I am an artist, designer and storyteller. My main focus is on how different people experience their consciousness and finding ways to communicate experiences which cannot be expressed fully in words.
Animation as a medium has the greatest potential for creating empathy and communication as it is the closest approximation we can currently achieve to sharing mental processes with others. A considerable part of my practice is devoted to developing tools and techniques to allow for more direct expression through animation, experimenting with a large variety of media and adapting techniques from each, prioritising the revealing of how a situation feels rather than how it really is.
The primary technique on display in my graduate show is model element replacement. I have been developing it over the last year and it draws primarily from stop motion. It involves making multiple variants of a model and animating it by picking which variant is on display at any given frame. This allows for more active choices to be made as each expression and moment can be unique rather than bound to the limitations of a 3d armature, allowing for decision making well into the animation process, as if a unique variant is required it can be made and incorporated into the system at any point of production.
Following my time at the RCA I hope to continue developing these techniques to allow small independent groups of creators to make visually striking, personal and unique animated stories.