Grammys 2023 Q&A: Grammy-nominated alumnus explores digital art, musical depth with 3D box set


Berit Gwendolyn Gilma delivers innovative 3D visions in a deluxe box set.

The design media arts alumnus earned a Grammy nomination as art director of the limited package for “Big Mess,” the 2021 album by film composer and industrial rock singer-songwriter Danny Elfman. On Sunday, Gilma will compete in the category of Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package as the only solo female artist among four other nominees. The Big Mess box – embossed with Elfman’s digital portrait – contains a hardcover artbook of unreleased 3D renders, a soft cover lyric booklet, a signed art print and four LPs in distinctive jackets. A life-size sculpture of Elfman’s hand completes the box, which Gilma said is a poetic and personal idea as hands are crucial parts of a musician’s craft.

Gilma spoke with the Daily Bruin’s Christine Kao on how she foregrounded contemporary aesthetics and Elfman’s 3D portraits to build the box set’s look with digital tools.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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