Shimmering through a musty mist emanating from the eye socket of a warlock's carcass in your parents bed, shrouded in a moth eaten cloak of a forlorn attic dwelling mutant, wrapped in a potion-soaked rag on the floor of a dank dungeon, glowing in a smoky portal in your grandma's basement, encrusted in a mesmeric gem, perched on the edge of a leper's pit, guiding the twisted logic of a murderous plot, strobing in the shattered mind of a poisoned ogre, clenched in the sweaty fist of a grief stricken warlord in a crumbling tower, floating in an iridescent sky above a range of melting mountains in a land of lecherous cave men; BEHOLD THE SCEPTER!!!
Invoked from the murky depths of a mimetic abyss, and role playing game book covers, the optically strenuous visions of the Scepter Quest universe are aimed at undermining your access to unambiguous perception. Situated behind a thick slab of optical and aural anomaly, heroic battles degenerate into infantile quarreling, quivering cowardice, and mesmerizing mindlessness.
Nate Boyce is a video artist whose work is concerned with optical ambiguities and implicit fantasy narratives. He lives and works in San Francisco.