Jennie Ottinger’s loosely painted portraits often depict a cast of quirky outsiders. Her project—created at Kala—has ventured into new territory with a video animation based on her paintings. Based on the novel Candide, Jennie has painted portraits of the story’s characters, cut the paintings into small pieces and reassembled the portraits in a whimsical fashion that tells a tragic story. The video meshes an unlikely combination of classic literature, humor, and angst—achieved with a hand-crafted simplicity. Jennie’s work has been presented at Johansson Projects, Adobe Books, UC Berkeley’s Worth Ryder Gallery, Southern Exposure and Headlands Center for the Arts. She attended California College of the Arts and received her MFA from Mills College.