Sent Away tells my dad’s story of being sent away to boarding school at the age of eight. Boarding schools can rip children out of their secure, loving homes and deposit them into a cold, unloving institution. Kids have to emotionally shut down, and cut off their sensitivities to themselves in order to survive this experience.There is a connection to ideas of masculinity and a notion that small boys need to be ‘toughened up’. Sent Away explores the themes of masculinity and how children are institutionalised through the boarding school system. It is a personal story at its core, but also explores the wider implications of when kids are sent away to school.
School of Communication
MA Animation, 2019
I use observations from everyday life to tell stories that are playful and engaging, but have underlying social criticisms. I aim for a deceptive simplicity, communicated through expressive drawing, visual metaphor and sound. I enjoy combining a jokey, light-hearted aesthetic with darker, serious topics.
- BA Illustration Animation, Kingston University, London; Diploma in Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Animator, Scriberia, London, 2017; Animation director, The School of Life, London, 2016–2017
- Unbelievable Power, House of Vans, London, 2016
- Depict Random Acts Special Mention Award, Encounters Festival
- Alex Dudok de Wit, Toons by women at Encounters 2015, Sight and Sound, 2015