Animator & Illustrator
Shenuka Corea is an animator, illustrator and comic artist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The aesthetics of her work are inspired by retro anime, nature and classical paintings. Her favorite subjects are time, softness, rest, wonder, discovery, recognition, affection and the ocean.
Shenuka wants to tell stories that interrogate humanity’s relationship to our environment. She believes the flexibility of animation, comics and games makes them the perfect mediums to explore alternate realities and experiences. She likes to create work that balances comfort and familiarity with the alien and unfamiliar. She also loves creating fanworks based on her favorite pieces of media and has been featured in several fan zines.
She holds a BA from New York University Abu Dhabi, where she majored in Art and Art History with minors in Theater, Literature and Interactive Media.
Shenuka enjoys playing D&D and the ukulele as well as attending local comic cons (sometimes even in cosplay).
Pond (2021) is an atmospheric, looping animation created during a rainy spell in Colombo.
Rainy Afternoon (2021) is a short looping animation made as a background for a playlist. The setting is inspired by a love of monsoon weather and interest in natural history.
11:58 (2017) is a 10 page, wordless comic about loneliness and the comfort offered by familiar rituals. It is based on the experience of arriving in an unfamiliar country, in an unfamiliar season (winter) with no anchor to the place. This was a spontaneous project, written, storyboarded and drawn in just two days.
Manthiram (2019) is a forty page graphic novel. It is a series of interconnected vignettes of the historic Mannar pearl fisheries, off the coast of Sri Lanka. It explores humanity’s enchantment with the sea and its treasures and the charms and rituals with which we attempt to commune with it. The project culminated in an exhibition at NYUAD’s Project Space.
Watch the exhibition video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKz-zV_Pbhw&t=49s