Animation: Estranged

The animation, Estranged, reflects gestures and line drawings made by a group of artists in response to the words,

You feel the word
lives for the first time
as soon as it is spoken.

Jack Ward
Mawson Diary, January 1955

Meredith Lucy
John Smith
Rena Czaplinska,
Yoris Everaerts,
Lisa Roberts
Sydney, 2007

sound: Jon Hizzard
Flinders Island 2003


visual sonic manifestation
thinking objects
moving through a landscape

The animation evokes a human(?)
presence rising out of the ice of antarctica
but the figure is transformed
into a primordial anthopomorphic wind creature
giving birth to icicles, wind and other objects.
The sound echoes what is happening in the animation
and adds to that etheriality
(is there such a word?)
of the experience.

I think the animation achieves a represenation
of the etherial nature
of the weather on antartica,
one minute calm the next alll hell breaks loose.

Peter Charuk
Sydney, 9 July 2008

Acting on the assumption that the subject
is to do with Antarctica,
the animation reminds me
that Antarctica is made up largely
of flowing ice, air and water.

BUT I believe that the description of a subject in art
should have a great deal of intrinsic value
which springs from the artist’s own vision/thinking.
I have great touble in my classes
trying to make some of them realise
that they should interpret rather than copy.

SO I sat running your animation
through and through many times and,
apart from the music which I found a bit distracting,
I found it a mesmerising expereience in its own right,
as well as telling me something
of your personal Antarctica.
Sensuous, I think is a good word
with maybe a touch of sensuality as well.

Fred Elliott
Melbourne, 7 July 2008

One Reply to “Animation: Estranged”

  1. Lisa I really do think this is going somewhere very interesting. Possibly because it is so open to interpretation. It seemed to be like something carried on the wind. The lines worked perfectly on the white so that they became part of the white field. I could see how the movement workshops were linking in with the whole internal landscape. It also was long and complex enough to sustain and carry a set of emotional responses not just a single experience.

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Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2008