Christiane Cegavske is an artist currently enjoying a full-time faculty position in the animation department at Kansas City Art Institute and working on her second animated feature film, Seed in the Sand. Her work leans toward surrealism, with her paintings tending to be rendered realistically and her films usually involving anthropomorphic creatures in fancy costumes. The imagery is inspired by her own mythic imaginings that have been drawn from many sources. In addition to the world around her, inspirations include Bosch, Botticelli, Frida Khalo, Jan Svankmajer, Ladislas Starewich, Leonora Carington, Joseph Campbell, ancient mythology and many more.
Christiane’s best known animated film is her feature length work, Blood Tea and Red String, completed in 2005. In 2010 she made a music video for Mark Growden’s song Coyote from his album Saint Judas. Other animated films include Making a Friend (2009) and Blood and Sunflowers (1996). She is also working on a collection of paintings entitled Little Red, which tells a story of sorts. She plans to publish the collection as an art book. She has published two books of poetry and art. The newest is A Raven in the Looking Glass. The first one, A Raven Went Out Walking, was originally done as a hand-bound book and is now available in an affordable printed version. She also loves to sew her own fancy outfits and dolls and has created a limited edition board game called Doll Hunt.
In addition to being an independent film maker, painter, poet, doll maker and educator; she has been a lead animator and sculptor working on projects for The Oxygen Network, VH1, the Disney Channel and Fox at Space Bass Films Inc. and Acme Filmworks in Los Angeles and on a variety of projects with Bent Image Lab in Portland, Oregon. She created animated dream sequences for Asia Argento’s The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.
Her website at www.christianecegavske.com contains information on all of her projects.