This site features a curated list of selected works by Hawaii-born and raised New Media Artist, Jen Goya / Jennifer Goya-Smith.

Sweet Life

Jennifer Goya
Sweet Life, 2003
Single Channel Hi-8 Video
4 minutes

Paranoid Woman – Stacy Hayashi
Voice – Sarah Harvey

In a Sweet Life, an Alligator-Man lives in the mind of a disturbed woman. This film references a published tabloid article about an Alligator-Man lurking in the Louisiana Bayou.  Eyewitnesses wanted the human-alien captured. The article became the lyrical text to paint the world of Sweet Life, where a woman lurks around an abandoned truck stop. 

Racism promoted through sensationalized news stories is sadly a common occurance. There was the “Africanized bee” scare in 1990 or SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) promoted as the “Asian-flu”–examples of real threats undermined by xenophobia. All the while, cryptids or creations like the alligator-man, live freely.