Artist & Animator // Winter Forest (Marriott Hotel - 110 9 Ave SE)
Article// Kristy Archibald & Jenna Cavanagh
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself!
A: I’m a multidisciplinary designer working mainly across illustration, animation & graphic design. In my work I’m very interested in blending geometry with more organic forms and shapes.
Q: Tell us about the work you usually do as an artist & an animator.
A: I work with a variety of clients, ranging from advertising to educational and cultural establishments, as well as start-ups and individual clients.
Q: How would you describe your artistic “style”?
A: Abstracted scapes full of bold shapes and vibrant colours.
Q: What is one of your most recent projects, or a project you’re most proud of working on?
A: Lately I’ve been doing more public artwork, and I’m really enjoying working in that realm. Seeing how the public interacts with my work is very exciting and I’m hoping to do more of it in the future.
Q: What was the inspiration or story behind Winter Forest?
A: After moving to Canada from England last year, I always find myself inspired by the nature and all the wildlife here. I tried to channel that in this piece of work. I was excited to explore a winter scene full of animals and abstracted forms.
Q. How did the AR aspect of this exhibition influence how you created and animated Winter Forest?
A: AR was essential in my thinking process here. I really wanted the viewer to have two different experiences of the artwork, depending on how they looked at it. AR gives the piece much more depth and invites the viewer to explore the scene further, almost “walk into” the forest.
Q: In your opinion, what makes Calgary a special place to be in the wintertime?
A: Definitely the cold temperatures, haha.
Q: What would you say to convince Calgarians to come downtown and interact with the Northern Reflections Window Exhibition?
A: I would say that it’s a great opportunity to explore new technologies and experience how local artists are utilizing them in a public space.
Photography by Kuni Kawashima