Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles, touring internationally as an independent artist since 2010.
Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, she creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross section of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature, at the realm of the hand-made and tech. She travel as a one woman show, often incorporating artist talks and workshops.
She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances at animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, tech conferences, and universities. A few past presenters include TED, MOMA, Sundance New Frontier, Lincoln Center, Future of Storytelling, Exploratorium, Adler Planetarium, ISEA conference, Meta.Morph (Norway), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Walker, Wexner, REDCAT, TBA festival, Fusebox Festival.
She received her MFA for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2007.
Miwa is co-founder and collaborator of the multi-media theater company, Cloud Eye Control.
She received the Creative Capital Award (2013), Sherwood Award (2016), and Princess Grace Award (2007).
She has made commissioned performance work (Pop-up magazine), as well as worked as a video designer for the Austin based theater company Rude Mechs, and the Vancouver based Dance company 605 Collective.
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