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Betsy Dadd

MA work

I think of animation as durational painting – it may stand still, barely moving for a given period of time but it also has the ability to perform. With this in mind, I have been exploring animated stillness. I find subtle movement draws one to look closer. And as a counterpoint to action, minimal movement and slow motion suspend time and create quietude. As Alain Badiou put it, 'It is a matter of constructing a time for thought that is slow and leisurely, for what makes our world is speed.'

My animation practice has grown out of experimentation and rigorous drawing activity - the materials and process being intrinsic to the work. I use the physical drawing as the surface for projection to create an image which is static and in constant flux, both tangible and digital. Like this, I find ways to present my animations as installations, objects or environments. I hope to address the different viewing conditions of both the gallery and the cinema.

My recent animations have explored particular locations and their conditions, around which I take the viewer on a journey. I document landscapes that are undergoing change, using drawings and field recordings as a starting point.

Info

  • Betsy Dadd profile image
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Communication

    Programme

    MA Animation, 2013

  • I think of animation as durational painting – it may stand still, barely moving for a given period of time but it also has the ability to perform. With this in mind, I have been exploring animated stillness. I find subtle movement draws one to look closer. And as a counterpoint to action, minimal movement and slow motion suspend time and create quietude. As Alain Badiou put it, 'It is a matter of constructing a time for thought that is slow and leisurely, for what makes our world is speed.'

    My animation practice has grown out of experimentation and rigorous drawing activity - the materials and process being intrinsic to the work. I use the physical drawing as the surface for projection to create an image which is static and in constant flux, both tangible and digital. Like this, I find ways to present my animations as installations, objects or environments. I hope to address the different viewing conditions of both the gallery and the cinema.

    My recent animations have explored particular locations and their conditions, around which I take the viewer on a journey. I document landscapes that are undergoing change, using drawings and field recordings as a starting point.

  • Degrees

  • BA, Fine Art: Printmaking, University of Brighton, 2008
  • Experience

  • Workshop facilitator, ReachOutRCA, London, 2012–13; Workshop facilitator, BBC 21st Century Classroom, London, 2010–11; Workshop facilitator, Youth Animation and Media, London, 2009–11
  • Exhibitions

  • Animated Drawing Screening, Parasol Unit, London, 2012; Out House, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 2011; Drawing Trick Blink, New Gallery, London, 2011; Because We Are Small, Flowers Gallery, London, 2010
  • Awards

  • First prize, Golden Shorts, RCA Shorts Film Festival, 2012; Shortlisted, Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2010; First prize, University of Brighton Degree Show, Nagoya University Award, 2008