Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Mound"

Alison Schulnik's vision is a wonder! She is a true multi-media artist, working in 2D (and 3D!) painting, gouache on paper, stop motion animation films, and ceramic creations.

Watch this haunting, astonishing stop-motion film Schulnik made this year. Entitled "Mound," it is a bizarre, candy-colored Hieronymus Bosch landscape populated with pastel skulls, gnomes, red-nosed clowns, and woodland spirits, all crafted and undulating by Schulnik.


It reminds me so much of the maudlin-scary clown paintings that were popular in the late 60s and early 70s...


I'm also reminded of Noface and the Radish Spirit, among others, from the glorious Miyazaki film, "Spirited Away."


And her music choice is pretty inspired too... because of this short film, I have been introduced to the genius of Scott Walker who recorded "It's Raining Today" in 1969. The hovering, nearly dissonant strings are a brilliant touch and compliment his Burt Bachrach-style crooning. Walker is still recording.

Visit Alison Schulnik's website to see more of her work:
http://allisonschulnik.com/#

And visit Scott Walker's site at 4AD to learn more about his career and music:
http://4ad.com/artists/scottwalker

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