Hey there. My name is Evie, and I am a junior at LaGuardia High School (you know, the Fame school where everyone supposedly breaks into song and dances on the lunch tables) where I am a fine arts major (I can’t sing or dance to save my life). I have lived in the same house in Park Slope since I was born.
My mother is Jewish, and the first member of her family to be born in America, and my father is Italian. I suppose that wraps up the cold facts on the bio.
OK. Moving on.
Art has always been a big part of my life. I began scribbling on the walls of my bedroom when I was old enough to hold a crayon and have been drawing and painting ever since. I love art because it is my own pictorial language that I use to express myself—especially the things that are difficult to put into words. In addition to drawing and painting I have a great love of music (just listening) and reading. My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Tom Robbins, and Dr. Seuss. Yeah Seuss! You rock!
I wanted to be in Youth Insights because of the exposure it would give me to the art world. I’ve learned so much already about the dynamics of how a museum works, and how an artist gets shown at a museum. It’s really opened my eyes to the many different jobs there are in the art world. I really enjoy working with people of all different ages. Little kids are great because of their honesty and fresh ideas which many older people seem to miss or forget. I think it’s rewarding working with my elders because of their history and wisdom.
Some of my favorite artists are Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele, Georgia O’Keeffe, Barbara Kruger, and Cindy Sherman. I love Expressionists, particularly the dark, distorted and sometimes gothic images of Schiele and Munch. I also have a great respect and admiration of Georgia O’Keeffe. I am drawn to her work because she takes small things and makes them big, and creates worlds within flowers we didn’t even know existed. I also admire her because she was one of the first female artists to be accepted into the male-dominated art world, which is encouraging to me since I am a young female artist. I also admire and love Kruger and Sherman’s work because of their striking images in photography that appeal to my tastes of the severe and absurd.
In three years I hope to be studying to be an art therapist at a good art college, living on my own, and having a good time.