2021-23 Chris J Melnychuk Scholarship Recipient
About Pocholo Cabarroguis
Cholo is an independent Calgary-based artist, working primarily in digital illustration. Born in the Philippines and raised in Canada, they are a self-taught visual artist who’s worked in various mediums including digital illustration, graphic design, painting, printmaking, and very recently, animation. Though passionate about art through and through, they are also passionate about music (being involved in CJSW Radio), comics (especially independent or alt comics), film (loves Tarkovsky and Varda), and cooking (as a hobby).
Cholo aims to bring a sense of universally understood comfort and solace, especially in times of distance and turmoil. Through their work, they hope to explore themes of empathy, community, melancholy, belonging versus alienation, escapism versus reality, gender expression and queer identity, and post-turmoil catharsis.
About the CJM Scholarship Film:
Set in an RPG-like fantasy world, Tavern Trail is a light vignette which follows the life of a travelling kitchen-in-a-caravan (basically a fantasy food truck) as it traverses the lands and feeds those in it. Warm and cozy story, with a focus on fantasy adaptations of real world food and cooking techniques. Aimed to evoke the comfort associated with animated food scenes from Ghibli films.