An abstract animation experiment and a body image project close to my heart:
Even though the shapes are the same, how we see those shapes depends on whether we’re looking through a lens of negative thoughts or positive ones. I wanted to express through a variety of morphing shapes that there is beauty to be found, no matter what shape or size you come in.
The audio voice is mine, but the messages are from many — as part of the experiment, I asked classmates and friends to tell me (anonymously, if they preferred) what they like and don’t like about themselves and most especially their bodies. The answers were fascinating, hard, sad, thoughtful, positive, surprising and even funny. The harshest messages broke my heart, and the kindest messages uplifted and encouraged.
It was startling to me how difficult it was to record all those sentiments, whether they were negative or positive. The negatives ones were tough, obviously, because they’re dark, cruel and unfair, and no one should think that way about themselves. But the positive ones were tough to voice as well because I don’t often allow myself to think that energetically and generously about my own self, and I think that’s true for a lot of people. One may try to avoid such talk out of fear of sounding arrogant, but in doing so he or she may end up squashing their own positive voice and ignoring how to recognize and utilize their own good qualities.
I found this entire project to be a very self-conscious one, but I think that made it all the more important for me to express in some way. I hope others who struggle with body image issues and self-esteem find it helpful as well.
(This was created in Fall 2012 for a school project in a college intro to animation course.)