Oona Taper is a Chicago-based conceptual artist working with film, installation, and animation. She is invested in materiality and the handmade, using materials as symbols that are in themselves expressive. Her work looks at people as parts in larger systems, examining how people are embedded in complex networks involving things like science, nature, hormones and train tracks.
Her work uses chance, entropy, and decay to describe everyday hauntings, forgotten ephemera, and mundane apocalypses.
Taper's short films have been screened at national and international film festivals including The IVY Film Festival in Providence RI, OUTsider Fest in Austin, Texas, and Locomoción, an Experimental Animation Festival in Mexico City. Her video installations and works on paper have been showcased in galleries in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Rome.
Beyond her own practice Taper is an organizer who helps facilitate collaborations, exhibitions and events. While living in Philadelphia she was a core member of the collective The Philadelphia Animation Ensemble, and Krissy Talking Pictures, a video art organization that uplifts the work of queer artists while working to form a community around artistic creation.