Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles.
She has been an internationally touring independent artist since 2010.
Coming from a background in animation by way of collage, Miwa Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette, at the cross section of cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical. Her work exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between man and nature. Her work exists both at the realm of the hand-made and tech. She travel as a one woman show, often incorporating artist talks and workshops.
She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, including animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, tech conferences, and universities. A few past presenters include TED, MOMA, Sundance New Frontier, Future of Storytelling, Exploratorium, Adler Planetarium, ISEA conference, Meta.Morph (Norway), Anima Mundi (Brazil) and many more. Coming up: Lincoln Center in NYC.
She received her MFA for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2007.
She is also a co-founder and collaborator of the multi-media theater company, Cloud Eye Control.
She has made commissioned performance work (Pop-up magazine), as well as worked as a video designer for the Austin based theater company Rude Mechs, and the Vancouver based Dance company 605 Collective. She also works intermittently as a freelance commercially animator/designer in the motion graphics industry in Los Angeles.