by Katie Hall
I recently created this stop motion animation for a class at Southwestern College. This course assignment inspired me to pull together my childhood interest in moving images with my current love of the expressive, fluid process of art making.
As I tapped into my inner child, the directions I could go with my imagination felt limitless and full of possibility.
I am excited to share this project and continue my experimentation with this, because I envision it to be a potentially healing art therapy technique. I see it as a way to formulate meaning and gain perspective on one’s narrative by integrating layers of imagery into one whole and complete visual expression.
I believe this technique could be creatively explored in many different ways. Any medium, including paint, charcoal, clay, cut paper, pastel, shadows, photography, melted wax, etc. could be used. I appreciate the versatility of this process and the way that it highlights the metaphor of the flow and constant nature of change in life. The imagery is never permanent and continues to morph and transform. Similar to the way of capturing one mark at a time, we are all in a process of becoming. I feel being able to see our life experience as if it were a movie can be a great way to pinpoint negative patterns. This can provide clarity and open doors for real change to occur.