Todd Fuller is exploring the story of Harry and his lookout through animation as part of his residency at The Glasshouse.
Todd is taking part in the Artist in Residency program and will exhibit the work he creates in Port Macquarie in February 2019.
“I am a Sydney based artist and curator who grew up in Newcastle so I used to come to Port Macquarie quite a bit,” Todd said.
“My art is focused on drawing and making that into animation of usually between one to six minutes in length.
“My work is usually based on a place that I visit or make a connection with. For my residency I wanted to do something that was iconic to Port Macquarie.
“Before I came up here I had researched the area heavily to see if I could tell a local story.”
Todd has worked all over the world taking part in a residency in Grafton and in Rome when the last Pope changed.
He said he connects to his art because he is passionate about story telling.
“Story telling I think is underrated in art and particularly contemporary,” he said.
“In the past I have used what was happening around me to comment on a theme or idea.
“I was in Rome when the last Pope was chosen and so I created an entire piece based around exploring the burden of leadership.
“In my research for this residency I came across a man called Harry and the more I learned about his story and his connection with Shelly Beach the more I wanted to see if I could tell his story through my art.”
He said his art practice was about drawing a sketch and then creating animation from a single page and at his exhibition in February people will be able to see both the animation and the sketches.
“I use the same page and draw, erase and re-draw to create the animation and it can take between two and 8,000 images to make a sequence.
“The process is very labour intensive and they way I do it isn’t very common but it is satisfying when it all comes together.
“The process itself becomes a ritual but I find I tap into memories and especially coming back to Port Macquarie after a long time, doing my art the way I do I am remembering different things that happened all those years ago.
“As a working curator as well I am already designing my exhibition which will be in February at The Glasshouse.
“People will be able to see the papers I used to make the animation as well as the video itself.
“I enjoy that so the people who come will be able to make connections between what they are seeing and how I made it.”
Todd Fuller is being hosted by The Glasshouse as part of the Artist in Residency program from October 15-26 and will be exhibiting from February 16 – April 22.
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