Portrait of a State of Mind (1986)


This video art “self portrait” was commissioned by the curator of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts “New Portraiture” group show. Zieman’s unconventional narrative structure portrays him in a place; Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, with its sounds, vistas and textures. He is faintly revealed — in the reflections of windows, the increasingly repetitive pace of life. This pulse of life is echoed in his music composition, which features an unusual melodic figure – a five-measure bass line. (vs. the conventional four or eight) which he obsessively pursued, throughout a variety of musical creative environs, from bedroom studio to large multitrack recording studios. Video, music, and editing by Zieman.

Technical Specs

Run Time: 4:57
Dimensions: 720×480