ANIMATION REEL, 2006 - 2019
YING-FANG SHEN ANIMATION WORK
As a Taiwanese-based artist with advanced training in ink painting, my work reflects experiments in illustration, digital filmmaking, and stop-motion animation that are heavily influenced by the handmade aesthetics of traditional East Asian art and Taoist philosophy.
I practice animated film with the sensibility of an illustrator and fine-artist, in that the outcome of my work is always a series of marks of expression developed through a process of seeking originality and playfulness. In many of my animations, I overlay various digital textures and draw elements to create works reflecting shadow puppetry's spirit.
Taoism inspires my storytelling approach, resulting in loose plots and a vague sense of time in my fictional, plot-driven works. This philosophy also encourages me to work intuitively in the production of some projects by letting the process inspire their direction rather than a perfectly pre-determined script and look, with the effect that events in a story become waves carried on the water.