Stacey Steers will be in the Movement Studio demonstrating handmade collage animation August 13–14.
– Stacey Steers
I discovered my stop-motion animation technique almost by accident.
Brook Lundquist: What will your demonstration in the studio look like? What can you tell me about your upcoming demonstration?
Stacey Steers: I am planning to work on a preliminary scene from an upcoming film. I will be demonstrating my process of using elements from film frames and cutouts from other sources to create collages for animation.
BL: How would you describe your style as an artist?
SS: I am a collage artist who uses animation as her primary medium.
BL: What is it about film as a medium that inspires you or helps you to achieve your artistic vision?
SS: I like to think of animation as the choreography of the visual plane. I find that motion emanates power and I love the dynamic quality of moving images and the unique expressive quality of finding particular elements that can be combined to bring a space to life.
BL: What inspired you to dedicate yourself to stop-motion animation? How does it serve your creative vision?
SS: I discovered my stop-motion animation technique almost by accident. I used to draw animation using a more conventional working technique. For me, the limits that collaging imposes on the choices I can make is very liberating. I love feeling free within a particular context and using a specific set of images to draw from. I found the blank page overwhelming in some sense.
BL: How did you come to choose film, specifically stop-motion animation, as your art form?
SS: I had been exposed to filmmaking through my first husband who was a filmmaker, when I lived in Latin America. I loved film, but I was a fine art student. Animation allowed me to combine the love of film with former training.
BL: What would you say most significantly inspires your work?
SS: That varies from project to project. I love to discover an idea and give form to it through my process of working organically and intuitively.
BL: What does your creative process entail?
SS: I think up a general landscape for a film and then I start out with a scene and just build onward from that point. Sometimes I go back and expand some earlier sequences, but mostly I work straight ahead searching for a “story” and poetic voice.
BL: How does movement help you to achieve your artistic vision? What was the inspiration that led you to incorporate movement into your artistic process?
SS: I would say movement is my artistic voice. It’s very hard for me to think of stationary images, my ideas require time and development to emerge. Movement is the essence of animation.