In conversation with Samay Arcentales Cajas:

In conversation with Natalie King, artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur Samay Arcentales Cajas, Cajas shares personal insights into the profound connections between art, family, and cultural heritage, venturing into the realm of art, language, and filmmaking, offering a glimpse into Cajas's creative process and the ways in which language influences their cinematic storytelling. 

A significant portion of the conversation is dedicated to the design process of an animated short film, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic decisions and inspirations that shape Cajas's work. The interview then pivots towards the practical aspects of free-lancing, with Cajas offering valuable tips on setting boundaries and staying organized to maintain balance in the creative workflow.

The discussion expands to encompass the broader theme of work-life balance and its impact on creative projects, offering insights into Cajas's approach to managing various aspects of their professional and personal life. The interview takes a reflective turn as Cajas explores the intersections of art, identity, and intergenerational trauma, shedding light on the profound role of creativity in healing.Cajas shares perspectives on the joy inherent in art-making, emphasizing the transformative power of creativity in shaping one's identity and personal narrative. The conversation further explores the themes of Indigenous identity, support, and belonging, underscoring the importance of community in Cajas's artistic journey.

As the interview progresses, Cajas discusses the symbiotic relationship between art, identity, and community support, offering a glimpse into the ways in which these elements converge in their work. The dialogue concludes with a forward-looking exploration of Indigenous identity, art, and compassion, as well as a preview of Cajas's upcoming projects in the realm of Indigenous fashion arts. 

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