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Animation (MA)

David Crump

David Crump is a painter turned animator, exploring the potential of stop motion, and plasticine to emulate visceral feelings of painting.

Using plasticine like paint, mixing up colours and making considered applications of plasticine to try and capture a persons inner feelings very much how an artist might approach a portrait.

His work often includes a boil, which means each frame a character is rubbed down, letting the viewer understand his marks are all over this work, which compliments the personal stories he is trying to tell. The boil is performative but also the life force of his figures, letting the viewer understand the characters are alive in complex ways beyond the movement, or lack of movement that they may or may not make.

Much like painting its the accidents and uncontrollable elements that often lead the direction of the work, animating instinctively and letting the plasticine direct David where to go next. Swipes and contorted figures are regular themes through out his work, leaning into almost sculptural territories. The work explores themes of vulnerability, shame, acceptance, and sexuality, and are about the artist's own personal experiences growing up gay.

Screen Shot from Strokes (2023)

I will always want to explore the potential of plasticine, and push the limits of what it can look like and its potential of how it can express emotion. I think it is such a useful tool for story telling and emotive sensitive subject matters. I will continue on with playing with the medium and watching the happy accidents and distortions create a reality that exists somewhere between stop motion and painting. As things become more digitalised is such new and exciting ways, I want to try and keep the visceral and textual exploration moving forward. Plasticine has become an important part of my life, it is what I consider painting now, and I would love for it to be seen that way, and kept alive for future projects.