Across 7 projections, this animated installation depicts a poetic, dark, and somewhat humorous social observation, in which family ties and relationships are broken down and dissected to pieces.
HOME is an art video recorded inside a fragmented miniature space of a diorama. In the video, this space appears as a compact and idyllic whole with a breath of warmth and coziness of a sunshine-flooded home. However, in reality, this is a cluster of small, broken, dissected walls and facades alike those that the artist uses in her animated puppet films.
MEMENTO is based on the (un)spoken experiences and memories of my grandmother Lea Balas Vidakovic, who was deported to Auschwitz at the age of 14. The exhibition consists of animations, videos, soil, cakes, suitcases, documents and artefacts.
Through minute depiction of a tangible miniature world and it’s atmosphere, utilising visual metaphors and a range of editing approaches, this work features an open narrative structure. The animation triptych evokes the atmosphere of old Dutch paintings, where sisters are trapped in melancholy, facing the loss and emptiness over the missing one.
Splendid Isolation is an animation triptych done in traditional puppet animation technique. With uneven durations of about 90 seconds for each, the projections run in a loop without synchronisation. The loose story is structured to depict the same character in three different locations on each projection.
In the context of animated installations, gaps are present in the physical space between the projections in the gallery or any other space where the work is projected.
Bringing art into the hospital environment reflects the implementation and transfer of positive experience to the community. A work of art, in all its forms, can contribute to a positive effect on the observer, by raising his/her spirit, evoking thoughts, and stimulating emotions.
International Journal of Film and Media Arts (2021)
Presented at ‘Bringing Legacy to Life’ Stop Motion Conference 2021 Animation Research Network Scotland
As part of CINANIMA – Espinho International Animation Film Festival, where renowned names of cinema, animation and illustration pass through every year, Lea Vidakovic presents the masterclass Storytelling Approaches for Expanded Animation.