Like Tears in Rain
Artist DetailsName: Janet Biggs
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: 2006
Period: 21st Century
Type: Video Art
Medium: NTSC Format, Unique Piece, Two-channel video installation
Dimensions: Runtime: 00:07:15
Credit: Museum purchase
Janet Biggs is best known for her multimedia video installations centering on the image of the horse as a means to explore the construction of gender in today’s society. She often pairs horses with images of athletes to investigate concepts of status, power, and control.
A trained equestrian and equestrian instructor, Biggs earned a BFA from the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and completed graduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is formally trained in painting and sculpture and began exploring video and new media in the early 1990s. Biggs has exhibited at numerous institutions throughout the United States.
Like Tears In Rain pairs images of the Citadel’s elite Summerall Guard drill team and champion equestrian Anne-Greta Schricker, who has been blind from early youth, with underwater footage of polar bears swimming in captivity. In the film, empathy, memories, and the need to care for other living creatures separates humans from androids. Biggs’ work continues the search for what makes us human and how societies and individuals define themselves.