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Animation takes on a more physical and present quality, while body and space take on a more fantastical quality, creating an experience that is both cinematic and theatrical.

March 16, 2017

miwa_matreyek_portrait_2Miwa Matreyek is an internationally recognized animator, designer, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. Miwa Matreyek’s work blurs the line between real and unreal. In live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation, she explores how animation changes when it is combined with body and space (and vice versa). In her video projects, animation takes on a more physical and present quality, while body and space take on a more fantastical quality. On one hand, Matreyek’s performance can be viewed as a cinematic experience taking place on a screen. On the other hand, what is seen on the screen is a collapsed product of multiple layers of animation, objects and body. Her work often explores themes related to environmentalism, urban planning, global warming, and water conservation. “Magical…the sheer breadth of the imagery…is unlike anything you’ve seen before.” — Los Angeles Times

She creates animated short films as well as live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Arriving to animation from a background in collage, her work explores how animation transforms when it is combined with body, both physically in her performance pieces, as well as a composited video element in her short films. She is interested in the slippery meeting point of cinema and theater/performance, the moments of convergence where fantastical illusions are created, and the moments of divergence where the two struggles against each other.

Her work has been shown internationally at animation/film festivals, theater festivals, performance festivals, as well as art galleries, science museums, tech conferences, universities, and more. Matreyek is a recipient of the Creative Capital grant for Performing Arts in 2013. She is also a recipient of the Princess Grace Award for film (2007) as well as subsequent Special Project awards from the Princess Grace Foundation. In 2016, she was the winner of the The Innovative Art of Sherwood Award, and in October 2016 Miwa will perform This World Made Itself at the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center.

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