Narcissus Loop extract

Narcissus Loop, 2018 Christin Paige Minnotte (mirror, video) with Lauren Shapiro's cement polygons Ink on plexiglass mirror, video (6m : 10s), cement 72 x 60 inches "Narcissus Loop" engages the viewer in a dynamically illumined landscape which occupies the space between idea and concrete form, between soul and sense, spirit and matter.  Engaging repetition, inversion, mirror, translucent inks and projection, the work creates form from light, amplifying, extending and shifting glowing forms in nature between the mirror’s two-dimensional plane and three-dimensional space and thus describing the interstices between form and the infinitude of its descriptive manifestations  The work creates a portal to an otherworldly reflection of man dwelling in the idea, or soul, of nature. Like the mythical Narcissus who lost himself in a continuous loop of self reflexivity, the observer loses himself in the wonder of his perception in constant interplay with nature.

Disposable Ethic by Christin Paige Minnotte

Disposable Ethic is a four part project consisting of a film, a series of photographs and a live performance piece in a sculpture which is intended to illuminate an irony of industrial progress, specifically with respect to plastics in the ocean - the idea that mankind’s ability to transcend natural limits could seal its doom. It asserts the evolutionary irony that the human species’ gift of creative intelligence seems, in the case of plastic as a world changing innovation, at odds with humanity’s survival. Disposable Ethic is particularly about the intersection of the aforementioned creative intelligence as it relates to ethics in the case of plastic. It articulates that intersection of the beauty of creative intelligence and the tragedy of the unethical use of that intelligence. Art direction + performance + editing : Christin Paige Minnotte Master builder of tank sculpture : Larry Newberry Music: “Lacrimae” by Moby

Voice of the Wilderness

"Voice of the Wilderness" is a multimedia performance piece conceived of by Christin Paige Minnotte based on her experiences in the Alaskan Wilderness during the Voices of the Wilderness residency. "Voice of the Wilderness" articulates Minnotte's view of natural phenomena and seeks to isolate the ephemeral, otherworldly beauty, to distill the essence of the indescribable in the wilderness landscapes of Alaska. Created in collaboration with choreographer and dancer, Marissa Alma Nick and artist and fashion designer, Lisu Vega, video shot by Minnotte in the Tongass National Forest is projected on Alma Nick who Minnotte asked to create choreography that mimicked and reflected the shapes and movement of the landscape and natural formations in the video. Vega was asked to create a garment for the dancer which reflected the form and soul of the natural formations. Minnotte's "Wilderness" series, including "Voice of the Wilderness" as well as a series of photographs on mirror is inspired by the Voices of the Wilderness residency Christin Paige Minnotte completed in the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska in June of 2016. Minnotte spent a week kayaking in the Alaskan wilderness with United States Forest Service Rangers tasked specifically with the preservation of this wilderness. Minnotte’s personal statement about the residency: I had never been to Alaska before this artist residency. Many months later what continues to resonate in my consciousness is embedded in the Alaskan state motto: The Last Frontier. There echoes unawares in the Alaskan wilderness a timelessness so contrary to everything humanity has created since the industrial revolution - our modern world - one feels as if in another world. The laws of harmonious union which govern the Alaskan wilderness stand in stark contrast to the ethically barren cacophony of self interest and self assertiveness which governs the human world. Toward the end of our trip I realized that in the Tongass, little of my life the week before mattered. To exist here was simply to survive, to be governed by a different set of rules that had nothing to do with my modern wants or needs. Thereby I understood a sadness in realizing this place was indeed one of the last 'frontiers' of its kind. I had heard the 'voices of the wilderness'. It sounded of peaceable union and humble reverence for one's place. Nothing in the Alaskan wilderness can exist without everything else. The Alaskan wilderness should be an example to us all. I will remain grateful to the Forest Rangers' life work in reverence for the magnificent unity of the Alaskan wilderness' steely blue skies, delicate and fierce bears, majestic eagles and tireless salmon. To know a little of the language of the wilderness was an incredible privilege; one which will resonate in the vocabulary of my consciousness all my life.​..

Waterway: an immersive sculptural experience

A collaborative installation work by Jenna Efrein and Christin Paige Minnotte. “Waterway” is a spatially transformable installation designed to be an immersive architectural experience informed by the glut of single-use plastic polluting our oceans. The piece is composed of thousands of collected suspended plastic bottles. Viewers traverse a pathway, submerged in a sonorous rattle and swaying brush of bottles that specifically invokes the irony of the very liquid containers that are polluting our water. Whether installed outside capturing dappled sunlight, or indoors or at night animated by projections of shimmering reflections of light on water, the installation gives the viewer a sense of being in the glittering beauty of the underwater environment, as if traveling through shifting currents of penetrating light and motion.  Moving through the piece is a palpable, dynamic sense of the beauty of the ocean environment contrasted with a suffocating amount of plastic.  Video produced by Michael Honablue

Waterway at Collabo 6 Efrein + Minnotte

A collaborative installation work by Christin Paige Minnotte and Jenna Efrein at Collabo 6 Miami, FL 2019 “Waterway” is a spatially transformable installation designed to be an immersive architectural experience informed by the glut of single-use plastic polluting our oceans. The piece is composed of thousands of collected suspended plastic bottles. Viewers traverse a pathway, submerged in a sonorous rattle and swaying brush of bottles that specifically invokes the irony of the very liquid containers that are polluting our water. Whether installed outside capturing dappled sunlight, or indoors or at night animated by projections of shimmering reflections of light on water, the installation gives the viewer a sense of being in the glittering beauty of the underwater environment, as if traveling through shifting currents of penetrating light and motion.  Moving through the piece is a palpable, dynamic sense of the beauty of the ocean environment contrasted with a suffocating amount of plastic.

RELEASE trailer

RELEASE is a screendance (short dance film) shot, directed and edited by Christin Paige Minnotte that explores the kaleidoscopic mental process of letting go. To articulate the many faceted aspects of reflection and consciousness, Minnotte built and sculpted an entire set made of aluminum foil. Choreographed dance by Marissa Alma Nick articulates the lamentation of recalled memory as a means to releasing the burdened past in order to emerge into a new and present, exultant freedom. Cinematography, Art Direction, Editing, Set Design + Production : Christin Paige Minnotte Choreography + Dance : Marissa Alma Nick Original Musical Score : George Tandy Jr

Black Carriage White Heart trailer

The trailer of a "screendance" or dance on film I shot and was DP (Director of Photography) on for Alma Dance Theater, Miami.