Work In Progress – Sneak Peek of what happened during my leave

I’ve just returned from a long research leave during which I worked on an exhibition. I dont like showing my work before the opening night, but here is a sneak peek.

My exhibition is in three parts. First, I wrote some very short stories. Then I created the characters in these stories as puppets. Now I am creating small drawn animations of each of these characters. I am going to show you a bit of two of the characters. There are five of them at the moment.

Here is Benjamin.

His story starts like this:

Benjamin walks home from school. His house is not very far, only a couple of blocks. He takes the same route he always does, crossing as few streets as possible. He walks balancing on the curb. His teacher told him how some other little boy, walking along the curb had fallen off and been crushed by a passing car. This worries him, but there are no cars. At the end of the block he jumps off the curb and carefully crosses the road…

And so on.  First draft, you understand, still to be re-written.

And this guy sort of appeared without a story. I mean – I know what his story is but still have to write it down. He also has no name. Any suggestions?

The animations still have a long way to go but here is a screen shot. Looks a lot like the previous screen shot, but actually, a lot has happened in the interim. Like – things have started moving.

I have changed my mind about the gallery I’m exhibiting in so at the moment I don’t know when the opening will be. But there is a good chance that the digital component (the animations) will be hosted on

So I will have a physical exhibition in a gallery, and a virtual exhibition on-line.

And that’s all for now…

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marc
    Jul 15, 2008 @ 15:29:13

    It looks beautiful… can’t wait to see it all!

  2. Jesse
    Jul 22, 2008 @ 17:07:02

    They look wonderful!

  3. heather moore
    Aug 07, 2008 @ 15:28:21

    Masha, your puppets are looking amazing! wow!

  4. k-m
    Sep 15, 2008 @ 00:33:44

    To be honest, I’d read these stories. I want something new, this sounds good enough already! How have you named the character in green?
    May i get the stories somewhere?

    Your name.. Masha? Are you Russian by any chance?

  5. melissa
    Oct 31, 2008 @ 14:09:18

    I realy like the animated look..

    It’s fresh!

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