My work explores issues surrounding capitalist society, through delving into themes of superficiality, female stigma in advertisement, and the relationship between consumerism, glamour and the grotesque. I apply elements of fantasy and folklore not only to create metaphor, but to also stretch my subject matter to its most ridiculous form. My work aims to create parody with dark undertones, in order to slightly unnerve the viewer. I enjoy making props and sets for my films, which gives a fake quality, adding to the parody. I also enjoy mixing mediums such as collage, stop animation, digital animation, 16mm film, live action and puppetry.
“This way ma’am, said the skeleton,” is an interpretation of the dance macabre placed in a contemporary setting. It aims to explore the west’s denial of death, and its new found illusion of immortality. The film draws inspiration from momento Mori and vanitas art, which serves to remind of the inevitability of death and the fragility of life. I have used paper mache, green screen, stop animation and digital animation to create an intimate, fairytale like world warped by death.