Suara Welitoff (2012 Rappaport Prize recipient) uses existing film and video footage to create what many have called “mechanical watercolors” or video poems. They are purposefully concise, slow, and feature pared down visual information through minimal tones and high contrast levels. The results are brief, looped scenes located in a world devoid of time and space. Welitoff uses sources ranging from her own 8mm films to found made-for-television nature specials and documentary material to French New Wave cinema from the 1960s. In each case, the original footage carries with it specific implications that she reconsiders and recontextualizes through her signature editing process.