Artist Write-Up

From February 23rd through March 23rd, there is an exhibition for Alysia Kaplan called (In)Voluntary Memories.  According to her website, Alysia Kaplan is an interdisciplinary artist from Rochester currently working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as a professor.  In her exhibition, there is a video made up of found footage and a series of 6 still images lined up on the wall, among 4 other pieces.  During her artist talk, she expressed how she doesn’t come up with a narrative for her works until after they are completed.  She wants the viewer to look at her work and come up with a meaning for themselves. Continue reading “Artist Write-Up”

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Color Matters: Intro to Color Theory

Ivy Stevens-Gupta held a lecture on Thursday, February 9th, in the Orvis Auditorium at Alfred State.  During her lecture, she talked about the psychological differences between colors and how to utilize these properties into art and design, as well as how she used these ideas into creating her works that are displayed currently in the Hinkle Library.  Ivy Stevens-Gupta got started as a business major at Alfred University and subsequently got a job working for a newspaper.  As newspapers began to die off in printed readership, she left and went back to school for marketing.  Currently, she teaches color theory and painting. Continue reading “Color Matters: Intro to Color Theory”

Peer Critique

In Michael Vok’s standing to sitting animation,  he need to work on applying squash and stretch to the character. The moment the character touches the chair, from the small of the back up to the head, it stops moving which gives the viewer the impression that the character is weightless. The hands of the character do not change from the stock Norman pose until they touch the chair. This was a poor choice in that it gives the impression that this was made in a rush and it makes the character look stiff. Despite these faults, he was able to achieve smooth animation without any awkward jumps in it. If these mistakes were to be corrected, this would be a strong piece of animation.

Canon and Character Biography

Name: Narcissa

Age: 15

Apparel: red dress, down to lower thigh, thin straps over shoulders, scratches on back

Hair: black, short (to shoulders)

Eyes: deep blue,  tired

Torso: thin, small breasts

Arms: shaved, smooth, long nails

Legs: shaved

Checknav is a small village in Eastern Europe situated between the mountains. In this society, families were patriarical and males were held in much higher esteem than women. Abuse towards women was very common and they were treated very poorly all throughout life. Young girls often stayed at home with their mothers doing chores and other ‘wifely’ routines.

Narcissa was born to a wealthy family, withe the father and mother being the son of a successful merchant and the daughter of a farmer. The father often beat Narcissa and threw her in a closet for the smallest of reasons, even as being the daughter of a “lower class whore.” Her older brother joined in on this many times and would often molest her to the knowledge of her parents. Her mother wasn’t a bad woman, she was just used to the daily torture of what society planted in her husband and son.

Narcissa never fought back. She would often escape to her own dreams of being alone and away from her wretched household. She had never left the house and often dreamed of what was on the outside. She imagined the woods to be a place of freedom and beauty that did not discriminate against anyone.

One night after dinner, she was whipped by her father for making an unsatisfactory meal. She did not cry or scream, she only stood there silently with lifeless eyes as he brought the weapon aggressively back and forth. When he was done, he ordered her to clean up the blood on the ground caused by the wounds on her back. She grabbed a towel and proceeded to clean it up, staring at the dark red liquid becoming soaked within the towel. Her father sat in his chair with his pipe in his mouth and a sly grin on his face.  On the table next to her was a knife, placed in a way that only she could see it. She knew that if he came over, she would stab him and end her and her mother’s suffering. After she was done cleaning the blood from the floor, he came over. He patted her head as a sign of a job well done and in the blink of an eye, the knife was lodged into his heart, killing him in the process. Narcissa stood there stunned at what she had done. Her brother came down after hearing all the ruckus and stood there staring at his father’s body and the bloody knife in his sister’s hand. He tore the knife from his sister’s hand and beat her violently in a fit of rage. He then left the house and came back hours later with a mob of people. They grabbed Narcissa, cut off her long beautiful hair, and burned her at the stake for what she had done.

Years later, her story became immortalized by the women of the town who speak of the girl who fought back. She became a symbol of hope that one day they too can end their suffering and live among the men as equals. Her story gets passed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter, as the martyr of women.

 

Lotte Reiniger

The year 1926 was an important one for animation. That year, animator Lotte Reiniger released the animated feature length film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Although it may not be the first animated film, it is considered the oldest surviving one, as the pervious two made before it are lost. The movie uses silhouette cutout stop motion animation which is unique to her and few other animators. Although the style is not often used, it uses fairly common animation techniques to achieve its effect. Continue reading “Lotte Reiniger”