Aristofanis Soulikias, an Individualized Program PhD candidate with strong ties to the Faculty of Fine Arts, has been awarded the 2019 Jorisch Family Artist Residency. Announced in 2016, the fellowship supports a four-week artist residency for outstanding graduate students in the Amalie Redlich Tower of the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria.
The spaces and places Soulikias inhabits play a central role in his film animation practice.
“I’m always triggered by place. I need to have a context in which to work. In this case, we’re talking about a built context. A historic context. I’m imagining how to express ideas just as any artist would, but I am particularly drawn by the essence of place,” says Soulikias.
In his animations, he uses under-camera techniques to shed light on the tactile elements of architecture. His stop-motion technique involves 2-dimensional under-lit silhouettes, capturing each frame digitally. Consequently, his work has a distinct, hand-made aesthetic. Soulikias says his approach communicates aspects that aren’t felt though computer generated animation.