Jon Monaghan - Your uncertain spirit

6:15, 2008, Animation
Your uncertain spirit is a single channel computer animated work based off Madonna and Child and penitent Mary Magdalene Christian religious imagery. I tried to transform these universal images into moving creatures halfway between synthetic and organic. The animation is split into two parts each depicting the creatures undergoing various transformations. With this imagery and narrative, I hope to reveal something mythical about our concept of mother, birthing and sex in a time where these eternal aspects of nature are consistently being transformed by technology.
DirectorJon Monaghan


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Who is Jon Monaghan?
I am an artist working with 3d software to create digital sculptures, prints, and animations. I am currently earning my MFA at the University of Maryland.

Your film is about?
Your Uncertain Spirit is about our mythic transcendence of nature and the uncertain relationship we, as nature, have with medicine and technology.

How did the work with the film start?
The animation began from seeing a religious icon of Mary Magdalene in Germany.

Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts and what is important to you?
I scour religious art for the overall basis. I try to fuse this ground with imagery from medicine, deep sea creatures, sex toys, etc.

Where do you get your ideas or influences from?
Medieval art, Gothic art and architecture, fish, insects, hospitals, alchemy

How does the title relate to the work, and how do you find a fitting title?
The title is important, because the work deals with Christian religious imagery, but it is not about Christianity; is about our soul, and the state it is in.

How do you finance your projects (by yourself, sponsors or subsidy)?
It does not cost anything to produce these kind of 3d animations.


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