In our ongoing interview series, Colossal goes deep with some of our favorite contemporary artists, designers,
and creative personalities from around the world. These conversations are supported directly by our members.
January 11, 2021
For years, Sydney-based photographer Jem Cresswell has been diving into the ocean to document the lives of humpback whales. In a recent conversation with Colossal contributor Anna Marks, Cresswell speaks to the precarious position of working underwater, identifying the personalities of individual animals, and about building relationships between species.
December 14, 2020
Peter Bellerby ventured into globemaking when searching for a gift for his father’s 80th birthday, an endeavor that spurred him to launch Bellerby & Co. In this conversation with managing editor Grace Ebert, Bellerby recounts starting a business with zero experience, shares his love for change and disruption, and discusses the endlessly fascinating world of globes.
Danielle Clough Discusses Embroidery’s Lengthy History and the Tenuous Distinction Between Art and Craft
November 24, 2020
Through thickly layered thread, Cape Town-based artist Danielle Clough conveys joy, positivity, and moments of pure delight. In this interview, Clough speaks with managing editor Grace Ebert about her resilient optimism, the creative paths she pursued prior to embroidery, and the incredibly rich history of her chosen medium.
A Conversation with Animator and Director Anna Mantzaris Explores Her Penchant for Nuanced Emotion and Finding Humor in the Mundane
November 18, 2020
Swedish director and animator Anna Mantzaris has a knack for expressing the frustrating, humorous, and delightful moments through quirky felt characters. Colossal contributor Laura Staugaitis recently spoke with Mantzaris about her experimental journey into animation, her experience working on Isle of Dogs, and how reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction.
Artist Lisa Ericson Dives into the Threat of the Climate Crisis and Why She Chooses Magic Over Scientific Accuracy
October 20, 2020
In her hyperrealistic paintings, artist Lisa Ericson spotlights the myriad ways animal life and the natural world are connected. Ericson speaks with managing editor Grace Ebert about how COVID-19 has affected her work, the destruction caused by the ongoing climate crisis, and why she forgoes a wholly realistic approach to her paintings.
Miniature Sculptor Mohamad Hafez Explores How Multiple Identities Inform His Art and Why He Invests in Education
September 14, 2020
Formerly a corporate architect, New Haven-based artist Mohamad Hafez builds intricately detailed sculptures that evoke his home country of Syria. Hafez reflects on his time at the upper echelon of luxury design and how working with young people is the key to building a better future.
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