Moving Portrait of an Eclipse

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A still from Bridget Henry’s “Eclipse”

About Bridget Mary Henry

Bridget Henry lives and works in a former army barrack on the agricultural fields of Santa Cruz CA, and is a printmaker, stop motion animator, and educator.   

 

Bridget Henry  has an unwavering dedication to the importance of art as an essential ele­ment to society and has created large-scale woodcut wheat paste public art installations on the themes of homelessness and coastal watersheds. Some of her recent work has involved using woodcuts to create stop motion animation from similar materials.

As a BMC resident she created “Eclipse”, a stop motion animation with woodcut, cut paper and melons. View it here.

Another recent work includes a stop motion video installation created in collaboration with former foster youth for the exhibit “Lost Childhoods” at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA.

 

She described her experience at BMC in emails to friends, which are excerpted below:

“My studio in the boathouse is better than I could have ever imagined.  I sit at my table carving or drawing and look up to see that the water and sky are completely different from the last time I looked, or someone or something goes swimming or rowing by.  Yesterday a thunderstorm rolled by and I sat and stretched on a yoga mat that I have set up by the open door and watched the plopping drops of water pit the lake.”

[A few weeks later]

“Meanwhile in the Adirondacks the nightly temperatures are going down to 33, and for the first time in my life I get to witness the leaves turn.   Things around here feel both ordinary and astounding.  I go about my daily routine  and then suddenly I realize that I am in a house filled with books and art, working in a studio on a gorgeous and mercurial lake, and that I am surrounded brilliant, creative and kind people.”

“I found a place of extreme beauty that puts me in that place of awe.  It is a channel between 2 lakes that I have canoed through a couple of times. It is surrounded on both sides by trees turning colors, lilies in the water, ducks, herons, kingfishers, and loons.  Traveling in a canoe is amazing because you can be extremely quite so the animals mostly are not afraid.  Today I saw a beaver!  It swam by and then saw me and waked it’s tail on the water and submerged.  Then I saw a log that had fallen in the water that had it’s own ecosystem growing on top including a carnivorous plant.  The log was scattered with muscle shells that some animal must have chowed on.”