Here it is! My video release for “If I Turn Into a Black Rose,” shot and edited by Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, two people I trust and hold in high regard for their integrity, professionalism, and their own creative endeavors. It was a great experience working with them and collaborating.
The video is simple, yet lush and goth. Porcelain Dalya dances, making wavelets with her arms in the sun-dappled, glowing background. She is the red rose; the purity and force of new love. Nefertara Hotep is the mischievous and magical black rose faerie, appearing and disappearing suddenly behind and between dark trees, antagonizing love; the undercurrent of transformation, how love changes. Will my lover accept me when I become, at times, a black rose? The sincerity and anxiety of unfolding ourselves and revealing our imperfections, adulterating the idealism and magnetic force lovers first hold toward each other.
Dalya & Nefertara delivered gorgeous performances. They are so dear and wonderful to work with.
Nefertara Hotep is also the Church of Vanity who did the make up and made the crowns for me and the Black Rose character. I love her unabashed fantasy images made real. It’s her everyday. As an artist with vision, she has worked with me to tease out and embrace more of my goth feel and look. She could see that dark power in me.
Meghan O’Connell hosted our preparations. She was a delight and offered us yummy snacks like these local grown peaches and pastries a friend had given her from Lebanon…you can’t get them where we live otherwise. She knitted friendship and a supportive vibe. I felt spoiled and lucky by the whole day.
Love to all of them. I hope you enjoy what we created together.