Mural: Snow Angel
Sponsorship: Calgary TELUS Convention Centre
Address: 120 9 Ave SE
Artist: Paula Timm
Animator: Brian "Bunny" Batista
Q: Tell us a bit about your art practice.
PT: While camping I love to sketch details. During the hustle of running my art studio at cSPACE King Edward, I love to work with colours and mark making. No matter the influence, colour, whimsy, and textures are my jam.
BBB: I spin a lot of plates and straddle many creative worlds. I do animation, have an active art practice and run Atelier Artista, a full-time art school in cSPACE King Edward.
Q: What has been a favourite project of yours?
PT: Earlier this year, I was a part of the Branch Out Foundation fundraiser for non-pharmaceutical research for neurological brain disease. This project afforded me the opportunity to interview a neuroscientist about his research for chronic pain in spinal cord damage. I found a correlation in my own health and medical journey and responded with a super cool piece called the Chaos of Pain.
BBB: I was a compositor on an NFB film Skin for Skin.
Q: What was your inspiration for this painting/animation?
PT: I was inspired by childhood memories for the fondness of winter, playing the day away in the falling snow, the crystal blues of the night sky, and of course making snow angels.
BBB: I worked with the artist, Paula Timm, to bring her design to life through movement.
Q: How did the AR aspect of this exhibition influence you when creating the mural/animation?
PT: I think because I knew the scope of the project included AR (Augmented Reality), it was a simultaneous design process, asking myself what imagery to use and what imagery can move. When discussing with the animator, Bunny, we collaborated on how to further the obvious and include our client into the design!
BBB: The AR aspect offers the ability to create more depth to the environment and can bring a character to life through movement.
Q: What is something you want the viewer to take away after experiencing your window?
PT: Aww, such a great question! Which reminds me, while I was painting the window, many families stopped to watch me paint. One little girl said, “It is the prettiest thing I have ever seen!” That a small child was so taken by art, colour, and form? I can’t ask for a better experience.
BBB: Maybe to tap into their memory of childhood experience, better yet, to dive down into the snow and create a snow angel themselves. To remember the magic it is to be young, to play and have fun.
Q: When touring the exhibition what is the ideal beverage to bring along?
PT: Hot apple cider!
BBB: Hot chocolate with an edge ;P
Q: What did you find surprising/unexpected about participating in the exhibition?
PT: It never fails to surprise me how much work goes into projects of this scale. From the project managers of Buds of Buds, to the Artists and their accompaniment of supporters; in the likes of friends, spouses, family and of course the good will of each passerby.
BBB: The tight timeline for animation, which normally takes a lot of time to create, render and export.
Q: What do you enjoy about being an artist/animator in Calgary?
PT: I am uber grateful for the big vision of both Buds of Buds and the supporting Calgary businesses which continue to financially support these innovative projects. Politicians and influencers keep reminding us that it is arts and culture which help to develop tourism and cool factor for our cities and towns. However, they/we can’t do this without public and private money!
BBB: The variety of unique opportunities and of course QUICKDRAW ANIMATION SOCIETY is AWESOME!!!
Buds Collective would like to thank the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre for participating in Northern Reflections 2018.
Photographer: Katy Whitt
Article: Victoria Hedin