MoA Master
Laura Palosaari

Laura Palosaari

Laura Palosaari
Media Lab
1974, Finland

Purgatory is a living painting, a six-minute animation that is possible to watch once or as a loop. According to the director, artist Pirjetta Brander, the work is “an animated dream about purgatory: human figures floating forever in a void.”.

The work is based on an aquarelle painting by Pirjetta Brander. For the animation the figures were hand-painted again, then made into cut-outs and animated with a 2D-computer animation programme.

Purgatory (Latin: purgatorium; from purgare, “to purge”) is the condition, process, or place of purification or temporary punishment in which, according to the medieval Christian and Roman Catholic belief, the souls of those who die in a state of grace are made ready for heaven.

Later this summer Purgatory is going to be shown in the exhibition Splätsh! The Extensions of Watercolour at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki.

Production team:
Pirjetta Brander (director, original painting, visual design, cut-outs)
Raoul Björkenheim (sound design and music)
Laura Palosaari (script and animation)

Supported by:
AVEK/ Milla Moilanen
Arts Council of Finland


Contact information
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