard (Some Dark Place), a deserted housing project in Western Ireland (Pulling Up Roots) or a snow-covered rock (Pizzly Bear).
I rounded up my 30-year career as a teacher May 2017. Since then I have been leading a very different life. It is a beginning that I embrace full-heartedly. I have recently finished a video project, We Were Hardly More Than Children 2019. It tells an epic tale of an illegal abortion in 1969 as lived by two women on a perilous journey through a world that has little concern for their survival. My next video will be an exploration into the universal language of how women unknowingly are lured into an age old pattern of abuse.
As I begin my senior career as an artist, I have been amazed by the intense internet exposure of a 1983 musical murder story, Possibly in Michigan that I made with singer/songwriter/composer Karen Skladany. It started with the online app TikTok, where thousands and thousands of young performers responded to a 15 second clip from Karen’s song ”Oh no, no, no….” With that exposure, Possibly in Michigan has been traveling around the world by way of YouTube’s global search engine. For one week in 2015, an excerpt from Possibly in Michigan had been on the front page of Reddit, but nothing could have prepared me for this breathtaking exposure.
Collaboration RENATO UMALI
Renato Umali (below) wrote the music for We Were Hardly More Than Children. We have collaborated for 6 years and over 6 videos. Renato is a performer, filmmaker, and musician. He writes and directs the annual Umali Awards, an absurdist re-imagining of an Oscars-style awards ceremony. He received his MFA in Film at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his BA in Music at Northwestern University. As Senior Lecturer in UW-Milwaukee’s Department of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres, Renato teaches Film Score Studio, Multicultural America, Animation for the Web, and Intro to Digital Arts.