Meet Sarah Legault, this year's JUNOS' "Video of the Year" winner, and Stingray Rising Stars prize recipient! She directed and animated the video for iskwē's song "Little Star." This award-winning video is both beautiful and impactful, conveying the theme of missing and murdered Indigenous women and youth. Sarah Legault sat down with us, so you can get to know the artist behind the work, her inspirations, and more!
Interview with Sarah Legault, Stingray Rising Stars and JUNOs award winner!
What is your earliest artistic memory?
My earliest artistic memory was scribbling with my aunt Laurie on paper, and her telling me to try and find images within the scribbles as we coloured them in.
Where/When did you become an artist professionally?
I moved to London Ontario in 2002, because I wanted to get involved in the vibrant arts scene that I discovered. I later had my first group art exhibition in 2004 (with many to follow).
Who and what are your main influences?
I do have many influences in my life. To name a few: I adore the animations of The Quay Brothers, the storytelling and visuals of Guillermo Del Toro, the down to earth and prolific energy driven powers of Nile Rodgers, and out of the box creators such as Salvador Dali, Marina Abramović and David Lynch.
How did you come to do the music video for iskwē?
iskwē, contacted me after seeing a project that I animated and co-directed for Billy Talent - A Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats. I then went to see her perform in Hamilton Ontario, at the Cotton Factory, and introduced myself to her after the show - at this point we started to brainstorm ideas for a music video over the following year.
What do you plan to do with the prize money?
It will more than likely be used to help create future projects.
If you had to live inside a music video for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
This is a very hard (but great) question… a lot of videos that I admire are videos that would be more of a nightmare scenario to live in for the rest of my life.
At the moment I would have to say; Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel - The Clock At The Back Of the Cage, Directed by: Christy Louise Flaws, Chris Bennett, & Luke O’Connor.
I love the directors vision of a large scale interchangeable dreamscape, made up of bedroom materials. I feel like living in this environment, you’d quickly master the ability to build new scenes in order to control your environment and create your next adventure.
Follow Sarah Legault’s work!
Instagram - @the_art_of_sarah_legault
Twitter - @Sarah_Legault
Personal Websites: http://www.sarahlegault.com/