Magazine article The Fader

Footbotes: Jesse Kanda

Magazine article The Fader

Footbotes: Jesse Kanda

Article excerpt

The cover art and liner notes for Arca's debut album come from 3D designer and animator Jesse Kanda. A longtime collaborator of the producer's, he based the visual concept for Xen on Arca's childhood alter ego of the same name. "They are all portraits of Xen," Kanda explained to us over email, naming some of the quotidian inspirations behind those strangely mutated, luminous figures, lurching out of the darkness like fragments of a dream.

Directness

In my work, I try my best to make every decision count and mean something. It's often minimal, but it makes whatever is there mean more.

Confidence

I think confidence is key to happiness. Showing yourself and the world who you are takes confidence, and when you do it, I think it makes you a better person. I love portraying confidence in my work.

Body

I don't really use dialogue in my stuff. …

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