National Geographic’s biggest fan here at Banff, Jim Olver, gave us a tour of the Banff Centre yesterday and introduced us to the Leighton Artists’ Colony, which Banff supports in addition to the Mountain Films.
Jim Olver, Jill Sawyer and Jeronimo Hagerman look over Jeronimo’s latest photos.
The colony consists of nine studios designed by well-known Canadian architects to offer an inspiring, pleasant, and safe space for resident artists working on new projects. In particular, we were there to visit artist Jeronimo Hagerman.
Animation by Jeronimo Hagerman
Jeronimo’s works play with the relationship between the individual and “nature”, emphasizing on how the emotional ties between the subject and the outside world are generated. Jeronimo says he likes to show the beauty that can occur when humans’ artificial objects, such as candy, are combined with mountains, forests, gardens, and more.
In addition to his love of plants, Jeronimo’s art also reflects his adoration of circles, geometry, and color.
In an exhibit in Casa Vecina Gallery, Mexico, Malas Madres (or Evil Mothers), for the plants’
“tendency to throw away their babies.” Adding to the fun, says Jeronimo, the exhibit’s pulley system sounded like birds whenever the plants moved.