[…] Studio space at Mitchell Press this past July Intensive.
Working through the latest update, I was very tempted to change and alter writing I have done over the past 28 months. However, I have left most of the writing (including my inconsistent use of “white” and “Whiteness”) in order to demonstrate a progression of thought and have noted dates on most pages [posts]. My complete thesis contains my current thoughts and thinking on the topic of Whiteness.
As part of our program, I set up and published the micro-site for our HERE+THERE Graduation Exhibition at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver.
The work I showed at the HERE+THERE Graduation Exhibition is also available to be viewed on Vimeo.
An overview of the production of the work appears below.
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Nov 16, 2011
The Cleaning Girl and the Boarder is a stop motion animation that re-imagines a portion of the narrative in My Mother Told Me, a work I created for the mid-program MAA exhibition UponOccasion in 2011 at Emily Carr University. The original work consists of a narrative that is loosely based on personal memory, and The Cleaning Girl additionally incorporates fantasy and fiction into a fragment of that memory.
The section of the story that is re-imagined from a portion of text in My Mother Told Me reads, “I didn’t notice a lot of blacks in our town, but I recall the Chinese boarders that lived in our bedrooms after the divorce – I thought it was strange how you could see their fallen hairs on the pillows”. The set for the animation is a bedroom made from low-tech materials. The figure and the furnishings are created from white paper, while the bedroom walls are constructed from corrugated cardboard.
The story begins with the girl occupied in cleaning the room of a boarder who lives in her mother’s house. She is distracted from her work and gazes out the window, masturbates on the corner of the bed, and imagines black hairs dancing on the boarder’s pillow. The Cleaning Girl sets memory and fantasy side by side as well as bringing together past and present. I draw upon memories to create the structure of the narrative, and these memories are paired with fantasy, which allow for moments of both humour and disgust to be present in the film. Simultaneously, past memories are brought to the present through the use of live action sequences, such as my own hand sloshing water in a bucket and washing a hot plate, and these are mixed with traditional stop motion animation techniques.