Linocut Animation

The Giver

Projection Designer (video creation, linocut animation and analog animation) for the play adaptation of The Giver (2022).

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry. 

Directed by Lisa Kerekes for the Omaha Community Playhouse.

From left to right: concept art, lino carving, printing, and cloud creation.

Emu - Lodgings

Music Video, 2020.

Mixed media. Linocuts carved, printed and animated by Amélie Raoul.

Interview from Homeroom:

How did the collaboration with Lodgings come to fruition?
AR:I'm friends with Lodgings' frontman, Bryce Hotz and we’ve collaborated on a previous music video. It’s always a pleasure working with Bryce; I wanted to explore the relationship between filmmaking and printmaking, and he was kind enough to let me explore these ideas!

For a person who normally navigates the world of videography and photography what made you take on the task of creating a visual narrative from linocut? When did you start creating in that media?
AR: I started experimenting with linocutting in 2017 and got more serious in 2019. I think there’s a strong similarity between composing a shot and drawing a linocut. You need to think of the balance, the light hitting the subjects, the negative space... With time, I started wondering what combining the two art forms would look like.

Who are a few of your notable influences in your life as an artist-any artists or any person/peoples?
AR: Lately, Félix Vallotton and Käthe Kollwitz. Also, and always, Agnès Varda.

Many artists have a dream of making it to Paris to create. Often these individuals visualize using the city and the country of France as a vehicle for their work. What kind of creative juices have you found in Omaha, Nebraska? Is there any comparisons between the ambitious goals of being somewhere foreign in order to spark creativity and work flow? Any words of perspective to those dreaming of Paris on fall day to stimulate the hand of creativity?
AR: I’ve been more creative in Omaha than I ever was in Paris. The low cost of living has given me more time and energy to focus on art. I also think living in a foreign country, any country, can be isolating; which, on the positive side, forces you to spend more time with yourself, your feelings and what you’d like to express.

Do you have any advice you would offer a young creative women looking to find themselves materializing art in any fashion?
AR: I’d paraphrase Werner Herzog and say not to wait for opportunities to present themselves; create your own. You don’t need other people’s interest or approval to create. Do it for yourself first and it becomes a habit, an instinct, an important part of your life that makes living all the richer and ensures your expression is sincere.

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