Jodie Mack

Mack received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. She employs abstract/absolute animation with movies to make handmade films that use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling. In her works she is exploring “domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design.” This means that she wants the viewers to look at daily objects that are overlooked and she energy that is surrounding them once it has been unleashed from the object. She currently works as an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College.

I am very interested in her work and I am thankful that we looked at her work before the .gif project because I have been inspired by her work. I found it amazing that she can tell a story just from showing different angles or pieces of such simple objects, such as lace in Point de Gaze, when I thought they would have to be complex and require a lot of intense effort in order to be considered “art.” I liked how she focuses on the sounds being represented in the art in most of her pieces, instead of there being a main figure. The pieces selected in her works are only there to enhance the sound, like the different and fun fabrics in her I Want to Dance with Somebody video. I felt like the fabrics were very fitting of the sound incorporated her and to enhance the lyrics putting the paper also showed her use of simple objects. I really liked Mack’s piece The Future is Bright before I even watched the piece because of her description “’Tis a rhyme for your lip, And a song for your heart, To sing it whenever, The world falls apart” because all of her work seems darker before you watch it but afterwards I feel very happy. I like the color used in this pieces because they are the colors of the rainbow and I think that makes it so simple but so great.

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