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Featured Artist: Estée Preda

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Artist Estée Preda

Matt Charland

S&H editor Ben Nussbaum talked with this issue’s featured artist, Estée Preda, about winters in Québec, her past life filming snowboarding movies, and much more.

S&H: What does your work mean to you? Estée: My work is very much rooted in escapism. The meaning evolves as my practice evolves. What I’m trying to do is create a full and encompassing universe. A little bit like Tolkien’s universe, a full world. When I started painting, I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted to do. My work really doesn’t mean anything specific. Whatever people want to see in it, whatever makes them feel. I like to try to create complex emotions through the interactions between the creatures. It can’t be too light or too dark. It’s kind of a reflection of our world through a surreal lens. S&H: Is each piece a self-enclosed universe or do they all interconnect? Estée: They’re all connected, for sure. They’re all part of the world. Some characters stay and some are gone; I’m not really sure why. S&H: What do you do outside of art? I know you’re in a band (whose music I really like). Estée: Yeah, I’m in a band, but that’s literally the other thing I do. I just make art and play in a band, nothing else. That’s all I do. I live in the woods 45 minutes outside Québec …

Ben Nussbaum is the Editor in Chief of Spirituality & Health.


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