DeLane’s Spilt Milk is a stop motion animated film delving into concepts ranging from childhood abandonment to the liquid nature of futures not yet beheld. Fabricating the family unit, DeLane’s handmade dolls, complimentary textures and puppetry visually communicate the emotional side effects of grief, care and longing. Though anchored by change, the clock spins, shifting focus from what is lost with time, to what is gained through growth and experience. The viewer may ask: what is the function of a dream? A nightmare?
Spilt Milk is an abstract stop-motion animation taking audiences through the eyes of Carmen, a milk-loving child with an invisible friend named The Clear One (TCO). TCO, an entity left behind by his own family, fosters a bond with Carmen founded on play and mutual “seeing”. However, their friendship is soon interrupted by Carmen’s impending adolescence and inability to see or recognize her friend. Carmen’s inability to see TCO results in nightmarish visions and physical pain. While experiencing grief over the changing dynamic,TCO anonymously heals Carmen’s illness.
A visual metaphor for the bone-fortifying power of milk, Spilt Milk’s skewed imagery asks the viewer to look inside out for answers to life’s lingering questions.
Nadia DeLane is a visual storyteller and communications professional with over ten years experience working in fine art, installation, film, print, and web. DeLane has produced visual art, original content, and marketing materials for institutions including Parsons, Pennsylvania State University, the School of Visual Arts, Stone Lantern Films and Turnstone Productions. DeLane holds an MA in Literature from Penn State and an MFA in Visual Narrative from the School of Visual Arts. She is a Digital Media Mentor for the NYC based organization Girls Write Now and was selected for Arte Studio Ginestrelle's writing residency at the world UNESCO site in Assisi, Italy. DeLane's illustrated zine, Coif City is currently sold at Bluestockings in NYC, In Other Words in Portland, and Gosh! Comics in London. DeLane's community project, Healing heArts, matches donated art works to worthy recipients in hospitals and wellness centers throughout the tri-state area. Her work has been featured in print and online publications including AI-AP's Design Arts Daily (DART).