Take a midnight drive down the animated surreal streets of a haunted highway to discover a southern werewolf: a rougaroux. My hand-drawn animation explores blended experiences and my inner psyche to address the conflicting connotations of one of my favorite past-times: driving alone. The intimate visual retelling weaves Michigan, New Orleans and dreamscape imagery, creating a fantastical environment of swelling kudzu, and roads wavering into crooked rivers. Eerie elements of the night contrast the comfortable cadence of street lights, the smell of summer and the sound of slick roads. Paired with reflective poetry recovered from a dreamy lost radio transmission, The Rougaroux constructs a surreal world of memory where reality is in flux and fused with ancient tales and southern myth to reflect emotional exploration, and the difficulty of personal-growth.
On view at Michigan Theater (Screening)
This work is featured as part of Exchanges: How We Got Here, The 2018 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, Work Commons in the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performance, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.