The Cycle of Life / 7:00 minutes
Artist name: Gerald Guthrie

The Cycle of Life is a digital animation which employs a metaphor of botanical growth to represent our own developmental stages of life. A solitary figure walks forward through a line of inexplicable machines; approaching, absorbing and moving on. Through a clever twist, the final stage of life precedes the beginning.

Gerald Guthrie was born in 1951 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1977. Guthrie teaches animation and foundation studies as a Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. His digital animations have screened in over one hundred national and international film festivals. Past and future screenings include the Prix Ars Electronica new media festival (2008, 2010), Anima Mundi (2010) and the Melbourne International Animation Festival (2011). Guthrie’s current professional work and research addresses ubiquitous questions that cannot be definitively answered. He attempts to identify and exemplify many of the inscrutable mysteries of everyday life.

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