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Kenna Savitri Marar
Excellence Award Winner
Digital Art and Design
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Digital Art and Design creates cutting-edge experiences with animation, video, 3D art, interaction design, visual development, and sound design delivered through web, VR, and AR as well as digital and physical games.

Bringing animations to life has always been magical. I enjoy making animation become real to people, so real that you not only see it move, but you understand that character's personality, intentions, and motives. I am drawn to saturated colors when illustrating fictional characters in the fantastical worlds they exist in. Animals, especially when used as metaphors for identity or abstract concepts, also capture my imagination. My work often revolves around subjects like these because it is an escape from reality. I look at art as an alternative to the real. It proposes new situations, scenarios, or prospects that otherwise may never be explored without a suspension of disbelief. Creating work that can spur this same kind of passion in others motivates me to continue my practice of collaborative storytelling, wherein consciously or subconsciously, the input from other creatives always influences the life my animations take on.

What is your most memorable

experience at KCAD?

My most memorable experience at KCAD wasn't any particular day, but the collective memory looking back at how it felt to be surrounded by creative people, all honing their own trade. Any floor you went to, you could find passionate students working on their next big project, whether that was photography students hanging their work to be displayed, painters getting ready for the next session of figure drawing, or Digital Art and Design students avidly discussing the newest animated movie released in theatres and planning a group trip to go see it. Seeing everyone else's passion inspired me to continue doing my best, every moment I was in, and out, of the classroom.

What are your most

notable accomplishments?

Honestly. 2020 was rough. Glad I made it through.

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