In our community of amazing artists, there is a group of emerging artists that have one special thing in common - their age. Young artists are just as talented as their more experienced counterparts and are enthusiastic about pursuing their passion in this highly competitive industry. Age does not define talent - hard work and passion does.
We are proud to present our Young Emerging Artist Series that showcases our young talent in their own spot light. We ask them a series of questions that provides us an insight into their art journey thus far.
Our first artist to be featured is 19-year-old Singaporean Tania Yasmin.
1. How did you become an artist?
Ever since I was a little kid, I remember coming home from school everyday and rushing to watch “Art Attack”. I’d make little projects out of things I found around the house and present it to my parents when they came home. I guess from there, I never really grew out of it as I continued engaging myself in art daily. Growing up, I found myself always gravitating towards art instead of academia.
What makes me different from other artists is how I use my art as a form of visual poetry
2. Was there anything that encouraged the growth and love of art while you were growing up?
My family and friends have always been very supportive of my liking for the arts. My parents let me paint murals on the house walls at a very young age and would always buy me new art materials. I got excited whenever they bought me presents like crayon sets and metallic pens. Every time I received my birthday present, it would be something that encouraged creativity. My family friends funded my private art master classes in Thailand to help develop my technical skills.
I also grew up around a lot of artists, since there are quite a few artists in my family. Every family reunion or gathering, I would take the opportunity to learn new art skills. Apart from that, growing up in School of The Arts Singapore (SOTA), I was around very creative people every day. It made me obsessed with the arts.
3. Who are your biggest inspirations/ influences as an artist?
I like Renaissance, Baroque and Medieval art. I get inspired by the clothing worn by people of that time. I also get inspired by designer labels such as Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Givenchy and Balmain, especially Balmain. Architecture by Mohamed Hadid inspires me as well.
From top left, clockwise: "Badra X Durrah", "NADIA" and "Blue Blood."
4. What makes you different from other artists?
I think what makes me different from other artists is how I use my art as a form of visual poetry. I work a lot with flowers such as roses, and I use little symbols and their connotations to narrate a story.
5. What do you see as an advantage of being a young emerging artist today?
Today, with social media, I feel like art has become increasingly accessible to the young and the public in general. Having a rather large Instagram following as well, I feel like I am able to influence and inject art into the daily lives of teenagers and young adults who follow me. I gave gotten comments and messages from my followers telling me that I have inspired them to start drawing again, or they look at my art and would have an urge to just pick up a pen and doodle. It is really great. Also, with social media, I am able to discover other artists my age and get inspired by their art, creating a ripple effect.
6. What’s your biggest challenge right now, and how do you plan to overcome that?
The biggest challenge for me now is simply accepting the fact that not everyone enjoys the art I create. I am still developing my skills and exploring, and I have a long way to go. I have to learn that with regards to my art, I will not be able to please everyone so I have to learn how to handle criticism. Also, another challenge I face is realizing that some people view my art simply as a pretty picture while others take the time to understand my visual poetry.
7. What’s the best advice you’ve received as an artist?
The best advice I have received as an artist is from my art mentor who told me that art is not only something you create, but is also a fundamental part of your character. These two are intertwined and cannot exist singularly. So when you create art, always get in touch with the deeper part of your heart and mind in order to discover new things about yourself and understand yourself better.
For more of her works, check out Tania Yasmin's profile page.