Artistic inspirations


Photo by Yousuf El-Jayyousi

Yousuf El-Jayyousi

[vc_empty_space height=”30″][vc_separator color=”chino” style=”shadow”][vc_empty_space height=”30″]While she finds herself experimenting in all kinds of mediums, senior Emily Wawrzyniak tends to find herself enjoying graphite the most.
As a child, Wawrzyniak felt discouraged by her parents when told she would not be able to pursue a career in the art industry as it is not a source of steady income. However, they still support her producing art in her free time.
This pressure has led her to changing what she would like pursue later in life. She now hopes to major in animal science after high school. While she does feel that she would have made this decision regardless of her parents, Wawrzyniak has not let that change her passion for art.
“I still kept doing what I was doing,” Wawrzyniak said. “It didn’t change anything”
Wawrzyniak tries to tell happy stories of her past through her work. One of her examples of this was moving back and forth between schools, making it difficult for her to keep tight friendships, then she shows some of the positive outcomes of these times as child in her concentration piece.
“I like to think about happier things, because I just always wanted to be happy,” Wawrzyniak said .[vc_empty_space height=”30″][vc_separator color=”chino” style=”shadow”][vc_empty_space height=”30″]As a perfectionist who pays a lot of attention to detail, senior Lydia Thompson is drawn to using mediums such as graphite and oil pastels as they allow her to make her work more precise.
At times, Thompson feels as though she is seen as an “air head” but is able to counter this through showing her creativity in art.
“Art helps my friends and family see me more clearly,” Thompson said.
Art tends to run in the Thompson family. With both her sister and mother being active producers of art, Thompson feels the need to create better and higher quality pieces that match that of her sister and mother.
“It’s not necessarily them putting pressure on me but it’s me wanting to be as good as them,” Thompson said. “I get pressure from their art because of how good they are.”
One of the ways she finds that she is motivated is in the types of mediums she works with. She finds that many times what her sister or mother are working with can influence what mediums she uses in her current art pieces.
However, Thompson does not experience stress due to any outside influence. She recognizes that for some it can be very stressful, but it is only what one wants that pressure to be.
“It’s actually distressful for me. I would rather [pressure] motivate me, so that’s what I chose for it to do.”[vc_empty_space height=”30″][vc_separator color=”chino” style=”shadow”][vc_empty_space height=”30″]Currently experimenting with printmaking, senior Ian Koopman enjoys trying many different mediums with his artwork as he believes that’s what makes him grow as an artist.
Koopman comes from a family working in the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) field, making it more difficult for him to convey some of his pieces to his family. For this reason, Koopman writes artist statements to explain his art pieces
“Giving [my mother] an insight to my creative process helps us mesh a little more in terms of art,” Koopman said.
Koopman finds art classes help him bond with others in the class as they create things together. These connections also help them push each other and improve each other’s art.
“We are able to look at each other’s pieces objectively in order to provide each other with constructive criticism,” Koopman said.
Starting late to an introduction of art and such creative processes in his sophomore year, Koopman worries that he may be looked at as someone who is incapable in the art institute which he plans to attend. He believes others who have had an early start to training in art will have an advantage which will necessitate him to push harder.
“I’m a little bit afraid that people really won’t like my work and will be harsh about it,” Koopman said.