Mural: Do Hibernating Bears Dream of Hugging Sheep?
Address: Old Central Library at 616 Macleod Trail SE
Artist: Claudia Weigelsberger
Animator: Michelle Ku
Q: Tell us a bit about your art practice.
CW: My art practice is inspired by nature and motivated by briefs and deadlines – a holdover from my days as an ad agency art director. I try to approach a project conceptually, and let the idea drive the execution.
MK: I love creating imaginary characters living in worlds very different yet similar to ours and telling stories about these worlds and creatures. I love playing with colour while doing this and trying to create some fun and connection within people.
Q: What has been a favorite project of yours?
CW: This project has truly been one of my favourites, for two reasons; I had the chance to work with an awesome partner, Michelle Ku – I haven’t done that for a while, and; I learned a little bit about something new to me and very exciting – AR.
MK: I wrote and illustrated a children’s book about a girl who is wandering in the forest one day when she discovers the moon on the ground! You can see some pictures from it here: michellekuku.com/Mobi-s-Moon.
Q: What was your inspiration for this painting/animation?
CW: Winter, and the wildlife I see, or see evidence of, every day.
MK: We wanted to create something very dreamy and surreal with electric colours. The idea was to tell a quick story in only 20 seconds so it helped to use animation to transform the camera angle and screen to do this!
Q: How did the AR (Augmented Reality) aspect of this exhibition influence you when creating the mural/animation?
CW: AR gave me the opportunity to embed a story in a static image. I thought of the story first. The mural exists in the service of the story, literally, as the first frame of the animation.
MK: I learned from last year that bold colours and big shapes work better, since the video is viewed on your phone which makes the screen very tiny.
Q: What is something you want the viewer to take away after experiencing your window?
MK: Maybe to just brighten up their day and encourage them to look up at the clouds and dream more.
Q: When touring the exhibition what is the ideal beverage to bring along?
CW: Hot _______(fill in the blank)
MK: Some hot lemon ginger honey tea. Mmm :)
Q: What did you find surprising/unexpected about participating in the exhibition?
CW: Honestly, I was surprised that my location wasn’t locked up. I understand the challenges faced by our sponsor, however, our tight timeline was further compressed waiting for the approval to paint, and that, unfortunately, squeezed Michelle’s animation time. But, she came through with an awesome piece anyway. “Nature of the biz,” I guess, but also a learning moment… ask the right questions.
MK: I had a very tight timeline of about one and a half days to complete the animation, so it was surprising to myself what I could do in that time and very motivating for my future work.
Q: What do you enjoy about being an artist/animator in Calgary?
CW: The challenge.
MK: We have so much nature around us and are only hours away from some of the most beautiful mountains and hikes ever! Growing up here, I think I took that for granted for so long but I am really starting to realize how lucky we are. And we have some amazing sunsets and sunrises here too.
Buds Collective would like to thank the CMLC for participating in Northern Reflections 2018.
Photographer: Katy Whitt
Article: Victoria Hedin