The Heart2Art Project's Gillian Rule interviewed Chloe Hammarstrom, a 15 year old high schooler living in Huntington Beach, about her experience as a young artist. Here's what she had to say:
Gillian Rule: What is your passion and when did it begin? How did it develop and grow throughout your life?
Chloe Hammarstrom: My passion is putting my thoughts into something that I can see with my eyes. It is different every day and it grows with my realizations and my experiences in life.
GR: How do you express yourself creatively? What mediums do you use?
CH: I take my visions and use acrylic or oils on any form of surface.
GR: Where do you draw your inspiration from? Is there a particular artist that you find inspirational?
Aside from visual artists, are there any artists in music, film, or other mediums that have inspired you as well?
CH: Every single person that I have ever seen, listened to, heard of, talked to, or know of has affected my art but the number one person/artist is my mother.
GR: While more spotlight is being brought to the voices of our generation in recent years, history has shown that the perspectives, activism, and art of teenagers are often dismissed. Have you personally experienced this as a teenager?
CH: I have yet to meet one person who’s age is older than mine who genuinely accepts what I do. I actually am determined that no one can be fully satisfied with what I do because of how young I am. I would like to say that that doesn’t affect me because I do it for myself, but that would be a lie.
GR: Do you have a favorite piece that you have created? Can you explain it and why it is your favorite?
CH: I have never explained anything I create because I cannot understand it myself.
GR: Describe your art making process in three words.
CH: Idea, [anxiety] before, [anxiety] after.
GR: Do you feel like your art is representative of your experiences as a teenager? As you get older, do you think that your artistic style will change?
CH: It perfectly represents my teenage experiences. It shows my whole mind with the emotions that surround it. my style has changed and grown so much and it will never stop. my life will constantly change and that is all I paint about.
GR: Any last words or advice you would like to share?
CH: Live your own life.
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