White River Junction, Vermont, USA
STATEMENT OF ARTIST PRACTICE
Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, my handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: my films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life.
Jodie Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Locarno Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Jeonju International Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs at the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, The New York Times, and Senses of Cinema. She was the 2017/18 Roberta and David Logie/Film Study Center Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a 2018/19 Fellow at the Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University. She was a 2019 Artist In Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and a 2021 MacDowell Fellow. She is an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College.
Examples of Collage in Motion
Wasteland No. 2: Hardy, Hearty
Garden ghosts flirt with the weeds of spring, cycling matter[s] and lives and deaths.
From Felix Salten’s Bambi, chapter on Winter:
Quilting Instructions 1-14
Culled from instructional publications like 101 Fabulous Rotary Cut Quilts and The Joy of Quilting, these cell-based animations, filmed “front and back”, take inspiration from mesmerizing computer graphics. Swelling and contracting in complexity, the loops linger and labor over product and means.
Made entirely by hand from cut marbled paper, this odyssey of remnants re-imagines a dream-sequence love. Video for the band ROOMMATE.
Posthaste Perennial Pattern
Rapid-fire florals and morning bird songs bridge interior and exterior, design and nature.
Yard Work is Hard Work
Simultaneous disillusionment and hope + eternal love in the face of an economic crisis.