Mural: Snow Day
Sponsorship: ATB Branch for Arts & Culture
Address: 102 8 Ave SW
Artist/Animator: Mateusz Napieralski
Q: Tell us a bit about your art practice.
MN: I run a small multidisciplinary design practice, Gust of Wind Studio. I never liked the idea of specialising in a particular side of the creative industry. I think I thrive when I can juggle multiple areas such as illustration, animation & graphic design.
Q: What has been a favorite project of yours?
MN: It’s very tough to say, because I’ve had many opportunities to work on some fantastic projects, but I think public murals are right at the top of the list of personal favourites. I love how interactive those pieces become once painted. Instead of landing on a digital screen, they’re in physical spaces where people can interact with the work every day.
Q: What was your inspiration for this painting/animation?
MN: I was very curious to explore the idea of the fun possibilities that a snowy day can present. I think it’s so easy to get discouraged by the weather during winter and stay indoors. I wanted to visualise all the fun activities that we can do BECAUSE of all the snow outside :)
Q: How did the AR (Augmented Reality) aspect of this exhibition influence you when creating the mural/animation?
MN: AR offers an opportunity to add a whole other layer of depth and dimension to the work. It allows to deepen and extend the story you’re trying to tell.
Q: What is something you want the viewer to take away after experiencing your window?
MN: I don’t have any particular expectations of the viewer. I’m interested to hear what they make of the experience themselves. After all it’s public art, so I’ll let them decide what they want to take away.
Q: When touring the exhibition what is the ideal beverage to bring along?
MN: Hazelnut hot chocolate with whipped cream!
Q: What did you find surprising/unexpected about participating in the exhibition?
MN: I love how diverse everyone's interpretation of the topic is. Seeing how all the murals are transforming our city is wonderful, and I hope that this tradition carries on growing.
Q: What do you enjoy about being an artist/animator in Calgary?
MN: I love the fact that illustration in public spaces is relatively new to the city, and I feel very lucky to be part of the movement of introducing this medium to a wider audience.
Buds Collective would like to thank ATB Branch for Arts & Culture for participating in Northern Reflections 2018.
Photographer: Katy Whitt
Article: Victoria Hedin