Discipline: Film/Video – animation

Steven Subotnick

Discipline: Film/Video – animation
MacDowell Fellowships: 2006

I am an independent, experimental animator and artist. My animations are invented and intimate worlds inspired by ideas I glean from readings in topics such as history, folk tales, biology, and religion. I use intuition, associative thinking, metaphor, and the poetry of color, mark-making, and texture as my primary animation tools. I treat animation as a way of thinking intuitively about a subject (an image, an historical event, a metaphor). While working on a film, I research my topic thoroughly and explore it from many angles. For me, animation is a form of active and reflective engagement that transforms thought and emotion into concrete objects. I have worked as an animator, director, illustrator, author, and have taught animation at numerous institutions. I am currently teaching animation at Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Brown University.



Steven Subotnick worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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