Christy Heyob is a Pasadena-based animator that explores the connections between visual stimuli and wellbeing. She holds an MFA in Animation from the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) and a BFA in Computer Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Heyob has been exploring how animation can effectively be employed to aid patient recovery in the stressful environments of hospitals and healthcare treatment facilities. Motivated by her own experience of physical and emotional discomfort within hospitals and healthcare centers, as both researcher and patient, Heyob has studied the history of hospital design and physiological reactions to space.
While pursuing her MFA at CalArts she researched and corroborated her theories that animation can stimulate wellness with doctors, nurses and neuroscientists across the country. During this research period she also attended workshops and classes through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and UC Santa Barbara. Heyob has consulted on the creation of meditative installations that employed her uniquely calming computer generated and direct technique animation. In addition she has completed a number of form, color and environmental animation studies.
She currently works with fellow animators and technologists to develop both passive and interactive therapy solutions that include an environmental therapy game and mobile-platform for stress relief. Heyob currently is a member of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health (SAH), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Association Internationale du Film D’Animation (ASIFA) and the Pasadena Arts Council.