Jennifer Schwed (USA)

Jennifer Schwed

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Multimedia artist Jen uses the latest digital design software and technology to give voice to one of the greatest human desires: love. An accomplished—and published—poet, Jen combines her original free-verse poetry with old films, photography and music to create avante-garde “cinepoems.”

Part music video, part scrapbook, part performance art, and part literature, Jen’s cinepoems layer rich, saturated modern imagery with grungy, sepia-toned historic snapshots, silent film footage, music, and the poet’s own voice. The result? A not-quite-narrative—but visually stunning—examination of the human condition.

“My work is a moving visual interpretation of words and thoughts and ideas, without boundaries or rules,” says the artist. “I’ve always been drawn to creating digital collages; collecting random elements and making them fit together,” she continues. “The ability to combine the old-fashioned art of poetry with the newer technologies of video is like being able to bring a thought, an idea to life.”

Jen continues, “There are usually multiple layers to the work and I try to re-create a feeling rather than a literal visual interpretation of an idea. I want viewers to feel like they’ve experienced a painting in 3D—a piece that comes alive in many dimensions, with images, music, words and motion.”

Jen got her design start studying Interactive Multimedia at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She followed that up with over a decade of experience in the interactive design field, working for a number of high-profile clients.

In 2008, Jen released her first full length CD, Mellow Dramas, on the Stereo Deluxe label. Her poems appear on over two dozen compilations. Her cinepoems are available at an on her YouTube channel, “bloomandfade.”