Film series unearths Ochre Stories
The natural clay pigment ochre is intrinsic to the Aboriginal artworks out of the small community of Warmun.
In the framing and packing shed of Warmun Arts, Dolorosa Carrington sits hunched on the floor with an iPad and a smattering of ochre pieces, dirt, leaves, paper and other materials.
Starting with a pile of dirt, she pushes it out towards the sides, taking a still image every few movements for a stop-motion animated film.
Then she adds a few bits of white ochre into the shot as if it is being uncovered from the ground.
The sequence is for a short movie about digging for ochre, which will be part of a series of films merged with Gija storytelling exploring “Ochre Stories”.
“Now that I’ve done my first animation, I just feel so good and proud,” Carrington said.
“I just loved the way you move or add things then ‘click, click’ and seeing it from start to finish, it’s like ‘wow’, like a little movie.”
The project is a collaboration between the art centre with WA Museum and the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology.
Swinburne communication design senior lecturer and external engagement academic director Samantha EdwardsVandenhoek said her recent first visit to the community for the project was about working with senior artists to determine what stories about ochre they wanted to share and how they would be interpreted and animated.
“Stop-motion is a tactile and hands-on digital storytelling technique that does not require computer expertise to produce authentic and emotive animated stories,” she said.
Dr Edwards-Vandenhoek also worked on this visit with media workers and high school students to trial and develop a series of experimental short motion animations using ochre as the medium and storytelling vehicle.
Warmun Arts media worker Dolorosa Carrington, who is supported by PAKAM, makes a stop-motion animation.