Jodie Mack is an experimental animator whose work explores the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling. In her work, she combines the formal techniques and structures of abstract and absolute animation. In 2007, she received her Masters in Fine Arts at The School of Art Institute of Chicago in film, video and new media. Jodie’s works has been screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival and much more. In 2004, she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces to Watch.” She currently teaches at Dartmouth College as an Associate Professor of Animation.
Jodie’s work is influenced by how people perceive art from outside the art circles, how we experience art in everyday life, and how items found in museums and in regular dollar stores are similar. Overall, her work ranges in color from vibrant and bold to tame and pastel.
This video stood out to me, but not in the best way. I didn’t like the sound/voices in the background. I thought it was annoying and distracting. However, when I silenced it, I didn’t mind it as much. I liked how the speed of the different fabrics increased but it got overwhelming towards the end. Instead of seeing the fabrics for what they were, it went too fast.
I noticed that when I mute her videos, I tend to like them more. It looked like she used magazine cut outs and shaped them into what she wanted and made them animated. I thought that was really interesting and innovative. Another thing I liked was the different colors that were used throughout the video. I really liked how the video depicted life and the little things like taking your child to dance practice and mowing the grass and planting seeds.
This was hands down my favorite video of hers because 1) I love this song 2) I like that it is a karaoke video. She really makes this video fun to watch and listen to. The colors aren’t overwhelming like some of her other videos and I really liked the dancer(s) in the video as well.