Amy Lee Ketchum

Amy Lee Ketchum
Fine Arts

BA Art Practice, BA Architecture, UC Berkeley

MFA Animation, University of Southern California

Amy Lee Ketchum fuses sculpture, dance, and mythology in her films which grasp at comprehending the unknowable aspects of life and death. Her work which is informed by both the spectacle of Busby Berkeley as well as the quiet cinematic poetry of Andrei Tarkovsky, seeks to provoke a non-verbal and intuitive response from the viewer. Her films have screened internationally and won awards at festivals such as Animasivo, the Los Angeles Animation Festival, and ASIFA-East. Recently she wrote and directed an animated documentary for PBS station KCET's series Lost LA.  In addition to filmmaking, she is engaged in critical writing about visual culture on topics such as the Situationists, the Internet, and avant-garde animation.  Her essay Playing in the Web: New Babylon and the Internet, will be published with a collection of other writers by Routledge this year.  She is currently working on an experimental animation called Carousel.


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