January 16 – April 4, 2021
In OBSCURER, a reclusive children’s author and her ﬁgmental companions inhabit a fragile microcosm where reality, illusion, and madness intermingle. Artist Kiera Faber seamlessly interweaves stop motion animation with live motion to create an abstract narrative where themes of isolation, mental illness, creativity, doubt, and loss are enacted through characters that evade trust. OBSCURER questions agency, power, and vulnerability within a framework of dysfunction and ambiguity.
Kiera Faber (Luxembourger/American, born 1974) is an artist working with materiality and texture though the mediums of animated experimental ﬁlm, photography, and drawing. Her auteur, award winning ﬁlms are entirely crafted by hand; creating visually complex and richly evocative surreal worlds where themes of loss and trauma are explored through enigmatic abstract narratives. Each ﬁlm involves extensive drawing, sculpture, and painting for sets, puppet stop motion animations, and other forms of frame-by-frame animation. Faber’s work is internationally screened and exhibited at ﬁlm festivals, galleries, and museums, most notably the Museum of Contemporary Photography, DeVos Art Museum, George Eastman Museum, and the Walker Art Center. She received her MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop after completing a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. In 2018, Faber received a McKnight Fellowship in Media Arts. She has received numerous regional grants and two ﬁlm production grants from the Jerome Foundation (2013, 2019). Faber currently is in production on her next animated ﬁlm, THE GARDEN SEES FIRE, supported in part by the Jerome Foundation. Faber is a Luxembourg-American, currently residing in Minnesota.
You can learn more about Faber and her work at kierafaber.com.
Images: Kiera Faber, still images from OBSCURER, 2018, 4K, stereo sound, 19 minutes