Rhodora is an animated music video rendered in hand crafted cardboard figures and sets. The story is inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem of the same name, an ode to a flower that is a warning about the dangers of the fragmenting poetry of the male voyeuristic gaze in the mode of ‘blason,’ a descriptive cataloging of a woman’s features that verbally tears her apart in rhapsody and rhyme. By invoking the myth of the young hunter Actaeon and his encounter with the divine Diana, the song captures this exchange between spectator and spectacle; as Actaeon's botched rite of passage transforms him into a stag, he is soon torn apart by his own hounds ‘from horn to hoof’ in a vengeful reversal of hunter come hunted.
Despite growing up in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Ace is yet another Brooklyn-based video director. His hometown's “rusty” quality would embed itself in his work’s aesthetic, which often glorifies urban decay. He has directed short films, music videos, and cartoons, some of which received awards from film festivals.