Director Biography – Vanessa White (EVERYTHING I KNOW)

My current work, primarily video and painting exploring the gestures of the body, uses both physicality and performance as ways of making meaning.

In 2020 video work ‘Salt Lake’ was acquired for permanent collection and exhibited in group video art exhibition ‘Moving Pictures’ at LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, VIC. ’Salt Lake’ also screened the entire month of March at the Adelaide Festival Centre outdoor and indoor media screens. Currently, a finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize and Percival Animal Portrait Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville QLD, and have also been a finalist in The 65th Blake Prize (2018), Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize (2018, 2015) and Portia Geach (2015, 2012).

National and international recognition include Best Cinematographer, Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2019, collaborative screen and performance work at Espoo International City Theatre, Finland (2018) and collaborative film and glass work at Ebeltoft Glasmuseet (Glass Museum), Jutland, Denmark (2013). Work has also be acquired by Artbank, City of Yarra and Box Hill College of TAFE collections. Art residencies include Bundanon Trust and Hillend NSW; SIM, Iceland; NG Creative Art Residency, France and shortlisted for Saari Residency 2020, Finland.

Director Statement

Singer Songwriter Statement
‘The process of giving form to this song and video clip has allowed me to stay with a multifaceted and evolving question, ‘What do we think we know now of isolation, of interconnectedness, and possible ways of being with the truths of ourselves?’ I’ve explored this question through the lense of my own experiencing and offer it now to you as a springboard for further experiencing and meaning-making.

This song emerged through a multimodal exploration, through feeling, painting, sculpting, dreaming, enacting, drawing, talking, listening, moving, playing, writing, singing, and making sounds in relation to (and as an enactment of) some of my relational patterns, especially in the context of holding experiences of trauma, and experimenting with degrees of openness and collaborative holding.

I don’t quite know how to adequately acknowledge the people who have held this process with me, some of whom I name below:

Ben Paddick: Guitarist, Musical Collaborator
Christian Meyer: Guitarist, Keys/Synth, Musical Collaborator
Alan Dinh: Bassist, Synth, Musical Collaborator
Markus Meyer: Studio Engineer (Recording)
Julian Meyer: Studio Engineer (Mixing and Mastering)
Vanessa White: Videographer, Editor, Collaborator
Kevin Jeynes: Performance Artist, Co-inquirer
Rod Price: Foley Sound

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