Mural: Snowy Owls
Sponsorship: Calgary Public Library
Address: New Central Library at 800 3 St SE
Artist: Jacqueline Huskisson
Animator: Amanda Chan
Q: Tell us a bit about your art practice.
JH: I am an interdisciplinary artist working out of Calgary. My art lately focuses on the human figure and the exploration of the self. I vary in medium from video work to drawing comics. I have a B.F.A from Alberta College of Art and Design focused in Print Media and I have recently received my M.F.A from the Belfast School of Art.
AC: Just a graphic designer goofball who tries to put a smile on people's faces.
Q: What has been a favorite project of yours?
JH: I don't really have a favourite project, but I am very proud of a recent project of mine. "Syncopate" which was featured at Beakerhead 2018 at Memorial Library during the Spectral Illuminations 3 event (hosted by Emmedia).
AC: Haha... I'll get back to you on that because I'm currently on the planning stage!
Q: What was your inspiration for this painting/animation?
JH: Someone suggested owls or birds would be cool. So I went with Snow owls to go with the winter theme.
AC: The theme this year, Electric Winter, and all those Xmas lights that are already up, ready to celebrate this awesome holiday. Jackie's mural also really inspired me to add fun holiday cheer to the owls as well as wanting to add a playful vibe to the entire experience.
Q: How did the AR (Augmented Reality) aspect of this exhibition influence you when creating the mural/animation?
JH: It did not.
AC: It added a new layer of medium for me to experiment. I had to think spatially how the animation would work on the mural, different than a traditional video format.
Q: What is something you want the viewer to take away after experiencing your window?
JH: Owls are cool eh?
AC: A sense of awe, discovery and excitement!
Q: When touring the exhibition what is the ideal beverage to bring along?
JH: Probably hot chocolate. Baileys hot chocolate to be specific ;)
AC: Half sweet hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows and a bit of whipped cream!
Q: What did you find surprising/unexpected about participating in the exhibition?
JH: Didn't take as long as I thought to paint.
AC: Meeting other creators and how both our artistic styles can be so vastly different but there's always a way to link both our styles into something truly unique and creative. Especially with this medium, it's like peeling off new onion layers that reveal more than what meets the eye.
Q: What do you enjoy about being an artist/animator in Calgary?
JH: Peers are generally okay people :)
AC: I think there's a lot of opportunities if we put ourselves out there. Calgary has a lot of awesome folks and artists willing to create some pretty awesome artwork and events. I think there's a really tight artistic community in YYC compare to a lot of other cities.
Buds Collective would like to thank the Calgary Public Library for participating in Northern Reflections 2018.
Photographer: Katy Whitt
Article: Victoria Hedin