Throughout the past year I’ve had many learning experiences that will continue to help me develop in my practice after graduation. I found that even through my animation experiments that I conducted before creating my main Bipolar animation, I can see that visuals and successful imagery has been carried through to my final project. I found the artist research I done greatly improved the outcome of my work. I looked at various animators, documentary animations and artists with related content. My dissertation work also impacted my subject work as I continued to follow through with my research on mental health, specifically bipolar disorder and visually further my research through animation. I feel my final project was successful and shows a good premise for future applications.
Kirsten Lepore is an American animator, best known for her stop motion short films like “Sweet Dreams”, “Bottle”, and “Move Mountain”. From 2014–15, she worked on an episode of the American cartoon series Adventure Time entitled “Bad Jubies”, serving as writer, storyboard artist, and director. The episode eventually aired on January 14, 2016 to critical acclaim.
While speaking to Amelia and Owen about my project they suggested I look at Jan Svankmajer’s work. I particularly enjoy the 1990 film Darkness light Darkness. I admire how it ‘plays’ with the materials used ( clay) to add to the narrative.