Avy is the original creative force behind Sign Of The Sharkboy, incorporating award winning moving images, animated stories, artwork and music.
Her band Sharkboy began life in 1991 after she recruited 5 Brighton boys to turn her work into a dramatic live show with brass, percussion and guitars. Sharkboy gained press attention and toured Europe and the U.S. They recorded 2 critically acclaimed albums for Sony and Avy has continued to produce, write and perform both as a collaborator and solo artist.
In recent years she has gained awards for her art and film work, encompassing stop motion, animated stories, photography and illustration. Referencing her journey into the audio-visual environment, the inner dialogue, history and daily life turn into characters and sets. She is inspired by animals, nature and the sea.
Her animated work features shape-shifting fables and historical elements founded in real lives lived beyond fiction. Finding inspiration in surrealist animators such Jan Svankmajer and the realism of stop motion director Ladislas Starewicz. She counts Lewis Carrol, Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst and the theatre work of Forkbeard Fantasy as important influences. She has recently completed the stop motion experimental film ‘A New Life Tomorrow’ based on the wartime London of her stepfather, as he remembered life as a boy before he went to war.
The illustrated version of the film ‘It’s A New Life Tomorrow’ won the Floating Circle Student Prize 2020 following selection for the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition 2020-2021.
The film also won Cornwall Film Festival ‘Best Student Treatment’ 2020.
Sign Of The Sharkboy works on partnership, with live performances embracing projection and music concepts forming the basis of storytelling, edgy fabulism and animated art.
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