Hi Emma and Carolyn! Can you introduce yourselves?
EMMA ORLAND: My name is Emma Orland and I am 16 years old and from Manhattan. I attend an arts high school where I major in film and media and have been actively working as a photographer for over two years.
CAROLYN HALLOCK: My name is Carolyn Hallock and I’m an 18-year-old photographer and fashion enthusiast based in Manhattan. I’m originally from Sag Harbor, New York, but I just started my freshman year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
What is the Sonder Exhibition?
EMMA: Sonder is an art exhibit that Carolyn and I decided to curate because we felt young artists are very under represented in the professional world. We wanted to create a space where these artists could display their work and have their art represent their abilities, not their ages.
CAROLYN: The Sonder Exhibition is an exhibition featuring the work of young artists from around the world. It’s a way for young artists to be able to showcase their work, while being surrounded by other young artists.
What inspired the project?
EMMA: I came up with the idea to put together an art exhibit because of two things: Brittany Natale’s Teen Dream exhibit and the pure feeling of hopelessness. I have always seen young artists be neglected and overlooked as creatives due to their age and wanted to do something about it; I wanted to make something bigger than myself that would mean something to others as it does to me.
CAROLYN: As for the name, we were trying to figure out a unique, meaningful title, when we came across Sonder. The definition of “sonder” is the realization that each random passerby has a mind as vivid and complex as your own. This definition sort of inspired the overall theme of an art exhibition for young artists with vivid and complex minds.
What do you hope to achieve with the exhibition?
EMMA: Through Sonder, we hope to give young artists a professional environment to showcase their artistry without allowing their ages to overshadow their abilities. We hope to invalidate the idea that young artists and professionalism cannot intersect.
CAROLYN: With this exhibition, one of our goals is to give young artists, like ourselves, a platform to show their work. In the art world today, there is a great amount of ageism, limiting the amount of opportunities that young artists have to show their work, and tell their story. Through this exhibition, we hope to show people that artistry has no age range.
How can we check it out? Will there be any digital display of the exhibition for those who can’t visit it in person?
Some of the work on display has been previously published elsewhere or can be found on the artist’s social media in some cases. Additionally, the entire opening event will be filmed and photographed by publications, so hopefully people who can’t make it will be able to experience it digitally through those mediums. Definitely keep an eye on our social media, @SonderExhibit (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook) for more information!
Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Trina! I’m a 20-year-old girl from Saint Louis, USA. I’m a film and digital photographer. I dabble here and there with videography as well. Outside of photography, I am a student at the University of Missouri – Columbia! I am a Textiles and Apparel Management student. I want to have a career that will allow me to incorporate fashion and photography. So I’m considering working in the modeling industry in the future once I graduate from college.
What draws you to portraiture within photography? I have really bad social anxiety, however, I also hate being alone. Shooting with new people or even my friends really helps me cope with my loneliness and allows me to build my social skills as well. I enjoy shooting portraits over something like landscape because I also like capturing the emotion of a person as well. I’m really aware about myself and my emotions. Which leaves me to be curious with other people’s emotions and thoughts as well. A person exude their emotions most of the time and I want to be able to capture that.
How do you choose the people you photograph? I look beyond physical attributes. Just because a person is super gorgeous, they can still appear to look stiff in the portrait. Which is something I avoid. I want to take picture with purpose and want my subject to express emotions. Therefore, I always try to build a relationship with the people I photograph. That way I can earn their trust and help them be more comfortable with being in front of the camera.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a 17-year-old soon-to-be high school senior, who works as a freelance writer but is currently interning at a matchmaking office on the lower east side. My one true love is my black Siamese, Nova, but Harry Styles or young Brad Pitt is a very close second. Other various passions include: rooftop sitting, empty glass bottles, and 99 cent pizza.
Tell us a little about your artistic work process: My “process” heavily varies in that what started as sitting on my bedroom floor watching Netflix, gluing clippings into a notebook, turned into a full blown tactic to avoid boredom in class. Over the last year I developed a ritualistic way of dropping by the art room in my high school, picking up 10-15 magazines (most of which were tossed there by uninterested teachers), getting through a day of classes (I passed this habit off as a focusing method to the point where I didn’t have much authority arguing/caring to), and then dropping everything back. The actual process itself is pretty straight forward; I’ve developed a routine of cutting out 10-20 clippings at a time, placing them, and going back into stash of publications to find more. I’m pretty resourceful in what I use and think the reason why everything comes together so well is because of how eclectic my sources for clippings are but I’ve grown pretty fond of working with National Geographic’s and my cartographer father’s old atlases.
What other artists do you admire and why? Ive been into researching Marina Abramovic and Yayoi Kusama’s older works lately and it’s funny since both artists differ so heavily in medium and style from my own and that might just be why I’m drawn to them. Both Abramovic and Kusama have these vehicles to express pain but in such abstract ways, it’s fascinating, I just love how all over the place, yet cohesive, their art becomes.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a 19-year-old Graphic Design student at Brighton University, I love the colour pink and I’m inspired by 3 main things; Pop art, music videos and arcades.
How would you describe your artistic aesthetic? My artistic aesthetic is surface level in the best way, it’s very ‘what you see is what you get.’ Everything is very loud and pop, the brighter the colour and the bolder the outline the better! Sometimes I like to put my take on social issues such as feminism, and sometimes I prefer to keep my work more about conveying a mood and pleasant aesthetic through colour and content.
What has been the best thing about studying art in school? The best thing about art school is the freedom to do whatever I like, and finding my own visual aesthetic and who I am as a designer/artist/photographer/whoever. It’s also great to be able to do it around such open minded people who all have completely different styles to me, it’s made me much more of a creative person because as it’s pushed me to my limits.
Tell us a bit about yourself: Hi, my name is Emma and I’m a 16-year-old artist from Massachusetts. I love painting, films, and cats.
How did you get started in illustration? I came into illustration as a sort of way to create and tell stories without words. Like I always wanted to tell stories but I struggled to find the words to invoke the emotions I wanted to. Art and painting allowed me to do that.
What inspires your work? I’m inspired a lot by places and people and where they come from. My piece for Sonder was loosely based off of concept art of life on Mars and other science fiction works. Science fiction is a huge motivator for me because anything can happen. I’m also really inspired by just simple living. Like telling the stories of simple things like working and coffee shops and sleeping. I love cityscapes and skies as well.