Maureen Selwood, born Dublin, Ireland, utilizes hand-drawn animation and live-action footage for films, installations, and performances. The role played by external devices in our lives and their totemic value often triggers Selwood’s process. Se-Ma-For 2012 screened a selection of her films from 1998 to the present. At the performing arts center in Los Angeles REDCAT (2012) she presented for her solo show a selection of more recent pieces including the premiere of A Modern Convenience (2012), in which the machine becomes a substitute for intimacy against the backdrop of Niagara Falls. As You Desire Me (2009), the single-channel version of an installation inspired by her residence at the American Academy in Rome at the beginning of the Iraq War, confronts sorrow and catastrophe. How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed On The Pilgrims (2012), a hallucinogenic trip of the pilgrims’ trip across the Atlantic, is a mash up of animation techniques. In Hail Mary (1998) a centuries old prayer morphs into a humorous black and white memoir. The expressively rendered Drawing Lessons (2006) sublimates a meditation on drawing and nature. I Started Early (2007), based on a poem by Emily Dickinson, explores sexual awakening. In Mistaken Identity (2001), Selwood creates an alluring deconstruction of the 1955 noir classic Kiss Me Deadly.
Flying Circus: An Imagined Memoir (1995), Pearls (1988), This Is Just To Say (1987), The Rug (1985) and Odalisque (1980) have won many international prizes and have been screened at Annecy International Animation Festival, New York Film Festival, Ottawa Animation Festival, Stuttgart FF, Anima Mundi, Hong Kong FF, USA FF, Ann Arbor, Black Maria, Northwest Film Center, Venice Biennale, ANIMAC (Spain) and many others in the US and abroad and on television. Her drawings have been exhibited at The Drawing Center (NYC), Track 16 Gallery (Los Angeles), Arteko (Spain) and others.
Selwood has participated in international workshops working with artists and students and curating films, PACT Essen, Germany; Arteleku, Spain; Cilect, Mexico City: Korean National University of Arts, Korea; Jakarta Institute for the Arts, Indonesia; Matita Animation Festival, Italy and others.
Selwood has been a recipient of grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation (Los Angeles), C.O.L.A Individual Artists Fellowship (LA), the John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, The American Film Institute and a visiting artist residency at the MacDowell Colony and ARTELUKU (Spain). She was the first animation artist to be awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She makes
her home in Los Angeles,