In The Tree
Anna Luisa Petrisko
In The Tree explores a transcended body and its connection to nature, specifically trees, and how the lifeforce of trees and humans are interconnected.
In The Tree was shot and edited by artist, Anna Luisa Petrisko. Completed during an artists' residency at Yaddo, Petrisko was thankful for not getting frostbite during filming, running barefoot in the snow, wearing a green morphsuit.
This video is part of a body of work by Petrisko that explores the body as a spaceship, and how— through otherworldly concepts, science fiction, and holistic healing practices—we can not only imagine and achieve transcension, but also find new ways to heal the marginalized body.
Video graphics—created by the artist using vintage video synthesizers and mixers—are overlaid onto this spaceship-body and cross-reference technologies from the past, present, and future.
Music by Jeepneys, the now-defunct solo music project of the artist.
Anna Luisa Petrisko
Anna Luisa Petrisko is a video, sound, and performance artist. From 2008 to 2017, she created under the alias “Jeepneys,” after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, a project which later evolved into a platform for artistic collaboration between Filipino/American artists and Diasporic inquiry. Anna Luisa's art investigates the complexities of the colonized body while encompassing a multitude of experience of time, space, and self. Whether it is experimental opera or multimedia installation, her work is an otherworldly spectacle, exploring the space where future and ancient convene, invested as much in the sacred as in technological speculation. Petrisko's trademark hand-painted bodysuits are re-indigenized alien skin, an embodied research project and contemporary expression of pre-colonial tattooing practices of Pacific Ocean Peoples. With synthesized sounds, intuitive movement, and inter-dimensional imagery, she creates fresh mythological landscapes.