Name: Vonda Yarberry
Current Home: Springfield, Missouri
Medium: animation / video
Describe your work (1-2 sentences):
Over the years, my professional, creative work has spanned from screen-based animation and video, shown in film festivals, to gallery installations, to stage-projections within performances. Currently, I am making animations and video that play on multiple, small LCD screens, extricated from their ordinary plastic cases, revealing the delicacy of the inner circuitry and the overly complicated-looking tangle of wires that connect them.
Share a little about your background (2-3 sentences):
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and went to the Kansas City Art Institute for my undergraduate studies, then to New Brunswick, New Jersey and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts for my MFA. Since I was in kindergarten, because of the inspiration of an art teacher, I knew that I wanted to teach art. While I may have been steadfast in my ultimate goal all these years, I changed majors/disciplines within art quite a bit while I was in school, only landing on animation upon being offered a job at Missouri State University. That’s where I’ve been, teaching/coordinating the program in animation since 1989.
What do you hope to accomplish and/or gain from your stay at Grin City?
I hope that being in unfamiliar surroundings and interacting with interesting people will cause me to see my work freshly, creating new and unforeseen possibilities for its progress. I also hope that being away from the distractions of my everyday life that I will be able to be more productive and complete several works in order to send them to galleries and museums for exhibition.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you create?
Thinking WAY big, I would want to develop a planet-sized, interactive performance where the energy of all people is seen in concert and felt simultaneously.
Favorite book: Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler
Favorite food: Hotdogs
Unusual skill: Lost and runaway dog magnet
Favorite saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead