Laura Ann Harrison
Laura Ann Harrison
Competition: US & Canada
When The Lingerie Show garnered first prize at the Oscar accredited Florida Film Festival, as well as a “Best Made in Chicago” award from The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Best Animation at the Madrid International Film Festival and Special Mention from the Los Angeles Film Festival for excellence in animation, the arc of Laura Harrison’s work had already made a major shift. She had spent the past twenty-five years as a painter—showing with Mario Diacono Gallery and Lamontagne Gallery in Boston among others–and only the last six of those years as an experimental animator. Her eclectic, propulsive story telling style–derived in part from her painterly hand and narratives dealing with difficult subjects–was novel in its tactility and forcefulness, offering entirely original content. Granted the Boit Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston where she received an MFA in painting and animation in 2012, she also received a Macdowell Fellowship that same year. Ms. Harrison had completed three short experimental animations by the time she received a New Artist’s Society Scholarship in 2014 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was able to work on a more ambitious piece, Little Red Giant, The Monster That I Was, and complete a second MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation.
Little Red Giant, The Monster That I Was had its premier at Whitechapel Gallery in December 2016 and is slated to screen at Flatpack and Athens Animfest in March and April 2017. Laura Harrison was a recent visiting artist at Cal Arts and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She lives and works in Chicago. Her films focus on marginalized, social outcasts with their own sub cultures. These fringe characters provide a focal point for her concerns with diaspora, trans humanism, gender and the loss of touch in an overwhelmingly visual world. Her films have shown at festivals internationally including The New York Film Festival, Ottowa International Animation Festival, Animafest Zagreb, Los Angeles Film Festival, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Boston International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, GLAS, Melbourne International Animation Festival and many others.
Vimeo: Little Red Giant – The Monster That I Was
Vimeo: The Lingerie Show Trailer