Stamford artist shares ‘Soul Seasons’ stop motion animation


A scene from “Soul Seasons,” a stop motion animation by Stamford video artist Holly Danger

The light of creativity can flicker in even the darkest of places.

For Holly Danger, it came last year in a hospital waiting room, not far from where a sick family member was being treated.

Armed with her pen and notebook, Danger began scribbling ideas about staying hopeful and positive during trying times.

“(The experience) made me think of the uncontrollable things in our lives like the weather and the seasons,” the Stamford resident said. “What I was experiencing was like a dark storm cloud that would eventually pass and change to sunnier, happier times.”

Those ideas ultimately gave birth to “Soul Seasons,” Danger’s stop motion animation. The project, along with an exhibition of the artist’s work, will be on view during the Stamford Artwalk on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15 at the site of the recently-shuttered Sundance Cafe & Wine Bar on 105 Broad Street.

Originally created for Bridgeport City Canvases, “Soul Seasons” is a bold and colorful cocktail of live video and still photography that speaks to the inexorable nature of time and change.


Video artist Holly Danger, of Stamford, works on “Soul Seasons,” a stop motion animation

“I envisioned that there would be a couple people in my piece who were constantly trying to change the world around them, and every time they did, it would change themselves in the process,” Danger said.

In the video, the silhouettes of a man and a woman (played by Danger’s friends, Veronica Vixen and Aaron Garavoy) interact as an ever-changing cascade of kaleidoscopic images and animations surround and consume them.

Here’s how Danger described the making of the project:

Once I had my video sequence edited, I saved every frame as a still image and printed them out. This amounted to 1000 pieces of paper. I then glued the sequence with spray adhesive into piles of 300 sheets, carefully lining up each edge. From there I set up my camera on a downward facing tripod and proceeded to rip sheets of paper to reveal the image underneath. With each rip I would take a snapshot on my camera which was captured on my computer using Dragonframe software. Think of this like a flipbook. Once I had ripped through the whole pile, if you played back the captured sequence it would animate.

Having come to light in a dark place, Danger hopes the piece can instill “a positive and inspirational reaction from viewers.”

Added Danger: “Soul Seasons is a story of hope, change, longing, synchronicity and falling in love with moments in time.”

Check out “Soul Seasons,” and the making of “Soul Seasons,” below:


Scott Gargan