“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
– Imogen Cunningham
I think it is essential to always push yourself to create better work everyday. I do not settle for what I do today, but I always hope that tomorrow I have grown just a little bit more and be able to improve my work. :]
The word ‘art’ is very slippery. It really has no importance in relation to one’s work. I work for the pleasure, for the pleasure of the work, and everything else is a matter for the critics.”
-Manuel Alvarez Bravo
When I make art, I always just take in consideration my own pleasure. I do not analyze or conceptualize my work in the making because I feel it takes away from the piece. In my situation, I have always made better work when I don’t even think about it. I just like it and make it.
He is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media, but especially animation. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the Brothers Quay, and many others. Švankmajer's trademarks include very exaggerated sounds, often creating a very strange effect in all eating scenes. He often uses fast-motion sequences when people walk or interact. His movies often involve inanimate objects being brought to life through stop-motion. Many of his films also include clay objects in stop-motion, otherwise known as clay animation.
She is a filmmaker and artist. She is best known for her animation films, which are created through puppetry, collage, and paint on glass techniques. She has made over forty films since 1994. Colburn’s style of collage combines pop culture and political imagery with an aesthetic that is painterly. Many of her appropriated images are painted over with a diverse variety of paints, which integrate them with the drawings and textures that are completely her own. She has always rejected the computer program as a means to create her animations. Therefore, she uses “hands-on,” non-technological quality process that defines her work. Color is another very important aspect of Colburn’s films.
Stephen and Timothy Quay are American identical twin brothers better known as the Brothers Quay. They are influential stop-motion animators. Most of their animation films feature puppets made of doll parts and other organic and inorganic materials, often partially disassembled, in a dark, moody atmosphere. With very few exceptions, their films have no meaningful spoken dialogue—most have no spoken content at all, while some, like The Comb (1990) include multilingual background gibberish that is not supposed to be coherently understood.
Inspired by the “The Good Life” documentary made by Carlos Motta, I want to also address the heavy influence the U.S. has on Latin American countries. Having lived half of my life in Mexico city and the other half in Chicago, I have been able to closely distinguished these influences that have changed my perspective of the world growing up as a child. With this in mind, I want to go back into my memories of a child and create a non-linear narrative, ripping apart the image of the “Oh-so Great America.” I want to be able to expose the truth of all the horrifying things America has covered up and unveil the damage America has done to other countries historically (more in specific Mexico) and how it has shaped the people, the countries’ government and natural landscape to what they are today.