Synopsis: Elizabeth’s paintings and sculpture work is inspired by the patterns formed in nature. These repeated patterns are in everything, from leaves to humans, to the COVID-19 virus. She was first introduced to these patterns by her father, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist. Despite Elizabeth’s belief that humans are coming to their end on this planet and, despite the horrors of COVID-19, it’s hard not to find hope in the connections she still maintains with people that have passed away.
This film comes from a place of exploration. Elizabeth and I met soon after I moved to New York City. I was eager to start a new project and our paths crossed. Over time we found a connection between her father’s work as a chemist and her fractal-like sculptors and paintings. The project ended up shifting my attention to a macro view of the world. I started shooting in such a different manner from learning more about her work and ultimately reflected in this project’s intimate cinematography. I had thought I was done with the film when COVID-19 began to take over our lives. After of few months, I felt that I had to include it in this film as so much of the film had to do with the organic patterns that make up all living beings. This, of course, includes viruses. From here we started filming more and exploring her past with other society-changing viruses.
Skyler Knutzen was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and a graduate of the University of Iowa. From a young age curiosity often drove him into nature. Dumpster diving for materials to build forts in the forest was a common activity. It was during these times he started to understand the importance of stories as the fort was often imagined as something other than it was.