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ARTIST FEATURE: Ambivalently Yours

Interview of Ambivalently Yours by Sophie Pellegrini

What do you hope to convey with your work?

Empathy. I think the most important aspect of my work, especially the drawings, is empathy. I don’t think there is anything more comforting than knowing that someone else is able to understand and share your feelings. Once you have that, everything else is a little less scary. That is why I take drawing requests and share my personal stories online: I want other people to know that someone out there get’s it.

How would you define feminism? What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism is about advocating for equality. The tricky thing is that the word “equality” doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone.  To some people it means “the same”, so when women ask for equal rights, some people think that women want to be treated like men. For me, equality means that I can still be a woman, no matter what being a woman means to me, and be as valued as a man. In other words, people should be allowed to be different and still be treated equally.

“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.”  ― Ernest Hemingway

“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.”  ― Ernest Hemingway

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by stories, the stories people tell me, the stories I read, the stories I binge watch on Netflix, the stories people share with me online.

List five things that fascinate you.

The Internet: the way it has changed the way we communicate and interact, the way it helps people both find each other and become isolated, the way it fuels my art.

Fictional stories (from movies, books, TV…): what I learn from them, the power they have over me, the way I can get so emotionally invested in them, even when I know they are fictional.

Social interactions: the way we communicate with others, verbally and physically, the awkwardness, the miscommunications, and the messiness of it all.

Colour: the emotional response I have to pretty colours, the way I colour code every thing and person in my brain.

Contradictions: I think it is impossible to just love or just hate something. I think there is always a bit of contradiction in everything we do and feel. I am interested in those contradictions, the way we deal with them, the way we try to hide them, and the way we let them shine.

What is something you are afraid of?

I think I’m pretty much afraid of everything. I’m afraid of my own fear, the power it has over me sometimes, the way it holds me back. Every day is a fight against my own fear.

If you could give your 13-year-old self one piece of wisdom, what would it be?

Learn about Riot Grrrl and feminism, it will change your life. Keep drawing, because eventually people will care. Also, don’t date Simon. You will meet him in a few years, and he is bad news.

What do you believe are some of the hardest things about being a teen girl in today’s society?

I think teenage girls are dismissed too easily in today’s society. People need to learn to listen to teenage girls more, because they have a lot of really important things to say. There is an amazing and radical feminist movement happening online right now, that is lead entirely by teenage girls and no one is really seeing it. I feel like adults keep trying to save teenage girls from the media, from society, from Miley Cyrus, from themselves, but meanwhile, no one is actually listening to teenage girls or taking them seriously.

“Cause there ain’t no flame that can blaze enough To trump being hated for the way you love” -Brother Ali, Tight Rope

Check out Ambivalently Yours’s Tumblr for more of her art and a lot of great advice.

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Ambivalently Yours

Ambivalently Yours is a feminist artist. Find her on her Tumblr, Facebook, and website.

Sophie Pellegrini

Sophie Pellegrini is the Co-Founder and Artistic & Creative Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a 25-year-old photographer and wilderness therapy field guide in Colorado. She loves crafting, playing acoustic guitar, 90s music, the smell of summer, making lists, a good nap, cuddly animals, and the cold side of the pillow. Follow Sophie on her website and on Instagram.

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