Artist - Jesi the Elder

Jesi The Elder is a self-taught animator experimenting frame by frame since 2005. Her work is full of chimeric landforms, melting bodies, radical womanhood, sentient objects, and disarming ruptures of time and space.

Jesi the Elder - With the over 3500 frames for "Beneath the Air"

Inspired by her nomadic lifestyle, Jesi the Elder's animated short films and music videos are a fever-dream travelogue. Her animations are diaries of her most traversed landscape: that of her own vivid imagination.

What part of Canada are you from Jesi?
Toronto, Ontario.

What role do you play in the creation of animation?
Director/Animator/Editor/Sound FX.

"Hand painting 3500 frames for 'Beneath the Air'"

"Barfy Yellow Cartoon Frames"

"Barfy Yellow Cartoon in 3D Form"

What inspired you to create animation?
Animation is the most affordable way to materialize my dreams.

"Barfy Yellow Frames"

I also like to walk to my every destination, feeling each and every step, touching every single frame.
At the end it satisfies me in a maternal sort of way, watching something take gravity and come to life.

What project are you working on now?
I've been creating an animated diary entitled "Blossom" for the past couple years.

I draw a few frames every day, but sometimes I've animated sequences that months later I realize were premonitions.

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
Michele Cournoyer is an incredible animator whose work taught me that I don't need to work with conventional narrative. That you can tell a whole story through the weight of a drawing or explain a relationship by how an object shifts into the other.

Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
I feel very confident about my little cousin Falo, check her out.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
I'm a member at the Toronto Animated Image Society.

To see more work from Jesi the Elder, check out her website: