Hillside Festival 2019

July 12 – 14

Official 2019 Artwork

Meet the creator of this year's official artwork: Maria Ibarra

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Maria Ibarra (FERU is her artistic name) has, since 1999, called Canada home. She currently resides in Guelph, Ontario. Writer, painter, sculptor, and Illustrator, Maria explores many media and is currently passionate about an expressive form most of us remember with fondness: plasticine. It dominates her current work and inspires her creation of a fantasy world. She has worked in plasticine since she was very young, finding the material the perfect match for her storybook illustrations and themes.  

The meaning of happiness, the small details in life that make the difference, childhood dreams, all those things we forget as we lose our innocence, and the unstoppable goodbye of childhood, are the predominant themes of her work. These themes come alive through thousands of colourful dots on a board, each worked by hand with patience and care for the right detail, like a fine work of jewelry. 

For Hillside, Maria wanted to convey the sense that the summer festival is bursting with life and hope, and so she created two large trees, full with green leaves, set against a pulsating sky and rolling lake. 

Read the full Maria Ibarra bio. You can follow Feru on Instagram at feru200016

Other works by Maria Ibarra (FERU):

Image of trees made with plasticene

Plasticine art depicting two women