Carmen Amaya

I am inspired by flamenco and turn to it in my sketchbook and my personal practice.

Lovingly known as “La Capitana,” Carmen Amaya is one of the greatest flamenco dancers to have ever lived. Watching her videos is mesmerizing, she seems to be possessed by a spirit from another realm.

I created this animation the old fashioned way, with a pencil, tracing paper and lightbox. I scanned in 10 hand-drawn frames to create this short looping piece.

I love the imperfect, filmic look inherent to this style of animation.

I invite you to the life-giving YouTube wormhole that is archival footage of Carmen Amaya.