Gregory Garay | 6:58 | 2020 | USA
Izzy is a person who struggles with the decision to reconnect with an old friend. As she gives into her jealousy for her friend’s success, she makes a decision that her subconscious does not let her get away with so easily.
Her relationship with this person is splayed in front of her and she realizes that something isn’t adding up. Memories start taking a turn for the worse and she realizes why they aren’t talking to each other.
Only when she confronts her anxieties can she be released from her subconscious.
I’m a storyboard artist, animator & visual artist, based in Los Angeles. I’m a Master’s Degree Candidate at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and an alumnus of New York Institute of Technology.
There are certain social norms that I want to break. I create characters with multinational backgrounds and represent them free of their stereotypes. I create animation that explores social cues that we potentially experience as human beings. Love, Pain, Loss, Triumph, Defeat, Envy, Friendship are universal – independent of creed, identity, or race. Technology in the future as well as today creates higher levels of societal pressure shifting our idea of normalcy. While technology on one hand extends and varies our experiences it also increases and varies the idea of normalcy.
The goal in my work is to find equity and empathy despite the constructs that separate us. My posit is that normalcy is a construct of one’s mind and that subconsciously we don’t seek normalcy, but peace with our form of individuality as it relates to our human instinct to connect and gather.
I enjoy exploring liminal spaces, where someone is at the threshold between two realities. This is where categorization is loose and possibilities are endless and only confined by choice. The unexpected outcome of characters overcoming their challenges drives my a nity for coming of age stories. In these stories, choice is often a highlight and is what I tend to explore in my work. These explorations are by far the most engaging subjects in which I can further my artistic exploration. I believe that coming of age can happen at any stage in life and that to me is an exciting position to which I can subvert and stretch ideas into stories worth sharing.
Through liminal spaces, I want to show the future not as imagined through a completely ungrounded perspective but as it is developing now. Advancements in technology that are happening now (Zero Emission Housing, Water Filtering advancements,Industrial Farming) and how they may turn out in ten or twenty years. Society as it exists now and how they may change in the near future and how people may choose to react based on those advancements or lack thereof. I seek new ways to portray the everyday of the future today.