Corrie Francis Parks brings life to the inanimate through frame-by-frame manipulation of physical materials. Animating with one hand under the camera and the other on the computer keyboard, her films and photography maintain an organic connection to traditional production methods while fully integrating digital technology. Her book Fluid Frames: Experimental Animation with Sand, Clay, Paint and Pixels explores the tactile nature of moving malleable materials directly under the camera, bringing together traditional and digital workflow through interviews with contemporary animators and workshop-style exercises.
Parks has been artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso and Klondike Goldrush International Historic Park, a Fulbright Fellow to New Zealand, and a grant recipient from the Montana Film Office. Her award-winning animated shorts have screened at Annecy, Hiroshima, Ottawa, Zagreb, and at major festivals on every continent except Antarctica.
This talk is part of a series of artist lectures accompanying Spectrum: 2017 UMBC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition on view at the CADVC November 2 – December 16.
Admission to the exhibition and the lectures is free. The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information call 410-455-3188.
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Image: Corrie Francis Parks. Color Wheel, 2017, sand on glass, 1″ x 1″ x 1″