Friday, January 28, 2011

Glenda Wharton: "The Zo"

I coordinated an opportunity yesterday for my student members of my NAHS Chapter (National Art Honor Society) where I teach, to visit SECCA, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston Salem, to visit with artist/animator, Glenda Wharton, and view her animation film, "The Zo". Wharton is my mentor artist this semester, and am both excited and honored to be working with such a presitgious artist. Her animation was filled with layerings of slides. Her prior experience as a painter is very evident in her work. The film though dark in nature was captivating and aesthetically rich.

More about Glenda Wharton:
Glenda Wharton: "The Zo"
Winston-Salem artist Glenda Wharton breathes new life into the increasingly rare
practice of hand-drawn animation. She has recently completed her first feature-length
animation, The Zo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was screened
at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. On the heels of this inspiring debut,
SECCA will be the first venue to present this film in Winston-Salem, where it was
This exhibition also sheds light on the pieces and processes of The Zo’s making:
highlighting Wharton’s drawings and pencil tests, the haunting soundtrack of the film,
and a “behind the scenes” video that takes us into the studio of the artist. This show is
on view until March 13, 2011.
Further information is available on

Glenda Wharton: An Essay by Diana Greene and Interview

Glenda Wharton: Film Screenings at MOMA

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