Animation Library (2009 – )

This library spans many animation projects i’ve engaged in – through bedroom and studio-only experiments to more ongoing and public presentations for galleries such as Verge, SCA Galleries and more.

I’ve long been interested in the immediacy of animation, and the power of making objects ‘move’ by themselves – also the juxtaposition of images within a ‘cutout’ context and how we generate meaning from such a montage.

The animation library is ongoing, and will expand over time.

My most recent work, Mira Pefka, is listed first below.

Mira Pefka (2016): The historical lineage of artists travelling to Greece is strong and much documented, with Leonard Cohen, and Australian Authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift drawn to its culture among the backdrop of the 60s. This interest has continued, with myself and many others from Australia finding a sense of their own artistic self in Greece amongst its people, mythology and landscape. My animation, mikrá péfka, looks to recreate the sense of wonder experienced by the artist through recent artistic expeditions throughout Greece. The film looks at architecture, people, places, plants, mirrored by images of myself and my own vision.

Now, whilst in Australia, I have the photographs of my time there and tiny windows into a world of the past I reflect upon and consider amongst my familiar landscape. This animation is an exercise in self portraiture as a reflection of memory, and a place in time and how your sense of self is echoed by those around you – in this instance all of the people I met whilst I was there. The freedom I encountered, and my liberated sense of self that one encounters whilst travelling, is presented through the cut-up nature of the photographs and their motion paths.

This work is comprised of over 300 photographs, shot by the artist on 35mm and processed in Exarchia, Athens, and compiled and re-shot as a stop-frame animation in Sydney, June-August 2016.

The piano soundtrack composed for this work is also performed and composed by the artist.

mikrá péfka refers to small pine trees that occupy the landscape in which these pictures were taken.