Samuael Topiary is an interdisciplinary media artist, performer, filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Obsessed with metaphor and cultural context, Topiary’s work crosses genres, integrating documentary and essay with dance and performance, to create poetic meditations on the ways that myth, archetype and allegory inform contemporary experience.
Topiary’s videos, performances, collaborations and installations have been presented in film festivals, theaters, galleries and museums in venues through the US and internationally. She has been a resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, the Experimental Television Center, Radar’s Writer’s Lab, Mount Tremper Arts and was a Media Fellow at DTW and the Jon Sims Center. Her work has received grants from the Experimental Television Center Finishing Fund and the Zellerbach Family Fund. In 1997, Topiary was a member of the first Sister Spit Ramblin’ Road Show US tour.
Topiary received an MFA in Film/Video from Bard College and currently teaches film at the School for Visual Arts in New York City and at CUNY’s College of Staten Island.
Contact: webmail [at] topiaryfilms [dot] org