Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sculpture and Animism

"Eventually all landscape painters become religious."

I'd say all sculptors, figurative AND abstract, are animists.

Sculptors love both the material and the processes we use to tell our stories. When we work, clay becomes flesh, wood becomes feathers, steel beams balance at precarious angles, forms manifest.

That's why I include animation as sculpture. It's another way of seeing and relating to objects. Stop animation means making thousands of decisions about inanimate objects, changing, re-fabricating, remodeling them. If you enjoyed Jan Svankmajer's Game With Stones, you'll love his take on Alice in Wonderland.

Follow the Youtube link to see the entire film. The caterpillar is amazing. Listen for how he uses sound as distinct objects to tell the story.

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