Allison Schulnik is an LA-based artist who works primarily in experimental clay animation and sculptural oil paint.
She described “MOUND” in an interview on thecreatorsproject.com:
“MOUND [is] a celebration of the moving painting. It is a macabre wandering, featuring animation as dance, where its subjects are choreographed in abstract and emotive gesture and movement. The line is blurred between the material elements of painting (texture, color, form) and the physicality and movement of ballet and theater. It is inspired by a series of paintings I made from The Funeral Party and the Performance series. Although there is a beginning, middle and end, what it retains in traditional material and methods, it avoids in narrative structure. It is an uncertain account of what exists somewhere between tragedy and farce. It is also a celebration of the handmade, and a purist claymation where all effects are done in-camera. I animated thousands of frames entirely by myself, and alone constructed over 100 figural puppets made of clay, fabrics, wire, wood, paint and glue.”
“The paintings and sculptures are influenced by people and creatures around me I know and don’t know, discarded once-sentimental relics, old books, movies, cartoons, flea markets, music, trash, food, dance, history… These things make their way into my brain and then seem to make a home amongst imagined realities. My brain blender takes these ingredients of earthly fact and blatant fiction and attempts to serve up a stage of tragedy, farce, and raw, ominous beauty. When I put something in material form, I just hope to be capturing this otherworld buffoonery, or maybe presenting a simple earthly dignified moment.”
[via The Creator’s Project.]
Here are some more examples of her paintings.