AN EXPLORATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP ARTIST-ART FOLLOWING A SCULPTURE ARTIST AND HER CREATIVE PROCESS.
Director: Natalia Hermida
Producer: Armando Vernet, Natalia Hermida
Cinematographer: Santiago Cervantes
Production Designer: Corinne DeLouise, Bryce Neville
Costumes: Natalia Hermida, Celina Biurrun
Sound Designer: Anna Wozniewicz, Ryuji Chua
Music Composer: Gustavo Niño
Editor: Natalia Hermida
Colorist: Elliott Powell
VFX: Taos Whittaker, Sean Colby
Makeup: Celina Biurrun, Hadley Hillel, Bryce Neville
Póster: Jake Zieman
Shot in: North Algodones Sand Dunes and Orange, CA (October 2015)
Sekhem is a little poem exploring personal and artistic growth. The desert of the non-existence, where the story takes place, is a valley of lost ideas. Our main character, E. woke up to a desolate landscape, learned to move her limbs, to walk, and proceeded to build a little decaying cottage out of her own hair, half yellow half red. The sun came up and down countless times and bored to death, she ran away, and ran and ran, till she dropped exhausted on top of the sand. Desperately, she plucked her nails out, and the blood, mixed with sand, produced a clayish, redish substance which she used to mold a little ball. She fell asleep, drained, and woke up to a hardened sculpture. She contemplated the little ball till time seemed upside down. When her nails grew back she plucked them out again and built a bucket with which to collect copious amounts of the clayish redish substance to bring back to her little decaying cottage. She began the process of creating her double, a sculpture that'd resemble her looks, for in this world there were no mirrors and E. had never seen her own face.
This is where we enter the story and her quest for companionship.