“Up To Now” is a six-minute movie created by artists Carol Es, Jonathan Nesmith, and Susan Holloway as part of the Exodus Project.
The movie is the narrated story of Carol Es’ “exodus” into the terrain near the Joshua Tree National Monument. The story is both literal and semi-abstract and features animated characters against the Joshua Tree landscape in the high desert of Southern, California.
The main animated creature is named, “Moppet,” a long time autobiographical ragdoll kind of character that Carol Es has used to represent herself in much of her paintings. Another character is a giraffe-like thing named “Yuddy,” who has a yud (Hebrew letter) as its head and is meant to represent the artist’s spiritual quest.
Moppet learns to live with her emotional baggage (or “junk”) by way of studying the Kabbalah. And in the case of this particular story, Moppet, as Carol, finds her childlike desire for adventure, truth and understanding.