Title

A Yearning

Lead Author Major

Studio Art

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Lucinda Kasser

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Monika Meler

Abstract/Artist Statement

I strive to get a better understanding of human nature, specifically the different emotions we feel and the reasons behind our reactions in various situations. "A Yearning" is an animated short film telling the story of a young woman’s experience dealing with social isolation and consequent feelings of imprisonment. Through a less literal, more symbolic form of visual storytelling where ordinary objects carry significant meaning, I tell a story about feeling trapped by one’s surroundings and longing for freedom. I have used shadows cast by window blinds to reinforce the idea of a cage and repeated imagery of birds and butterflies to emphasize states of freedom. This film is a poetic exploration of breaking the internal and external chains placed upon someone. The use of charcoal in stop-motion animation allows for a series of moving drawings linked together by sequence. In some parts, I drew each frame individually. However, for the most part, I used one drawing for a sequence. I would make a drawing, take a photograph, and then make changes to the drawing before taking the next photo. This method has been adopted from the technique William Kentridge uses in his stop-motion films. I have used the grays and blacks of charcoal to convey the solemnity of certain scenes, but color to indicate dream sequences. Color is used to represent the fantastical that exists in our imagination and rivals the stark and often coldness of real life.

Location

Reynolds Gallery

Start Date

17-4-2013 6:00 PM

End Date

17-4-2013 8:00 PM

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Apr 17th, 6:00 PM Apr 17th, 8:00 PM

A Yearning

Reynolds Gallery

I strive to get a better understanding of human nature, specifically the different emotions we feel and the reasons behind our reactions in various situations. "A Yearning" is an animated short film telling the story of a young woman’s experience dealing with social isolation and consequent feelings of imprisonment. Through a less literal, more symbolic form of visual storytelling where ordinary objects carry significant meaning, I tell a story about feeling trapped by one’s surroundings and longing for freedom. I have used shadows cast by window blinds to reinforce the idea of a cage and repeated imagery of birds and butterflies to emphasize states of freedom. This film is a poetic exploration of breaking the internal and external chains placed upon someone. The use of charcoal in stop-motion animation allows for a series of moving drawings linked together by sequence. In some parts, I drew each frame individually. However, for the most part, I used one drawing for a sequence. I would make a drawing, take a photograph, and then make changes to the drawing before taking the next photo. This method has been adopted from the technique William Kentridge uses in his stop-motion films. I have used the grays and blacks of charcoal to convey the solemnity of certain scenes, but color to indicate dream sequences. Color is used to represent the fantastical that exists in our imagination and rivals the stark and often coldness of real life.