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Paper: The Art and Animation of Jen Stark

Papermation, Jen Stark, 2005, 38 sec, with music by Eddie Alonso.

Papermation (2005) is an impressive stop-motion animation by Jen Stark, a Miami-based artist and animator, whose work channels phantasmagoric tropes of the extrasensory, with motifs of psychedelia, the rainbow spectrum, geometric forms, and other extrasensory phantasms that defy classification.

Jen made Papermation entirely from paper, hence the title Papermation. Jen is prolific with paper, using it in her animations, sculptures, and of course, her drawings. Her work has colorful zest, and her work explores the extrasensory in a playful manner. These days, most kaleidoscopic animations are rendered synthetically; however, the tactility of Stark’s approach carries organic warmth; the warmth endures its digital conversion. Charming.

Other Animations by Jen Stark

Tunnel Vision Inside View, Jen Stark, 45 sec

Artist’s Synopsis: This is a view of the inside of a sculpture I created called “Tunnel Vision” that hangs on the wall and has a peephole you can look into. It was made using kaleidoscope mirrors, with a drawing on a motor and a light.

Streaming Gradient, 2008, 38 sec

Artist’s Statement: This is a stop motion animation I created in 2008 using only paper. Music by Eddie Alonso.

Jen Stark | Sculpture

Double Take

24″ x 24″ x 24 / hand-cut wood, acrylic paint / 2009

Coriolis Effect

12″ x 12″ / hand-cut paper / 2007


20″ x 20″ / hand-cut paper / 2009


12″ x 12″ / hand-cut paper / 2007

Over and Out

19″ x 19″ x 5″ / hand-cut paper / 2008

Drawings by Jen Stark

Explosive Expansion

26″ x 40″ / felt-tip pen on paper / 2009

Space and Time

22.5″ x 30″ / felt-tip pen and pencil on paper / 2008

What Does Organic Matter

22.5″ x 30″ / felt-tip pen and pencil on paper / 2008

Jen received her BFA in Fibers / Animation from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, Maryland, Magna Cum Laude.


Jen Stark Portfolio

Jen Stark on Vimeo


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