I WISH I KNEW WHAT TO SAY
For this series, stop-frame animations are created by drawing and erasing, photographing them each step of the way. Like palimpsests revealing traces of the previous gestures, the drawings are as much the residue of the animations as their starting point. The animations reflect a cycle of gestures countered by loss and change. They are a response to personal loss and the loss of the the 2016 election. Phrases appear written into the drawings, such as "I wish I knew what to say" and "There are no words" are a response to feeling at a loss for language, when language dissolves into gesture. They are as much about the process of mining the graphite as trying to find something in nothing or nothing in something. Or as Samuel Beckett wrote in The Unnamable: "You must go on. / I can't go on. / I'll go on."
I WISH I KNEW WHAT TO SAY (5 MIN / ALL)