Turning photos into artography

Local artist Stacey Bodnaruk prepares for busy season starting with ArtWalk

To call Whistler artist Stacey Bodnaruk’s work photography wouldn’t be entirely correct.

It does feature photos, but not the kind you post on Instagram. Instead, Bodnaruk combines layers of images — often snapped from around the Sea to Sky corridor and sometimes from her travels outside of B.C. — and molds them into various shapes so that they create more of a texture or a feeling than a photo.

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“I blended my background in graphic and creative design with photography. That’s why I’ve named it artography,” Bodnaruk said. “In terms of how I actually started, we were looking to print some photos of our travels and I really wanted to create something with more depth and meaning than printing a photo on a canvas. I started getting creative and blending moments — thinking about the feelings and the colours and textures and blending all of that together.”

That dreamy, ethereal style is on display in her latest collection, Spirit Animal. Comprised of a bear, a howling wolf and an eagle in flight, pieces are available in bright, wild hues, earthy tones or cool shades of blue, printed on unusual backdrops like acrylic glass, wood, aluminum or resin as well
as canvas.

“The Spirit Animal Collection is based on the power animals of B.C. with the bear and wolf and eagle and moose,” she said. “Basically I was trying to have fun with these animals.

All of the photos that are blended into the animals are from B.C. as well — a mix from Whistler, our area and the West Coast.”

Pieces from the collection will be on display as part of this year’s ArtWalk — an annual event put on by Arts Whistler in which local businesses exhibit art by local artists — at The Whistler Real Estate Company from Thursday (Sept. 1) until Nov. 30.

Bodnaruk showed her work in that space during last year’s ArtWalk as well. “It was great,” she said. “(Arts Whistler) is very supportive of the local artists around and I think they’ve been a great support all around in terms of promoting and marketing local artists.”

Another exciting opportunity: she was accepted to exhibit at IDS West Vancouver — an interior design show in Vancouver — from Sept. 22 to 25. “They have a section of the show called ‘Collect’ and they have a limited amount of artists or galleries that are displaying. I’ll have a wall set up there. It’s a prominent and significant show. For me, it’s a big one,” she said.

The show is a perfect fit for Bodnaruk, who also works as an interior designer, a career that fits hand-in-hand with her art.

“I do often go into a home or commercial space and I’ll assess the space and look at it for colour, feel, tone, the materials they use and what the concept is and create pieces designed to suit the space,” she said. “They can be custom or existing pieces from the collection.”

To cap off her busy fall, Bodnaruk is set to launch another collection geared towards nurseries and children’s rooms. “I’ve just done a soft launch on that,” she said. “That’s had really positive feedback. They’re full of hearts and bears and butterflies… Whistler in general has been a fantastic place to grow this business and be inspired from. This whole area is a natural fit, which is really wonderful.”

For more information visit artography27.com.

ArtWalk opening night, meanwhile, kicks off on Thursday (Sept. 1) from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting at Mountain Square. Visit artswhistler.com for more.

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