Xiaojia Ouyang

We have been forced to separate and quarantine during lockdown. Therefore, each of us has become hidden, invisible, and isolated, just like one raft after another on the ocean. But just like Thor Heyerdahl' s idea: the ocean is not a barrier, but connector. We will eventually get through this period and be reunited again.

Hello there consists of a sequence of images. On one hand, it discusses issues on distance and different states of people during the lockdown. On the other hand, it explores a sense of balance between animation and sculptural work.

Hello There
Xiaojia Ouyang

2021

We Are Different, Aren't We?

2021

 

stop motion animation

The Covid-19 has provided us with a whole new vision, which magnifies the contradictions, differences and dark sides. We are different, arent’ we? discusses and reveals the great differences between the East and the West exposed during this special time, from the government’s response measures to citizens’ attitudes and responses, etc. However, that is not the most important thing this film wants to tell people. This film aims to allow the audience to think backward about what is “the same” during the epidemic after seeing so many differences.

About

Xiaojia Ouyang was born in China, 1994. She received her bachelor’s degree from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art. During Xiaojia Ouyang’s schooling in GAFA, she primarily focused on sculpture. Her sculpture skills are proven with the way her plasticine figures are modeled in her stop motion animation. Xiaojia Ouyang received her Master's degree from Glasgow School of Art in 2021.

Currently, I primarily use stop motion, a slow animation method where a series of stills gives the illusion of movement to create animated worlds, capturing the deepest darkness to reveal the dark side and the absurdity of society. I create characters in plasticine which always are politically and socially activated within claymation short films. Black humour is the key to my work because I rarely turn what I see and hear directly into animation. Instead, I make it with the power of mixed reality and imagination.

In addition, I am trying at multiple possibilities of visual works related to stop motion animation.

We are different, aren‘t we?

We Are Different, Aren't We?

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