Hi Friends! I'm a painter turned animator, living and working in the city of my dreams, the Big Apple! I start animating in my last semester at the School of Visual Arts as a way of documenting a flip-book. I completely fell into it unawares and the next thing I knew I had made my first movie, the Roly Poly Pudding.
I'm one of nine kids, (with a twin sister) and grew up in the sticks of Connecticut. I'm now married to a most excellent fashion photographer, Kah Leong poon. We love to bounce ideas off each other and work on each other's stuff. All my best gags came from Kah Leong!
Career highlights include working with:
The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery, Writ and Vision, MIT, The Museum of Art and Design, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, PBS, CBS, The New Museum, Nickelodeon, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Brooklyn Museum, The Utah Biennial, Mormon Artist Group, Brigham Young University, Bonneville Communications, The Madison Square Park Conservancy, Cornell University, and Pfizer.
My animations are in the collection of both the Museum of Modern Art, The BYU MOA, and the LDS church.
Annie Poon is a multimedia artist from New Canaan, Connecticut. She is the middle child of a large Mormon family of eleven and has a twin sister. Annie's biggest artistic influence was her mother Barbara who would take her out of elementary school to explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Annie went on to earn a BFA in drawing and painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has created over 30 short animations in addition to painting, prints, sculpture and music. Poon's work often addresses her childhood passtimes and mental illness- in particular her diagnosis of Schizzoaffective disorder. Most recently, she has completed a series of 50 etchings inspired by favorite verses in the Book of Mormon.
My recent work often skates the boundary between terrifying and fascinating, health and distress. I explore the bipolar extremes of rapture and fear. Working predominantly in black-and-white aids my attempts to depict these polarities. I incorporate fire into many of my pieces as a metaphor for the fear I live with of falling into episodes of illness. It is not a judgement of others but rather a reflection of my reality. My work also picks up on childhood games and passions where I left them before my formal art education began. I construct animated paper narratives and re-visualize those elementary impressions. These scenes differ widely from standard representations of religious iconography. The avatar of the artist in a white nightgown occupies many of these works. She is on a quest through the levels between heaven and hell, innocence and knowing. Her recurrence indicates childlike inquiry and vulnerability.