Monday, 31 July 2017

Not Microwaving But Drowning

I'm working on a storyboard for an idea I had while waiting for sad pasty to reheat. The title is a play on the poem 'Not Waving But Drowning' by Stevie Smith

Story: A journey taken in the mind’s eye while going through the bleak ritual of microwaving a cornershop meat pastry.

Idea for the setup of this script: Film a microwave cooking a pasty for a minute. Superimpose the animation on the door of the microwave. The spell is broken with the alarm ringing and the food being withdrawn.

Voiceover monologue (bold is scenes to be animated):

“There are moments that, in the words of Roy Batty, are like tears in rain. These fascinate me. The world carries on regardless. We are clouds of particles toing and froing, dancing and colliding. We move on flowing currents plaiting together. Paths that no individual can decipher, between the usual miracles.

Riding the bus, reading the paper, tying shoelaces, staring out the window. An old man strips naked in the supermarket. Light reflecting off the door handle looks like a sassy woman. Twice a day the clock smiles. We are an unlikely event. There is only now; frame after frame sliding past. We are born, live and die, now. Now, here, I am living! Now my pasty catches up with me.”

Friday, 14 July 2017

Early Drawings

I found some of my early drawings. Densely packed with imagery, looking them over is like jumping in a time machine and travelling backwards, becoming the person I was. I had a lot going on in my head, I still do. The difference now is that I've learnt coping mechanisms. I also learnt that in an orchestra not all instruments have to be playing at once. These are maps to my pre-adolescent psyche.

This one is so fragile I had to glue it to a piece of card to stop it disintegrating. It dates from around 2000-2001 when I was twelve going on thirteen.
This one was made when I was fourteen and being homeschooled. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Spicy Hot

Quick animation made using found paper scraps. I worked with what I had!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Source Park Deck Art Show

The Source Park held an art show fundraiser for local charities featuring the work of artists throughout the area. A wide of range of styles and disciplines were on display. The proceeds of the sale of the decks will go to support young people through the Charity for Kids, Respond Academy and Xtrax. I contributed a deck to do my bit.

A small sample of the work on offer.
It wouldn't be my contribution if it wasn't at least a little bit sinister.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Artism Sussex Animation Group

Our animation group is stronger than ever, Open Arts has been renamed Artism Sussex and relocated to the Carlton Hill Resource Centre where we have a lot more room to spread out and take on projects larger in scope.
All participants bring varied interests and talents. Working on group projects or pursuing a unique vision there is no limit to the creativity and enthusiasm at the heart of the Artism Sussex animation group. I never tire of working with such visually bold and adventurous people who all have such a love for the animated image.

Credit for the below film goes to the talented and prolific Peter Hourihan one of our animators.
Intruder Alert! from Artism Sussex Animation on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Mind Invasion

I recently took part in a large scale group collage show which showcased the work of many local and international collagists. The sheer variety of approaches on display was awe inspiring and ranged from the traditional to the bizarre. I found myself drawn to the weirder ones. Most of the Mazhari clan contributed, my mother Bunny and my brother Alex submitted their own collages. It's the closest we've come to having a group show.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

MA2015 Show

My final project in the MA Show emerged from the vast subject of my Research Report. Five earmarks of visual 'disorder'; apophenia, horror vacui, repetition, obsession and synesthesia. Before I settled on the scroll form, I was intent on making a series of concertina books as a departure from the long, run-on canvas. I ultimately went with what felt most natural and is most conducive to long streams of visual information.

A closer look at the scroll,
The scrolls, sketchbook, concertina, animations and captions put together at last. It took towel rack holders and a large piece of electrical tubing to put together a solid fitting for it.

The scroll in progress, I actually managed to put time into this while commuting. I enjoyed the side-eye from fellow passengers.
Sorting out the monitor for the animation element involved lots of cables and stress.
A short stop motion embedded into my final installation at University of Brighton MA2015.
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