Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

Joan C. Gratz's seven minute animated, um, trip through art—from La Gioconda to Chuck Close. It's 2D claymation from 1992, but it was new to me.

Jeff Wong's picture

That was beautifully done clay animation. Thanks for sharing it! I wonder if it was done using a horizontal slice technique where all the images are built up on top of each other like a layer cake in clay and thinly cut with a wire like cheese across the surface; my friend, Peter Wallach, used an animator who employed this method for a Peter Gabriel video (or two?) years ago, which was the first time I was exposed to the technique.I've often wondered if Will Vinton has gotten upset that his trademarked term, Claymation""", has been appropriated by the masses, much like Kleenex or Xerox been for tissues and photocopying. I guess it's flattering in a way, if not frustrating.

Jeff Wong's picture

*Kleenex or Xerox [has] been

Wes Phillips's picture

Who you callin' a has-been, Wong?

Adam Sohmer's picture

Fans of clay animation should also check out the work of Bruce Bickford, who is well known to fans of Frank Zappa for his contribution to FZ's film," ""Baby Snakes"" (

Jeff Wong's picture

I have a Bickford vid on VHS somewhere. That's mindblowing stuff. It's crude, but, brilliant. What gets me are the partial morphs that are hinted at -- they tease enough to get the beginning of recognition going, where you say," ""Hey"," isn't that...""", then shift gears into something else before you can complete the ID.