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Lorelei Pepi

Emily Carr Univ of Art & Design
Artist, Prof of Animation
Vancouver, BC
Lorelei Pepi is an American animation artist whose work explores topics of identity and representation, sexuality and the body. As a 2015 Creative Capital Moving Image grantee, her creative project work is engaging with interactive animation installation, in the project Docile Bodies (est 2017 (link) The project aims to activate a visitor's sympathetic sensibilities for an avatar and compel them into acting on this virtual character's behalf thru the physical use of their body proximity/gesture and focused gaze location. The work explores topics in moral behaviour in virtual spaces, video gaming culture, gender, the gaze, power, and queer narrative.

Her 2014 animated film Happy & Gay is a revisionist history short on the LGBT role in cartoons from the 1930s, and is currently screening competitively at international festivals, with awards including Audience and Jury Awards for Best Short and Animation. She has been the recipient of the MacDowell and Harvard Film Fellowships, LEF Moving Image Fund, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship and numerous others. She attended Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA). She is an Asst. Professor of Animation at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC Canada.

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