CHLOE RAYMUNDO

Cycle Two (2D Visual Arts) Winner

Chloe Raymundo won Cycle Two with her submission inspired by "Axis." 

"...[A]rt is a mess. The most delightful, creative mess I've had the privilege to indulge myself in." — Chloe Raymundo

TELL EVERYONE ABOUT YOURSELF & WHAT'S GOING ON FOR YOU RIGHT NOW? 

 

I want you to make a line in a sketch, read aloud a line from a play, or think hard about your line of work. You just might happen upon a revelation. Hello, my name is Chloe Raymundo. I've done all of the above, and it has led me to who I am today: an overly ambitious eighth grader with a penchant for art and acting. I have to credit my passions to everyone who has ever supported me, complimented my work, and shown me that life isn't about coloring inside the lines, it's about creating something exhilarating and poetic - and that's what I intend to do.

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION FOR ART? 

I can find inspiration in the lyrics of a song or the rhythm of a poem, the title of a book or its final sentence. Whether I draw up a scene from a dream or a fragment from a memory, I can be assured that I'll find a way to transform it through a number of mediums. Ideas can be in anything so long as my imagination is up to the challenge.

IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SHORT LETTER TO A "FUTURE YOU," WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

I suppose that depends on how far into the future I am. Then again, whenever I am, I'm still a variation of who I am currently. This means that anything I have to say to myself, I would already know. Nevertheless, I would ask myself if I'm happy, and if not, ask myself what I can do to change that. I would tell myself that I trust myself to make the right decision for my further future self, and tell myself to make me proud to be me. I'd remind myself that I'm an artist.

IN WHAT WAY(S) DO YOU FEEL DRAWING OR PAINTING HELPS YOU?

When everything has gone wrong, and I've messed up badly, it's nice to know that at least I have a pencil. If nothing else, I can make myself a line. It doesn't have to be perfect or even pretty, in the slightest. Just clear enough that I remember this line later, and more importantly not to cross it. Drawing is like that for me. Always teaching me the strangest things, but it distracts me sometimes, and when someone appreciates it, I get a serotonin boost.

WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WRITING ALONGSIDE THE MUSIC FROM GENTLE DRAGONS?

Gentle Dragons is a splendid series of music. It wasn't difficult to listen to the seven songs, visualizing what each was telling me until I came to a song that was brave enough to tell me what it was like, and guide my mind to the most accurate visual of itself. From there, I simply imagined a scene and did my best to put it on paper until I came up with something worthy enough to be shown and hopefully, do Axis justice.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WISH TO SHARE?

I want to thank you for reading this, and thank Ms. Emma Paunil for giving me, and countless others this opportunity. I'd also like to take this chance to say that art is a mess. The most delightful, creative mess I've had the privilege to indulge myself in. I invite you to try your hand at it, because everyone should have a chance to create. If you want my advice, start with a line.

A WORD FROM EMMA PAUNIL

I wanted to share my appreciation for this creative interpretation of my musical work. I adore the choice of environment. Axis, the gentle dragon, can be seen comfortably adorned with snow — what a unique juxtaposition to the typical depiction of the Western dragon! Not only is the mystical creature at home in the beautiful snow, we see Axis standing overtop a blossomed flower. Is this to protect the growth of something precious? Or is this growth made possible by this creature's presence? Incredible work Chloe! 

Chloe's interpretation of the song, Axis, from the album, Gentle Dragons.

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