© Marie Valade, Lolos, 2016
Lolos is a short animation project still in development that combines drawing, rotoscopy, and cut-out animation. A young woman rendered in ink finds herself having to come to terms with the strangeness of her paper breasts. They lead her to increasingly bizarre situations, bringing deep-seated anxieties to the fore: her fear of becoming a woman, apprehension about female rivalry, getting used to male desire, her worries about motherhood and, finally, her fear of contracting cancer and of losing her sense of identity. She therefore explores the sources of her love-hate relationship with her body and her femininity. This metaphorical film, at once humorous and sober, exposes the powerful and at times disproportionate symbolism of the breast.
In 2010, Marie Valade completed a Bachelor’s degree in Film Animation at Concordia University, where she won the Norman McLaren Award, among others, for her exceptional contribution to animation. Since then, she has collaborated with other artists on cultural outreach projects, short films, video clips, and feature-length films usually made with stop motion animation. In her personal practice, she employs traditional animation techniques such as pixilation, animating objects, and 2D animation on paper. She enjoys blurring the lines between narrative story-telling and experimental film-making, and is particularly interested in themes of memory, childhood, identity and perception.