In 2014, Krystal Kiran created the Maple Batalia Memorial Scholarship for the Arts with the aim of honouring Maple’s memory by providing opportunities for up and coming South Asian-Canadian female artists to pursue and fulfill their artistic dreams - a dream Maple was pursuing before her sudden death in 2011. Tisha Deb Pillai, a third-year Animation student, is the first recipient of Maple’s scholarship.
Tisha was working as an Industrial Designer in India prior to attending Emily Carr, and it was her fascination with the narrative aspect of three-dimensional products and the two-dimensional narrative forms that she explored in personal projects that inspired her to pursue Animation. Tisha explains, “Animation gave me the opportunity to combine both my skills of 2D and 3D storytelling. I found Emily Carr’s approach towards Animation fundamentally artistic and author-driven, giving me the flexibility to choose my orientation.”
Having learned the basic principles of traditional hand-drawn and 2d computer animation in the second year, Tisha is now free to focus on experimental animation and 3d character modelling and animation. Animation is not a medium that produces instant results and Tisha talks about the long hours, “I didn’t realize its full extent until I had to sit at the light table from 8am to 11pm every day and do it myself, but more importantly, the hard work you put in ALWAYS pays off once you see the final result. Animation never ceases to surprise, and making things come alive is probably the most gratifying feeling in the world!”
She should know. In her first year of studies she completed five animated shorts from start to finish, all different in style and content. This work ethic serves Tisha well as she is busy creating, setting the foundation of her future plans to work with independent artists and clients to make simple, beautiful and effective animated films.
Tisha welcomed the opportunity to reflect on how she feels about receiving a scholarship named after such a remarkable young woman. “I am deeply honoured to receive the Maple Batalia Memorial Scholarship for the Arts. This scholarship will support my education as a student of Animation at Emily Carr and encourage me to continue striving for excellence. Maple Batalia was 19, a student with an interest in the arts, when her life was tragically cut short. She was unable to fulfill her creative and artistic dreams. I am truly moved by her family’s decision to keep her memory alive in a positive and inspiring manner. I would like to thank Krystal Kiran with all my heart for giving other young students this opportunity.”
If you would like to learn how you can support and inspire students by establishing a student award or if you wish to contribute to the Maple Batalia Memorial Scholarship for Arts, please contact Eva Bouchard, Donor Relations + Awards at 604 630 4553.