MILA JONES CANN
A digital art director by profession and artist by trade, my work and art focus on dualism and perception. As an art director, I balance art and technology, form and function, static and dynamic, reality and abstraction to shape and manipulate perceptions. As an artist, I use these concepts to explore perception within the context of subjective reality and the fluid nature of existence within the macrocosm.
“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”
EXISTENCE IS FLUID
I begin each piece by cultivating a mental landscape through the meditative process of automatic drawing. While painting, I embrace the organic patterns, fractals and unpredictable forms that naturally occur through the manipulation and interaction of fluids.
I believe the most fascinating thing about our material existence is the interconnectedness of all things in the universe on an atomic level. I work with metallic pigments – copper, silver and gold – as the origins of these elements began within the cores of dying stars. They are a symbol of our universal ties to the cosmos, and the cycles of life, death and rebirth. Our existence is fluid; under the right conditions we come together for a time – shaped by our environment and limitations, but also able to forge our own path, and carry things with us until we leave behind only evidence of what we’ve changed.
What separates the human experience from the material world is consciousness; our dreams, memories, and subjective realities. Human perception – the observer – is the final piece in the totality of a landscape. The reflective qualities of metallics serve as a metaphor for this, as their appearance is dependent on the perspective of the observer. I further entertain the perceptions of the viewer through pareidolia (a psychological phenomenon wherein familiar images may be perceived in random or ambiguous visual data). I achieve this by presenting limited organic forms, while leaving areas of ambiguity that allow the viewer’s mind to seek patterns and complete the image. This intended vagueness of time, place and form allow the viewer perceive their own landscape through their individual perceptions of my work.
“A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.”
BRANDING + UI DESIGN
I create beautiful, responsive and interactive user interfaces for the web and mobile applications. I also craft visual brand identities.
I’ve worked on projects for the Forest Products Association of Canada, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Government of New Brunswick, Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs, IGG Software, and BuildFire Inc., as well as countless startups, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”
Chasing Ghosts is a series of photographs portraying locations reputed to be haunted from across Eastern Canada and the United States.
Over the course of several years, I had the opportunity to travel with Maritime Paranormal to private and landmark locations extending from Louisburg, Nova Scotia to Maritime Paranormal is a research group spanning the Maritime provinces, whose members study and document reports of paranormal phenomena; specifically ghosts and hauntings.
My interest in the paranormal began with my experiences with sleep paralysis during adolescence and early adulthood. Sleep paralysis is a naturally-occurring phenomenon where the experient loses the ability to move or speak during the transition between wakefulness and sleep. This is often accompanied by terrifying hallucinations, and is the source of the Old Hag folklore, among many others around the world.
I’ve always been drawn to remnants of the past. Through my work with MP, I’ve been very fortunate to be guest to several non-profits, including nationally and provincially designated historic sites. This privilege has provided me with a unique opportunity to explore and photograph these historically significant locations and discover their stories on a more intimate level.
From The Blog
Everybody scrolls. But, in some cases adding a cue to scroll isn’t such a bad idea – especially