Martha Colburn imagines Diana Wagman
“The bare expanse of her chest…”
The woman’s cut out breast, a disintegration of the accepted female archetype dismantling the gender stereotype. The animals comes out of the breast hole, symbolizing woman as a creative, primal force of nature. Superimposing the Christface over the woman’s face symbolizes the systematic male subjugation of the feminine, ritualized misogyny. The image of Cleopatra’s head over the woman in the bedroom can represent the conflict of “woman-as-a-sex object” and “woman-as-a-god-queen.” The woman in lotus pose contemplates on what comes next, liberation from gender oppression. The final shot of the man lobbing a hand grenade represents the man’s aggressive reactions.
Painstaking stop motion frame by frame process: climb the ladder, snap a frame, climb down the ladder, move the top cut out figure slightly, climb the ladder, snap a frame, climb down the ladder… Reminiscent of the punk cinema movement, fast zooms, fast movement, overload of information flashing by, influence to early music videos and the MTV generation. Feminist movement, two sides (faces) of the woman (positive and negative imagery).
Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations between writers published in Electric Literature and contemporary visual artists. The writer selects a single sentence from his or her work and the animator creates a short film in response.