View Lucretia Tye Jasmine’s Artist Statement

From feminist, author, and California Institute of the Arts professor, Christine Wertheim:

“The material Lucretia is working with is SOO powerful, and so tabooed in our culture – body fat, low self-esteem, self-mutilation, self-abjection, etc. – that NO mere structure would obscure or dilute its power. Because of the taboos it raises, and the discomfort so many feel in the face of these issues, and precisely because so many are suffering from the same effects…the tenacity with which she has stuck to this very difficult and important nexus of themes is rare.”

“We applaud Lucretia’s perseverance, both in sticking with such a difficult topic, and being willing to try different modes for presenting it, especially in an environment where such topics are not often openly discussed.”

From film scholar, author, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts professor, Paul Arthur:

“…she is extremely serious in her interests, with a deep curiosity and a total lack of cant. She has been an especially useful and persistent questioner of the assumptions of sexual domination that adhere to many diverse forms of cinematic enterprise….she has an original and forceful vision. I am convinced that Lucretia can make valuable contributions to local culture.”

From film scholar, author, and California Institute of the Arts professor, Jon Wagner:

“Beautiful, beautiful thinking and writing. Lucretia’s is the most successful understanding of the lyrical essence of the critical mind I’ve ever read. Her brilliant fusion of theoretical understanding within the meaning of life narrative itself, a unique form of para-criticism, an intense criticality and close reading woven with the autobiographical and the imaginative, is a thrilling re-definition of film criticism. Lucretia is defining a poetic criticism merged with memoir that is very exciting…A thrilling re-definition of film criticism as lyric autobiography, or poetry! ”

“I do hope within the glitteringly painful genius of her understanding of herself and the culture that surrounds us that peace comes from such a long perspective. Or that the paradox of peace she so painfully understands can be endured.”