I’ve been taking photos since January 2014. Before that I took photography in high school. I’ve been making art all my life, but hadn’t taken it seriously until about 2 years ago, when I started coming to Re-create.
What made you gravitate to photography?
I was making photo transfers for collages, and I wanted to use my own photos. I picked up a camera and found it easier to express myself than through painting or any other art form. I kept coming back to Re-create and found that I really enjoyed taking photos, which led to different projects, like the “Beautiful Things" project. This was a series of photos about taking Hamilton as a city & Hamilton as the people and showing the audience that Hamilton has real beauty, based on a song by Michael Gungor (“Beautiful Things).
Where did the show come from? What inspired the show?
Having a solo show has always been a secret dream of mine. Last May, during National Youth Arts Week we watched Inocente, a documentary about a young artist who had her first solo show. I was really inspired by that, and how much peace she got out of it, as well how much responsibility she had and her creativity! I wanted that.
Tell me about the meaning (or no meaning) of the show.
The funny part about it is that there is no meaning – it’s open for interpretation between the viewer & the show. At first I had sat down with my ideas for the show and they weren’t quite right… when I had a good idea, it wasn’t working out. So with 2 ½ months until the day of the opening, I was sitting at the table, and was like “You know what? Screw it – we’re not going to have a meaning!” I got some good feedback on this – and thus the Untitled Project began!
What were some of the best parts about having your own art show?
One of the best parts was having it be mine: I had full reign of creativity. It was cool not to have to follow a theme that someone else had made up. Another cool part was that through this, I really saw community come together: all my friends came out, but I also met strangers at the opening, and got to talk with them. It was really challenging to have to explain my art to strangers – but in a really good way.
I think the third best part was seeing it come together, with Brett DJ'ing, and Melissa & Amber helping with set-up, and friends who came out, the community wall – all the support from people to make the show happen.
If you could say one thing to young artists what would it be?
Eat pizza! No just kidding. I would say: Chase your dreams. Despite the cliché, it’s something that youth really loose sight of in the chaos of their lives. Because when you see past the chaos and you start to chase your dreams, in a way, you will discover yourself. A key part of chasing dreams is to do whatever you need to do. For me, it was asking to have an art show – it was a simple thing but took a lot of courage, but when it happened it was life-changing. Don’t underestimate yourself, because the outcome will surprise you!
“Don’t run from your dreams – chase them.” (Parker Boer)