Amy Uyeki is a multi-media artist who has recently delved into animation as an art form. Her black and white animation was featured in a PBS hour documentary, "Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps" in which she served as co-producer. The animation for the film was screened at the Big Island Film Festival in 2013 and won Best Animated Short. She has received several grants and awards for her work including a California Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship, the Victor Jacoby Artists Grant from the Humboldt Area Foundation, and the New Langton Arts Award among others.
"A consistent thread throughout my body of work has been a strong narrative quality, no matter what the medium. I often try to combine media to add layers of meaning or to challenge the viewer's concept of the material. Animation has been a natural outgrowth of earlier explorations. I've been inspired by the charcoal drawing animations of William Kentridge and how he can combine stark content with masterful artwork and how each informs and enhances the other. I've used simple black and white woodcuts as the basis for some of my animations. Working in more traditional art media such as pastels and woodcuts and bringing them into an animated form is the direction I would like my art to evolve."