Department of Animation, California Institute of the Arts. USA
Maureen Selwood is a filmmaker artist who works with visual art, digital media, installation, and performance. A pioneer in the field of independent experimental animation, Selwood has both charted new territory for women artists, and reframed conventional notions of women as objects of desire in art history. Her work is rooted aesthetically in film noir, dada and surrealism. After graduating from the Tisch School of the Arts, Selwood found herself at the center of a burgeoning new scene in independent animation. Selwood produced such ground breaking films as: Odalisque,The Rug, This Is Just To Say and Pearls. Critics celebrated Selwood''s ingenuity and artistic elegance. After NY Selwood moved to Los Angeles where she was invited to teach at California Institute of the Arts in the Experimental Animation Program. Shaped by influences she experienced there, she produced: Flying Circus: An Imagined Memoir; Hail Mary; Mistaken Identity; Drawing Lessons; and A Modern Convenience. Selwood is a recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize and while in Rome she created the installations, As The Veil Lifts, Resistance and the book, Green Is for Privacy. As You Desire Me followed with the play, 29 Cross Examinations which uses animation and performance to shed a new perspective on the trial of Joan of Arc. Sounding the Note of A and Soil continue her diverse works utilizing animation with venues outside the traditional norms for animation.
Selwood is the recipient of awards from: John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation; Center for Cultural Innovation (Los Angeles); C.O.L.A. Individual Artists Fellowship (LA); New York State Council on the Arts; The Jerome Foundation; The American Film Institute. She is the first artist to receive the Rome Prize in Visual Arts from the American Academy in Rome in the area of animation. The Academy of Motion Pictures has selected the films of Maureen Selwood for preservation. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.