Annie Poon's blog about her artwork
Wow, I just found out that my film 'This is How I Spend My Time' has been accepted to the Paris Shorts Film Festival! It's first trip abroad. I am practicing my French every day in case there's a possibility that I can go! Anyone use the Duolingo app? It's not the most practical, I have been using it for two years and still wouldn't understand someone trying to give me directions on the street... What languages are you learning and how?
Hi Everyone! I just wanted to announce that my most recent short, 'This Is How I Spend My Time' has been awarded first place in the animation section of the festival! This is an autobiographical piece on how a night may pass for a Schizophrenic woman when symptoms are unmanaged. Instead of defining myself by my illness, I am holding it at arms length, so that I can simply observe in a playful way. In this way, I can capitalize my weakness and can even benefit from it as I share it with others.
Right now you can view my largest work to date in the exhibit 'The Interpretation Thereof' at the BYU Museum of Art. The exhibit focuses on the intersection of contemporary LDS art and scripture. The opening is on Sept 22nd and I would love to see you there!
This is to announce that The Split House earned the 2017 Association for Mormon Letters Film of the Year Award! Thank you to my friend Derrick Clemments for the wonderful writeup in the Daily Herald! Here is the excerpt:
"Despite the multiple meanings of its title, The Split House showcases artist Annie Poon’s impressive ability to combine and merge multiple profound concerns, including mental illness, Mormon missionary life, emotional distress and spiritual healing. The title contains multiple autobiographical meanings: The story begins in Split, Croatia, where Poon was a Mormon missionary, and it also deals with the split nature of a mind affected by schizoaffective disorder. But Poon’s authenticity in expressing several painful aspects of life make the work a significant achievement in Mormon film. Throughout the film (as well as her other visual art), Poon’s vibrant faith comes across as both entirely Mormon and entirely her own. The Split House portrays Mormon theology and scripture without amendment while preserving a potent sense of spiritual adventurousness. The aesthetic high points of the film include a rich soundscape of original music and sound effects and imaginative visuals throughout. Though short in length, the film stays with you, and it rewards multiple viewings to notice new moments of beauty and pleasure."
This is to announce a group exhibition at the Lower East Side Printshop, 'Allow Me To Interject' currently on display until May 7. The exhibit, curated by David Rios Ferreira, features a new etching from my series 'Lonesome People', new imagery from the Book of Mormon. The work is described by the curator as 'mysterious and darkly compelling'. I hope you can visit!
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Kimball's talk 'The Vision of the Arts', I am pleased to announce the Mormon Arts Center Festival that will take place here in NYC June 28 to July 1st at Riverside Church. Events of the Festival will include a Keynote Address, Gallery Exhibition, Concert, Symposium, Choral sing-in, and numerous presentations and other events.
I will be exhibiting my movie 'The Split House' in the festival, this is the first time it will be seen in New York in a gallery setting.
For more info about the festival, please their website.
This is to announce my upcoming solo exhibition at Writ and Vision Gallery in Provo, UT. I am so excited! If you are in Utah I would love to see you at the opening! It is on June 3rd around 7pm. I will be exhibiting video, sculpture, and paintings. The highlight of the show is my video, The Split House, which was completed over a ten year period. Below is a still from that video. The exhibition is curated by Glen Nelson of Mormon Artists Group.
Come on out to play!
Hello friends and families in the New York area!
This Saturday is the Kidsfilmfest in Dumbo where all children 12 and under get in free! It is also the premiere of my new short film, Daisy Daddy. All children in attendance will receive a free 'Oh Puppy!' book as a party favor. The fest was mentioned on New York One: Check out Shelly Goldberg reviewing the upcoming lineup below!
Festival details can be found at: http://www.kidsfilmfest.org/news
It has been YEARS of work but now I have finally collected all of my cartoons about my mini-me 'Puppy' into a 120 page full color book that you and your family will enjoy!
Click HERE to watch the video. It is really cute if I must say so.
You will see there on the lower right if you scroll down that there are several perk levels for donations, and also they are all tax-deductible. The book costs $25. It would mean so much to me if you could pledge to get a book or more! Perks for donating include such items as original artwork, sticker sheets, a hand sewn designer Puppy fanny pack (I could so see you in that) and even workshops are offered for the few who dare!
A still from my short entitled 'Forgiveness'. This film is about how we can cleanse our spirits by letting go of a grudge.