Wednesday, 11 February 2009

I Should Have Done This a Long Time Ago

I should have done this a long time ago.

This is relatively old work, for the NTU Fine Art Degree Show 2008 (

Three Hand Drawn Stop Frame Animations.

Watch the last few seconds closely.

Theone below is my favourite.

This is what I had to say about the work last year.

My interest lies in a specific aspect of the everyday. It is the remaining evidence, the tangible traces of the previous that often go unnoticed in amongst the bustling present. My practice is centered around an ongoing search for these easily missed yet ever lingering clues. I want to draw out the aspects of the everyday that, on closer inspection, construct a tangible imagery of a fraction of a past belonging to another, set within another time. It is the fragments of evident humanity that capture my imagination. I have long been seeking a term that better defines the essence of what it is I seek. I have needed to articulate the very core of my findings that are particularly reminiscent of human intervention. It is evidence of the little noticed conscious thoughts and actions that work as clues to build up a narrative somewhere in between fact and fiction. I am searching within the everyday, uncovering the fleeting moments of notable triviality from beneath the blanket of routine and the mundane.

From this ongoing search I document the fleeting moments with sketches and photographs. From these records I produce hand drawn stop frame animated films commemorating the trivialities I have witnessed. The films are presented as subtle, small scale rear projections. Not a great deal happens in each film yet there is clear evidence of the investment of time and the labour intensive process which in itself elevates their importance of the tiny event. The collection of films are presented separately and intermittently to echo the experience of witnessing the moment.

I am interested in the process of drawing as a medium, teetering on the line between reportage and imagination. It interests me how little marks can convey imagery in the human mind, in particular with the addition of familiar movement. Within the construction and composition of the drawn animations I explore the use of minimal line and the white space on the page in order to allow the viewer to apply their own imagination. I am conscious of retaining a sense of ambiguity, making a requirement of the viewer to watch and be rewarded.

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