Van Sowerwine is an animator and new media artist who works across the areas of stop motion animation, interactives, photography and painting. Her work explores ideas of childhood and its darker underpinnings, and Van has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.
Her previous animation, Gillian, was highly commended in the 2001 Dendy Awards as part of the Sydney Film Festival, and won Best Animation at the National Student Film and Video festival. It was screened at NewFest 2003: the 15th Anniversary New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
Van also incorporates stop motion animation into her installation practice. Her most recent animated installation (with CLARA animator Isobel Knowles) Expecting is toured around Australia in 2004/2005 as part of the Experimenta: House of Tomorrow exhibition. Her previous interactive Play With Me (2002) was selected for the inaugural Anne Landa Award (2004/2005) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales - the first award-exhibition for the moving image and new media in Australia. Both Expecting and Play With Me have also been shown as part of Media City Seoul 2004, the Korean biennale of new media art.