White Poppy “Without Answers” Video

White Poppy’s video for “Without Answers” maintains the vibrant aesthetic that colours much of the Vancouver-based artist’s visual work. Poppy, real name Crystal Dorval, also continues to be reluctant about fully revealing her visage: she required some coaxing from a friend before posing for her album cover, and even then, she only appeared in profile, with images of Grecian ruins superimposed on her face.

In “Without Answers”, Dorval wafts through highly contrasted tape distortions. The framing is ambiguous: You can’t really tell what medium you’re viewing her through, but it’s clearly a window into something. What that something is, you’ll have to deduce for yourself, because White Poppy isn’t offering any answers.

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Leslie Ken Chu

Leslie Ken Chu