I am a ceramicist, photographer and animator. Since I am originally in ceramics I am able to make my own characters according to my very specific ideas instead of having to rely on pre-fabricated figures.
I am interested in researching to what extend it is possible substituting a living person or a group thereof with not just an image of actual people, but further of a distorted, abstracted figure as a substitute for them and their lifestyle in order to evoke different emotions in my audience.
We like looking at photographs of Rock Stars, Beat Poets or Celebreties set in their 'natural habit'. These people are 'Icons' of society. We usually have never met any of the persons depicted, sometimes they are long dead when we cherish them and we actually know very little about their character and have no proof if we would get along meeting them personally.
Why are we interested in these images, and buy them as posters to hang up, or also in photobooks or magazines to look at them?
Recently I am also working in similar style on moving images creating STOP-MOTION ANIMATION with character's from clay, typically instead of working with figures with movable limbs I create single figures for each stage of the motion.
I have an extensive homepage off which I also write an ongoing production diary in BLOG form. Please refer for plenty more information and many, MANY more images/films to my homepage: http://www.josianekeller.com
Thank you for your interest!