Avy is the original creative force behind Sign Of The Sharkboy, incorporating moving images, stories, artwork and music. Her band Sharkboy began life in 1991 after recruiting 5 Brighton boys to turn her work into a dramatic live show with brass, percussion and guitars. Sharkboy gained press attention and found themselves touring Europe and the U.S. They recorded 2 critically acclaimed albums and Avy has continued to produce, write and perform both as a collaborator and as a solo artist.
Encompassing animated work, photography and illustration, Avy references her journey into the audio-visual environment, turning daily life into character and set designs – inspired by animals, nature and the sea. Her animated work features shape-shifting fables and historical elements. She finds inspiration in artists Jan Svankmajer and Ladislas Starewicz and writers such as Lewis Carroll. She is currently working on a stop-motion experimental film ‘A New Life Tomorrow’ based on the wartime London of her stepfather remembered as a boy before he went to war.
Sign Of The Sharkboy is also partnered by Brighton band The Rock And Roll Wall Of Death. A long-held collaborative partnership, the work of both bands forms the basis of storytelling, fabulism and animated art.
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