Streaming at watch.ffyyc.ca | November 19-29, 2020
Discord watch party: 9pm, November 27
PAINTER, ANIMATOR, SCULPTOR, AND CREATOR OF MANY THINGS
Multi-talented artist, animator, sculptor and creator Christiane Cegavske joins us to give a glimpse of her upcoming feature, Seed in the Sand, to share insights into her distinctive creative process, and to discuss her animated worlds with QAS member Mihaela Slabé.
2019 Guggenheim Fellow Christiane Cegavske grew up among the dark firs and gnarly oaks in Oregon. The influence of the natural woodland environment left a permanent mark upon her creative life. She is best known for her first stop-motion feature film, the award-winning Blood Tea and Red String (2005, screening as our Retrospective selection), a dialogue-free puppet animation that uses anthropomorphic woodland animals to explore human nature. It received excellent reviews in The New York Times, New York Post, and Variety, where Dennis Harvey described it as “a David Lynchean fever dream on Beatrix Potter terrain.” Represented by Adler and Associates, it has officially screened in festivals, theaters, and galleries in 22 countries and is currently available in more than a dozen countries.
Seed in the Sand, in production, is Cegavske’s second surreal feature-length stop-motion puppet animation. Its characters are furry, beaked creatures who must leave their dry, dying forest to sail through a sea of sand seeking water, encountering danger on the way.
While working on her own film projects, Cegavske has also engaged in a freelance career as an animator and sculptor for television and film from 1999 to the present, working on projects for NBC, ABC, The Oxygen Network, VH1, the Disney Channel and Fox at Space Bass Films and Acme Filmworks in Los Angeles, as well as a variety of projects with Bent Image Lab in Portland, Oregon, and animated dream sequences for Asia Argento’s film, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.
In 2014 Cegavske transitioned to teaching and is currently in her seventh year as an Assistant Professor in the Animation Department at Kansas City Art Institute, where some of her most rewarding experiences come from encouraging the development of students as they grow into effective and engaged members of the art community.
Closed Captioning made possible by the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society