Steven Vander Meer

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Steven Vander Meer

Biography

Steven Vander Meer (born 1963) is an animator, graphic artist and rubber stamp designer. He grew up in LeMars, Iowa before attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, earning a BFA in 1985. Steven is an internationally known animator whose recent short film Salmon Deadly Sins was screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and has won several "best animation" awards at prestigious festivals, as well as Best of the Fest at the Humboldt Film Festival. He is a 2014 recipient of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award. His films span almost three decades and have screened at numerous top-tier film festivals including Sundance, Annecy International Animation Festival, Melbourne International Animation Festival and Palm Springs International Shortfest.

Statement

"My films are all hand drawn on 3x5 inch index cards, what you would call "flip book style" animation. My timing and movement is quite precise, but the limitations of the medium - mainly rough registration and small size - cause the images to vibrate in a way that seems almost out of control. I like to explore, with pencil and paper, the dichotomy between complete order and utter chaos."