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Lynn Tomlinson

Born Augusta, GA 1967

Madalines’ Stilts

Mixed media digital video
Runtime 5:28
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This is a fairy tale: an overly optimistic fantasy about human adaptation in the face of sea-level rise. It was created for an exhibition in the summer of 2013 at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, CA.

Madalines' Stilts was created by a three-generation collaboration of grandmother-mother-daughter artists. They all share the name "Madaline."


Lynn Tomlinson is an animator, filmmaker, and interdisciplinary artist whose current creative work explores environmental themes, imagining how non-humans might view humanity’s social and environmental impact, using clay on glass and other tactile animation methods. A recipient of Independent Artist Fellowships in Media Arts from the states of Maryland, Florida, and Pennsylvania, her award-winning films have screened internationally in festivals including Annecy International Animation Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Cinekid, and TIFF Kids. Her work is in MoMA’s collection, and recent gallery exhibitions include a one-person show at the University of Delaware, and group shows at the Park School of Baltimore, Delaware Contemporary, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Gallery. Her curatorial projects include Sister Cities Animated(2019) and Cross-Pollinated: Hybrid Art Abuzz (2015). She is currently an assistant professor at Towson University in the department of Electronic Media and Film.