NJCU
INTEGRATED MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM M.F.A
APPLICATION FALL 2018

TIME PORTRAIT  (TITLE IN PROGRESS)

2018 | WORK IN PROGRESS | 2D Animation. 3D Animation.

 

Short abstract animation dealing with life conception, mortality and time.
Executed with 2d and 3d elements with representational symbolism, the film represents a conceptual outlook on cycles of life.
Film is in process of visual experimentation and has yet to resolve into a finished piece. On a grander note, the animation deals with repeated themes in author’s work such as time, nature, and human experiences.

 

BENEATH THE OLIVE TREE

2015. Creative direction. Illustration and 2d animation. 

 

Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis & Orama Pictures present

Beneath The Olive Tree is based on secret journals found buried beneath an olive tree on the island of Trikeri, which served as a concentration camp during the Greek Civil War (1946-1949). 

The journals, buried for close to three decades, tell the inspiring stories of survival of the thousands of women political exiles during the war, and explore the involvement of the US and British governments at the time.

My role in this project was to collaborate with directors and create 2D/3D animation and titles under my creative direction.

 

BLUE ORANGE

2011 | 2:30 mins |  Ink on paper. Compositing. Animation.  |  Music by Rui Abrunheiro

 

Blue Orange is an exploration of mood, sound and motion using my illustrations from Blue Orange Innocence series.

 

 

VERGANGENHEITSBEWÄLTIGUNG

2009 | 5 mins |  Photography. Animation. Compositing  |  Music by Beefcake

 

Vergangenheit - past, Bewaltigung - mastering process of coming to terms with the past
Visual study of architectural and historical aspects of an abandoned theatre.

Time is a powerful instrument of nature: it has slowly peeled man-painted murals; penetrated velvet curtains with mold and made this theatre into a grand home for homeless creatures. Time speaks of former glories that now are just echos.

 

NINETY ONE

2009 | 4:35 mins | Video. News footage. Motion Graphics.

 

NINETY ONE is an exploration of cultural and economic evolution of early 90s in the Soviet Union, through recollection of childhood memories.

 

TALIA'S DACHA

2007 | 5:50 mins | Video. Photographs. Motion Graphics.

 

Talia’s Dacha touches Russian phenomena of importance of “return to the soil” in the historical perspective as well as cultural.

From personal standpoint, this work deals with my own ancestry and couple of main characters whose tie it all together – the grandmother, the aunt, the dog and the cat.

 

BURGEONING SENESCE

2006 | 3:00 mins | Video. Archival Footage. |  Collaboration with Michelle Mumoli

 

Burgeoning - to grow and flourish, senesce - to grow old.

This is an experimental narrative short interweaving hand drawn animation, found home movie footage and video. This piece deals with notions of womanhood and issues of how time takes its toll on women's bodies, hearts and minds. 
Using animation and montage, we treated this short as a "combine" sequential paintings, creating multiple layers of artifice, fleeting dreams and thoughts.

 

PYGMALION

2004 | 3:35 mins | Creative Direction. Cinematography.

 

Dedicated to Richard McDermott Miller (1922-2004)

The inspiration for this piece came to me as I was modeling for Richard McDermott Miller, the Figurative Sculptor of SoHo. Posing for hours gave me much to think about re-telling the myth of Pygmalion. I was stirred by the mysterious sculptures as they stood still and the timeless idea of maker and his creation. What might happen if the creation is no longer tied to its maker?