Mural: And to All a Goodnight
Sponsorship: Clinic Sport & Health
Address: 520 6 Ave SE
Artist: Christina Stein
Animator: Saje Damen
Q: Tell us a bit about your art practice.
CS: In my art practice I like to combine realism with illustrative line making to create surreal imagery.
SD: I'm a graphic designer, but generally a more illustrative one than most. I work in advertising and that keeps me busy, but I'm usually pretty excited to explore more experimental and weird animation and illustration work, when I get the chance.
Q: What has been a favorite project of yours?
CS: My most recent favourite project has been "Paperback Magic", a mixed media colouring book. It’s inspired by a love of reading, in collaboration with an amazing calligrapher, Alissa Robinson.
SD: Hard to say, but it probably has less to do with the actual product and more to do with the people I'm working with.
Q: What was your inspiration for this painting/animation?
CS: Playing off the theme of "electric winter", this installation is inspired by the electric excitement of winter nights. My childhood winters were a special time of excitement, both because of the bite of the cold and because of the extended hours of night. There is something thrilling about being up past your bedtime, in the quiet of the night; this installation is inspired by that same youthful joy of nighttime winters and the electric excitement of being up past dark.
SD: Christina! She put a lot of love into the scene, and we both had fun figuring out how to bring it to life.
Q: How did the AR (Augmented Reality) aspect of this exhibition influence you when creating the mural/animation?
CS: The AR changed everything about my style and process for this mural. In order to create the high contrast necessary to create the target areas for AR I worked with thick line work and high contrast tones.
SD: There are specific limitations that we had to consider (ie. not having anything on the window that we wanted to move, so that we could add it into the animation layer without masking out the static image, etc.) but those things were outweighed by the freedom you get when you turn a static image into an immersive experience. Once it starts to exist in time like that, and people are interacting with it, there's just so much you can do; I'm excited to see how technology like this will be used in the future.
Q: What is something you want the viewer to take away after experiencing your window?
CS: I hope the audience of this piece takes away a sense of fun and excitement
SD: For me, I like the scene because the characters bring some surprise and wonder to a classic setting, and I hope that brings some joy to others. 'Tis the season, and all.
Q: When touring the exhibition what is the ideal beverage to bring along?
SD: Egg nog, of course ;)
Q: What did you find surprising/unexpected about participating in the exhibition?
SD: I'm always happy to see other people getting excited about animation, it has always brought some magic into my life and I like sharing that feeling with so many others.
Q: What do you enjoy about being an artist/animator in Calgary?
SD: The community is supportive and vibrant, I've found so much inspiration and strength from the people I've met.
Buds Collective would like to thank Clinic Sport & Health for participating in Northern Reflections 2018.
Photographer: Katy Whitt
Article: Victoria Hedin