Intro to Her Divine Torso

My latest tribute to Bianca Barnett, Her Divine Torso was inspired by some short online films (The Broken Doll Meets Sad Sue and The Tooth Ache) Bianca appeared in, which are featured on the Silent Ghost Cinema website. The piece distorts a representation of Bianca's divine torso in both a dramatic and abstract fashion. Her torso transmutes into a weird mustachioed eyeless villain, takes on a mystical/spectral quality, shifts into pure abstraction. The piece is a loop, meaning it plays over and over. It is a deeply textured web animation, composed of 367 frames. A high-speed Internet connection is absolutely required and I recommend using FireFox as your browser. Even with a high-speed connection, due to its density, the animation may initially run at a jagged rate, lasting 3 times as long as its intended duration of 1 minute and 49 seconds. What I have learned from posting other computer memory intensive animations is that they often need to play through once before running at their proper rate. I realize this is awkward, but I believe there is a positive side effect. For me as an artist working in a new medium, transparency and process are very much related. Showcasing the process is part of the art. That initial slower run-through of the animation brings the process of its creation into relief.

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