MIX AND BLEND
My animation consists of a narrative which deals with modern day issues concerning the socio-economic state of urban black communities in America. The theme ventures into the idea of cultural appropriation vs cultural appreciation, and represents how Hip Hop, a fast-growing art movement originally dominated by black culture, has now been gentrified.
I have found influences throughout this process to support my work, ranging from the films of Robert Zemeckis (including Back to The Future), to more abstract urban music videos from artists including Joey Bada$$ and J Cole.
My aim is to create a world which pays homage to traditional cartoon aesthetics such as The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse etc. whilst combining realism and the impossible in an entertaining form of escapism.