Artist Projects

The Zo


Glenda Wharton

The Zo is a hand-drawn animation that uses experimental fine art techniques. The film follows an abused girl who is kept in a nightmare house by a monster known as the Zo–an anthropomorphic representation of an abusive parent. With the help of an imaginary friend, the girl escapes from the Zo’s house into a magic house of her own invention. Thousands of drawings create this dark Wonderland of lyrical beauty.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Wharton presents installation of The Zo film with 500 hand-drawn animation cels at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC

  • 2010: The Zo screens at Museum of Modern Art as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2010: The Zo premieres at Sundance Film Festival as part of the Short Films program