Residencies/Awards: 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grant recipient 2010 Museum of Art and Design, NYC "Museum's Choice Award" for "plume" animation 2010 Interdisciplinary Grant recipient from CalArts for Phosphena Installation 2010 Nick Carrey Diversity Grant recipient, CalArts 2009 Student Council grant recipient, CalArts 2008 Chashama North Arts Residency--August 2008 Pollack/Krasner Fellow at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony-July 2008 Bric/Rotunda Gallery Video Residency 2008 Vermont Studio Center Arts Residency--April 2007-08 Swingspace Artist Residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Commercial work: 2010 Music Video for " The Rubber Bunnies" Director 2010 Music video for "The Living Sisters" directed by Michel Gondry--Art PA 2009 Music video for Tunde Adebimpe and "No Surrender" 2008 Music video for French singer Thierry Stremler (in production) 2008 Music video for electro/hiphop group"No Surrender"(to be released in July) 2008 TV show opening sequence for BCAT's "Caught in the Act"
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My new work in experimental animation is an exploration of dreams, fantasy, memories, symbols, personal myths and narratives. New to the medium, I have worked primarily in the past with printmaking, painting, drawing and textiles. I took my first animation class in 2006 at Harvard University (as a grad student in the Arts and Education program) studying under the English animator Ruth Lingford. The freedom and freshness of the medium seduced me. I have been creating various short pieces and experiments since then.
My work combines the use of performance, shadow puppetry, cut-paper, small-scale sculpture, set design, installation, costume design, puppetry, drawing, painting, stop-motion and pixillation animation/video. Through animation/video I synthesize these various mediums.
I use sculpture/drawing/painting as branches of the time and space of the video to reveal the before/after--inside/outside that a video cannot show. This extension is part of the internal logic and structure of my work.
I’m a bower bird, a harvester of the world around me. I collect stories, dreams, memories, and profound experiences. Through experimental animation I explore cycles of life, realms of consciousness, and create new myths. I see my work existing in the in the flicker of your eye, in the darkened cave, on gallery walls and in subversive places.
Currently I'm an MFA student in Experimental Animation at Calarts. I'm working on “Phosphena,” a cut-paper stop-motion animation exploring the layers of consciousness connecting dreams, memories and death. Combining low and hi-tech experimental approaches to installation, projection, and puppetry along with compositing in After-Effects. I'm creating a large installation to view the animation involving photograms, a dream party, and the creation of a large human-sized bower to experience the animation.
"I am for an art that takes its form from the lines of life itself, that twists and extends and accumulates and spits and drips, and is heavy and coarse and blunt and sweet and stupid as life itself.
I am for an art that comes out of a chimney like black hair and scatters in the sky."--Claes Oldenburg