Georgie Friedman

Visiting Faculty, MFA Film/Video Program

In my art practice, I focus on our psychological and societal relationships to natural phenomena and our changing climate. I research and base my projects on a range of intense atmospheric, oceanic, glacial, and volcanic conditions. I’m fascinated by the power of these elements in relation to human fragility. As part of my process, I travel and film on location, then digitally reframe the natural elements utilizing site-specific video installation, single and multi-channel videos, sound, and sculptural elements. I simplify and abstract the imagery or forms to create metaphoric representations. Though every piece has its own specific topic and emphasis, my overarching goal is to create experiential and contemplative pieces for viewers to reflect on our complex relationships to digital, built, and natural environments. Through my pieces, I hope viewers will consider their connections with the actual element, become aware of how it may be changing, and if needed, rekindle their appreciation for it.

In Rising Tide, water from the Antarctic Sound digitally rises above Antarctica’s icy mountains. There are three sections, each with a landscape with less snowpack than its precedent. Over the course of ten minutes, the water slowly rises: turning valleys into bays, mountains into islands, and the Antarctic Sound into open ocean. This piece was originally created as a site-specific projection onto Boston’s City Hall. I wanted to link the city’s history of infill, the present moment, and Boston’s future in relation to sea level rise,* with the global picture.

*Climate Ready Boston

Georgie Friedman (SMFA/Tufts, MFA 2008) is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects include large-scale sculptural video installations and site-specific projects. She has exhibited nationally/internationally, including: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cleveland Museum of Art; Geneva International Film Festival, Switzerland. She was a City of Boston Artists-in-Residence and received an SMFA Traveling Fellowship to Antarctica. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Studio Art at Boston College. Previous appointments include: MassArt (2011-2019); MIT (2020-2021).