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"To Be With You," 2020. Digital 2D animation. 1280 x 720 px. 2 min. 6 sec.
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Emily Eibye Andersen
Honors, Painting + Drawing

Emily Andersen has created a short animated film related to her lived experience in supporting her sister through severe depression and suicidal episodes. She draws on her relationship with her sister and how she struggled to find ways to understand what her sister was going through, as well as finding ways to support her throughout her rough journey with mental health. With this Emily hopes to open up a conversation around and about mental health and supporting others. Emily has chosen to make this work in 2D animation. Animation has a way of bringing stories to life and articulating emotions in a short period of time. Using her knowledge of formal elements from painting and drawing, Emily has worked to create a comprehensive visual narrative to share her experience. By changing mediums from oil painting to digital 2D animation, Emily has been able to open up her drawing style into something more surreal and visually compelling than previously expected.

Emily Andersen, a recent graduate from the University of Washington, moved from San Jose to Seattle with her family when she was seven years old. Throughout her university education in Painting and Drawing, Emily has had the opportunity to share her intersectional identity and background through the lens of visual art. Previously, Emily has focused on topics such as her cultural heritage as a multiracial person, as well as depicting the struggles of overworking oneself. Her current work speaks about her relationship with her sister and mental health. Lately, Emily has switched from oil painting to animation, both 2D and 3D, as she focuses more heavily on creating stories and narratives in motion. After graduating, Emily hopes to continue into the animation industry.