ARTIST FEATURE WITH CRISTINA BOLZON
The first StudioGo artist feature is Cristina Bolzon. Cristina is a Multimedia artist. This includes Graphic Design, Photography & Watercolour. Here are some highlights from our interview with Cristina!
Question #1 - Why do the arts matter to you?
I believe the arts are a both a form of expression and a necessary tool that can help enhance our understanding of the world, through a different lens. There are so many stories to be told through art and experiences to be shared. I also love that creative vision is always so unique to the individual—which means your work (as an artist) is irreplaceable and the possibilities to create new and exciting pieces are endless.
Portfolio item #1 - Exposed:
This book is my baby— a year long thesis in my final year of undergrad. Exposed offers a different way of understanding individuals by utilizing the tattoo as a visually appealing foundation to address many of the metaphysical questions related to being human. This project really was the pinnacle of my undergrad because I got to combine all the things I love (design, photography, writing) into one beautifully designed artifact. It is the kind of work I hope to do in the future.
Question #2 - Give a brief history of your passion for the arts. Where you started? How it evolved? Where are you now?
I always gravitated towards creating with physical materials and traditional mediums ever since I was a child and continued to draw and paint through elementary and high school. However, by the time grade 12 came around, I still had no idea what I was going to study. I found most enjoyment in the fine arts, but did not think pursuing it in post secondary was going to fulfill me fully. Fortunately, I was introduced to the possibility of graphic design through my sisters friend, and ended up following that route on a bit of a whim with absolutely zero experience “designing” or using the software. It was a risk, but it was exactly the field I was meant to be in.
I currently work full time for a design studio doing editorial work, while freelancing on the side.
Portfolio item #2 - Solstice Aromatic Bath Kit:
This was a student project. The brief was to create a “kit” that held 5 or more items. I love cosmetic and personal wellness product packaging which is why I chose that as my area of exploration. The kit comes in 2 scents, and everything from concept to design to photography was done by me.
Question #3: Describe your creative process? What medium do you work in? What are your goals?
No matter the project, I always start with my sketchbook, or my journal. Surprisingly, my writing tends to influence and inspire a lot of the visuals I create. From there, it depends on what I am making. Given my combined background in art and design, I work with a variety of materials, but often end up blending traditional practices with digital, especially for illustration. I also love product styling and feature a lot of photography in my personal work. For me, it is not just “a painting” or a “design.” Where possible, I love to set a stage and mood for showcasing the things I make and photography plays a huge part in that. For strictly traditional mediums, I love watercolour and experimenting with body paint, but have been doing a lot of exploration with painting on fabric recently.
As for goals, long term, probably become an art director or a book designer and author— I absolutely love telling stories through creative writing and combining that with imagery I create. In the meantime, I have a couple of personal projects I am developing to add to my portfolio.
Portfolio Item #3 - Starry night body paint:
This was made as part of my early thesis development. I was exploring ideas around body art, the great masterpieces of our time (made by artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne etc), and the ways in which the context of art changes depending on the environment.
Question #4: Are there any specific locations you work in or inspire your practice?
For inspiration, being outdoors always gets me to a good place creatively. There is a look out near me that I always retreat to when I am stuck on an idea or need to clear my head. Apart from that, I have always wanted to be that person who works at cool coffee shops, but I honestly find it more distracting than productive. That being said, all my work is done in my basement. Over the years I have tried to transform the space with my own decor and art so I am always surrounded by inspiration.
Portfolio Item #4 -Button your fly:
I used to work retail for Levis and am a hard core fan of the brand. This was a fun little illustration I made to celebrate the 501’s birthday (it is their most iconic jean, featuring none other than a button fly!).
Portfolio Item #5 -Gold teeth:
this is a painting inspired by lyrics from a favourite song of mine (NSFW by golda). Made with watercolour, ink and gold marker.
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