During a night at a club, an intoxicated young woman encounters a man and wakens the next morning with a foggy memory of the night before.
Seren Moran is a mixed media artist and filmmaker. Seren’s art practice addresses trauma and the prevalence of violence against women. In her recent work, Seren explores the lasting emotional and psychological damage caused by sexual assault through reenactments of non-fiction incidents in her stop-motion paper puppet animations. Seren Moran is a 2020 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Painting + Printmaking Masters of Fine Arts Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Printmaking from San Diego State University in 2011, with additional studies at the L’Accademia di Bella Arte, in Florence Italy. In 2011, Seren was the only undergraduate to receive San Diego State University’s Annual Art Council Scholarship. As a graduate student, Seren was the recipient of multiple scholarships including the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Graduate Research Grant in 2020 and the Virginia Commonwealth University Fall Painting and Printmaking Scholarship in 2018.
"This film translates a non-fiction experience of sexual assault through stop-motion paper puppet animation. In this film, I seek to tell the holistic truth of a particular story, rather than reinforce the faulty expectation for survivors to perfectly summon facts about a traumatic experience. I use the recollection of an incident as the sequence of events to structure the narrative while filling the story with abstracted details that prioritize the protagonist's internal truth. During a time in which our president brags about grabbing women’s pussies, there is nothing apolitical about addressing sexual assault. This film critiques the minimization of this issue as “harmless” play by pairing disturbing subject matter with the often perceived light-heartedness of animation."