Based in Burlington, VT -- Very willing to travel elsewhere
MY WORK ONLINE.
My name is Kayhl Cooper. In early middle-school, for my class projects, I was often given the option of a written report, a powerpoint presentation, or a video. I chose video without fail. I think I was always obsessed with the dichotomy between what other people thought was the best way to present information, and what I thought was the best way. Most of my time when I was younger was spent taking in seemingly random and fragmented pieces of info that were supposed to make sense, assembling them in my head, and then re-teaching myself the concept once assembled.
While things in reality were Very Confusing, video and photo presented an opportunity to create a world with walls. One that made sense, one that had rules and limits. If things around me were messy, I could find videos that were clean, that were just barely overexposed and had nice desks. If it was winter, I could find photos of people tossing themselves around in the Warm Weather. And when I felt like I really didn't have much control of the environment around me, video was my chance to curate that environment. As I got older, I loved how films were paced, how they took you on a ride from start to finish that could leave you exhilarated. I loved when the visuals reached a crescendo and the picture cut to black, and I was alone with my reflection in the computer screen. I loved what images could do to people, how they could make you feel.
And now, the more I learn about the world, the more jumbled it is. It can be scary to feel like nothing is tethered, the earth is not anchored, and we're all just walking around blindly, doing our best. And as I continually struggle with clarity, my absolute favorite thing is to take an abstract concept, a hint of an emotion, a vague thought, and put my finger on it. I want to say, "IT"S THIS!" and for everyone to say, "YES. THAT'S THAT". And then I can feel like I get it for a second, or I can at least feel like you get that I don't get it.
There are a lot of things I have to articulate. I want to tell you how confused I am. I want to tell you how beautiful your hair looks when you're sitting on the grass and the sun is behind you. I want to hold on to that moment when I'm walking to breakfast and there's a warm wind and everything feels okay for a minute. I want you to know why the sound of a car turning off can be depressing, why you-with-your-hand-on-your-leg-that-way might make me cry, and why that man-with-the-hat-in-the-red-car-near-the-yellow-sign is cracking me up.
So thanks for watching. Thanks for listening. Thanks for caring. I'll keep making stuff if you do.