Grow and Night
dir. Alejandra Macouzet
Grow and Night are two visual poems animated by Alejandra Macouzet, displaying beautifully the transitions between life to death and then what comes after. Using memories, colorful imagery, and soft piano keys, the artist has crafted a heart warming take on the remedies that can come out of the darkness.
Alejandra Macouzet (b. march 1994) is a Mexican painter and illustrator based in Toronto. She studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Universidad de Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Mexico). During this time she had the opportunity to attend Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and Southern Oregon University in Oregon as an international student. The artists' work is romantic and whimsical, creating a juxtaposition between childish lines, naive strokes, and bright colors with themes such as nostalgia and despair. Exploring different materials from printmaking to painting and collage but Alejandra keeps her main focus on digital illustration. She has had the opportunity to participate in different art shows in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Alejandra's work has received acclaim in both Mexico and Canada, winning the Angus F. Macgillivray art bursary from Saint Francis Xavier University in 2017 and placing first in the XXII State Poster Contest for the National Bookfair of Leon in Guanajuato, Mexico. Now, the artist finds herself focusing on her career as an illustrator, collaborating with small brands while hosting a podcast discussing everything to do with illustration. Alejandra's central interest is in children's books with her first picture book, "This Roar is not Mine" being published soon.