Vanessa Woods
The Mansion of Happiness
2010
The Mansion of Happiness, RT: 5:12, 16mm b&w film transferred to video (2010)
Sound by Cheryl E. Leonard and Anka Draugelates

The Mansion of Happiness is an animated 16mm film inspired by poet Robin Ekiss’s book of the same name. Drawing its title from the first board game released in the United States in 1894, The Mansion of Happiness explores the philosophical boundaries between myth and memory and between our inner and outer worlds. Comprised from original photograms, and hundreds of nineteenth century collage elements, the film takes us through a landscape of miniatures, dolls and toys, magic acts and mysterious maternal passageways .
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