Sadie Benning (b. 1973)

Living Inside (1989)
Me & Rubyfruit (1989)
Jollies (1990)
A Place Called Lovely (1991)
Girl Power (1992)
If Every Girl Had a Diary (1990)
It Wasn't Love (1992)

Sadie Benning is a lesbian videomaker who began making videos when she was 15-years old, using a Fisher Price Pixelvision toy camera. Benning's early works were made in the privacy of her childhood bedroom, using scrawled and handwritten text from diary entries to record thoughts and images that reveal the longings and complexities of a developing identity. Evoking in turn playful seduction and painful honesty, BenningÕs floating, close-up camera functions as a witness to her intimate revelations, and as an accomplice in defining her evocative experimental form. Her work emerges from a place half-innocent and half-adultÑwith all the honesty, humor, and desperation of a personality just coming into self-awareness, trapped and uneasy. Her more recent work moves beyond the Pixelvision camera and into animation, film and installation.