Domestikia, Chaper 3: La Petite Mort
Artist: Jennifer Linton
Our heroine Madelaine sits reading in her parlor, when an unexpected visitor arrives. So begins the surreal narrative of La Petite Mort, a tale of love, betrayal, and one vengeful butterfly. Combining elements of erotica, horror, and dark humour, this film capitalizes on the stiff, artificial movement of paper puppets to create a strange, dream-like world. La Petite Mort was inspired by the Surrealist animations of the Polish and Czech masters Jan Lenica, Walerian Borowyck and Jan Svankmajer, Japanese tentacle erotica, and those strange, middle-of-the-night dreams one sometimes has after spicy food.
Jennifer Linton is a Canadian visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice includes animation, drawing, installation, and printmaking. Linton currently teaches art and design courses at post-secondary institutions such as OCAD University (Toronto) and Sheridan College (Oakville). She’s received numerous awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, and has exhibited nationally and internationally.