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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: The Sublime, Smoky Landscapes of Karin Bubaš
November 9, 2013
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LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts.

Name: Karin Bubaš

Born: Vancouver, 1976

Lives and works: Kitsilano, B.C.

This series: Colour Field, a collection of landscape photographs with an eerie twist. "The idea was originally sparked when I was watching the 1960s show The Prisoner," Bubaš told Strombo.com. "There was a scene with coloured smoke and I began wondering whether or not it was possible to “draw” on snowy landscapes (the snow acting like blank paper) with smoke, and if it would read like a tinted mark on nature. So, I literally painted in carefully chosen landscapes of forests and snow with various artificial hues. I documented the results through photographs and small oil paintings."

The difficulty of working with smoke: "Weather conditions and air pressure significantly affected how long the smoke held its shape and how quickly it would dissipate," she said. "None of the pictures really turned out how I imagined. I simply had to light the smoke and wait and see what happened."

What you should know: Much of Bubaš's work consists of meditative photographs depicting different sorts of environments, like an empty high school (Happy Friday Night) or private home (Florence and George). She's also painted smaller portraits of pop culture figures like the casts of The Hills (With Friends Like These) and the 1980s soap opera Dynasty (Dynasty).

What you may not know: Bubaš once worked as a Christmas elf at a mall. "I was 13 and thought it was going to be super fun but the experience really ruined Christmas for me," she said. "The Santas were creepy, the kids screamed, the photographers were also creepy and the parents were stressed."

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