Wonderful essay about my friend, internationally known artist and art educator, Carl Heyward. #CarlHeywardRedux #artist #AfricanAmericanArt #collage #painting #artists



New work in story development: DERMALIAN

#storydevelopment. Space traveling aliens live in a symbiotic environment with a Plasma that is necessary for their survival; and the welfare of which is strictly regulated. #femalefilmmakerfriday #scifiFri #greenscreen #sylviatoy

Issues involved in taking care of the Plasma:

  1. Temperature (must be warm)
  2. Hydration (must be kept at a constant to avoid both dehydration and over-saturation or even drowning)
  3. Respiration (constantly monitored because a decrease in respiration is the first sign of tension)
  4. Tension (Plasma is similar to muscle tissue and has a tendency toward tension that causes inflammation, lowered temperature, dehydration and impaired respiration that causes stiffness and lack of flexibility and comfort, leading to stress in the Plasma. Empathic Dermalians are capable of massage techniques that relieve tension in the Plasma.)

SEQUENCE 13, an Official Selection of Women Cinemakers 2018 Biennial

WomenCineMakers 2018 Biennial-Sequence 13

What is really lovely is Women Cinemakersnot only selected SEQUENCE 13, but also complimented A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SOUL and BEFORE CHILL.


#womencinemakers #femalefilmmakerfriday #sylviatoy #greenscreenart #AfricanAmericanArtist

Stay busy, stay fresh

I had a recent conversation with my little sister in art about an artist (American, someone I have no social connection to) whose career has been more successful than mine. I do not thrive on competition but of course I have thought about what besides pure chance (i.e., the roulette of artist calls, grant processes and official selections) contributes to one artist gaining more visibility than another, especially in this case in which the other artist and I are both polymaths. My little sister not only disagreed with my theory, but I think she was appalled by it: in my opinion, the other artist has more fluency than I do in two of our common mediums. I told her further that I am sure that I could not have grown indefinitely in those mediums; and that I feel confident that I have hit my stride and even hit the ground running as a filmmaker. I think that those are issues one has to be honest with theirself about. And so it’s clear, I do not believe and even offer as mentoring advice to anyone that it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference when you hit your stride so long as you hit it. 
My ongoing and ever-evolving conversation with little sis is probably the most interesting one I’ve ever had with anyone about artist life. And our conversation about success continued and evolved this week when she was speculating about recognition and exposure her work has been receiving for the last little while: “Maybe it’s my 15 minutes?” I have had 15 minutes several times each in each of my mediums. I told her that I’ve noticed 15 minute moments come in waves and that one can only hope that at some point, those moments of minutes coalesce.
Nobody can make it happen. If on top of luck and fluency you have entrepreneurial talent (which I for one don’t) or good timing (which I do) or are good at drawing attention to yourself (which is a better sport for young people than for veterans), if you have any of those skills, it helps. But there’s one more thing, I think, that doesn’t get mentioned enough: a good answer to the question “But what have you done lately?”
The best way to make 15 minutes keep happening is to stay busy and stay fresh.

#experimentalfilm #sylviatoyindustries #sylviatoystlouis 

#actress #Chromakey #performanceart 

#sylviatoy #greenscreenartist #AfricanAmericanartist


New character: Lela, Cave-mistress by Sylvia Toy (backstory, first draft) Sketch1 © 2018

Lela may be the oldest human alive. Her tenth husband has just died making her a widow for the tenth time. She gave birth to twenty children, only three of whom are still living.

Lela is still bleeding, which among her social group makes her magical. Her mother also bled into old age; and the stories go that her great-grandmother and great-great-aunts did also. However, having watched her mother die in childbirth in what was probably her late 50s or early 60s, she does not want another mate.

In Lela’s social group, however, that decision is not hers alone. She leads the group with one of her surviving daughters, the eldest, and also with her only surviving brother, who is the child that Lela’s mother died giving birth to. Because he survived that birth to become the tallest, smartest and most charismatic male in the group, he like his mother and sister are believed to be magical. Lela’s brother wants his older sister to mate with a young male who has just lost his first female to illness and there is no other female available for him. Lela does not want to mate, believing that if she does, she will die like her mother did. In fact, she and last mate were so compatible and of the same mind that they secretly were practicing birth control.

However, the vote is two against one for Lela to take her eleventh mate because her daughter is siding with her uncle in trying to pressure her to mate again.

This is the status quo when Lela leaves her social group and strikes out on her own.

#experimentalfilm #sylviatoy #sylviatoystlouis #Chroma key #performanceart #sylviatoyindustries #greenscreenartist #improvisationaltheatre #AfricanAmericanartist #greenscreen #splitscreen #genesis #mythology