Jo Dery’s wildly inventive animated films explore and push at the techniques and boundaries of animation. Dery uses everything from collage, illustration, digital manipulation, photomontage, puppetry, and printmaking to tell short, fantastical tales that often resonate with the tone of folklore and mythology. At the root of her stories is Dery’s own life and location, be it Providence, RI (where she co-founded the seminal feminist collective Dirt Palace) or Chicago, IL, her new home since the fall of 2011.
In her newest work, Chapter Three, Dery uses the effectively direct materials of pencil, ink, and paper to create an animation around the theme of chance – depicting an anthropomorphized snake, a play off the double-roll turn of the dice called “snake eyes.” The installation at Dock 6 will incorporate original drawings which are the basis for the film that will be projected in the room.
Dery holds a BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Animation in DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media.