Jacolby Satterwhite

Jacolby Satterwhite integrates video, 3-D animation, drawing, and dance to produce fantastical computer-generated worlds. Like much of Satterwhite’s work, Country Ball 1989-2012 incorporates digital tracings of drawings made by his mother, Patricia Satterwhite, who lives with mental illness. In the video, these floating diagrammatic sketches of household objects form a digital landscape that is further populated by voguing dancers in neon catsuits (the artist himself, filmed against a green screen) and home video footage from a 1989 Satterwhite family cookout. Satterwhite likens his collaborations with his mother to the Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse, in which a collection of words or images is collectively generated: his mother’s drawings serve as prompts for freely associated animations and improvised dancing, resulting in a re-performance and queering of objects and memories. Country Ball 1989-2012 conjures a universe in which there is complete fluidity between disparate realms: between past and present, drawing and dancing, lived experience and fantasy, as well as between the space of a country cookout and that of a virtual surrealist wonderland.