Meet the Artist
“Masks of Folly: Portrait of the Idiot is an MFA thesis exhibit by Grace An that creates a portrait of the Idiot or, fool. The Idiot is an exception, one who interrupts and blurs boundaries in the refusal of rationality. Using folly and profanation to ask questions. The mask as a concealment of intellect, ironically unmasks. Drawing from the concepts of Mikhail Bakhtin, this exhibit functions in polyphonic utterances by way of the multitude. Multi-voicedness and the cyclical nature of the carnivalized folk, removes the concept of the individual. The site of the Idiot, the carnival, is a space where power structures are temporarily suspended. Offering the character of the Idiot as an unfinalizable being.”
Grace An is a character-maker working in film and animation based in what is known as Toronto. Her shorts have been screened at Annecy Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Festival du nouveau cinéma, and Fantasia International Film Festival. Her two latest films were produced by The National Film Board of Canada. She holds a BFA in Film Animation at Concordia University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Masters of Art, Media and Design at OCAD University.
Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes and MFA)
Major Completed, 2022
Major Completed, 2016
2D animation Filmmaking