Aimée van Drimmelen is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and arts programmer based in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Working in diverse media—from painting and drawing to film, sound, and animation—her work explores rhythms of the natural world, interconnection, and what lies beyond.
For her Zócalo Sketchbook, van Drimmelen combined the look of watercolor painting, woodcuts, crayon etchings, and fabric painting. Remixing them into her own brand of illustrative digital magic, she’s immortalized for us a northern flicker, a starling, sword ferns, broad-leaf maple seeds turned into weird moths, and Strobilurus trullisatus—a tiny mushroom that grows on Douglas-fir pine cones.
“These arrangements are based on observations and feelings around living close to nature for the first time, noticing so many small things because there’s nothing else to distract me,” she tells Zócalo. “My mind is wandering to interesting places, imaging things that aren’t necessarily there.” The nighttime world, especially, engenders these conditions that she’s come to think about as high visibility: “Walking at night, when it is so dark, many objects covered with dew glow when you shine a light on them in the same way reflective material would,” she says.