Babochka is an animated piece created in collaboration with Ryan Cockerham and Dr Er-Gene Kanhg, to be part of the 2014 Schnittke’s retrospective and the great hall concert Call and Response at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art.
This animation is based on Alfred Schnittke’s film score to Butterfly. Through this piece I explore a multi-layered meaning of the yellow butterfly symbol. Regarding the character of the concert and being call and response one of the musical traditions of the African diaspora, I incorporate Oshun, the Yorubá Orisha of the fresh waters, represented by a golden butterfly. She carries the renovating energy of the sun, a force that cannot be restrained.
Does the cage represent a trap? Or is it just a place to play around? Here, the relationship between the cage and sunbathed insects depicts a false sense of entrapment.
Last but not less, this piece is a playful homage to one of the greatest Latin American authors, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who recently passed away. This is my approach to the magic realism that created the yellow-winged inhabitants of the realm of One Hundred Years of Solitude.