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Lynn Tomlinson

Born Augusta, GA 1967

The Ballad of Holland Island House

Clay on glass animation
Runtime 4:20
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The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator, Lynn Tomlinson, tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house's point of view, his film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise. 
Awards include: FIRST PLACE Greenpeace Postcards from Climate Change, Audience Awards: Best Animated Short, Woods Hole Film Festival, Best Animation SENE Film Festival, West Virginia FILMmakers festival, University Film and Video Association Conference


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.