A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Emily Coll

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces approximately every two weeks. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Senior AP Art Portfolio Show in the Berg Gallery on the evening of April 24.

“Art History, color, composition, process, meaning… all of these things captivated Emily’s attention, and still do! Emily’s artwork encompasses multiple mediums. She has the perfect balance in her mixed media pieces, showcasing her wide range of abilities and interests,” said Fine Arts instructor Rebecca Hoadley. “Emily is vivacious and passionate, her artwork carries a depth that demands conversation and raises deeper questions. Emily’s award-winning artwork has recently received Regional Gold recognition, and is currently entered among students competing nationally in New York. Congratulations, Emily!”

Emily’s Artist Statement: I’ve always been fascinated by the human condition. There is something so beautiful about not being able to understand anything about human emotion. I’m taking psychology right now, and my teacher says that all of our processes are just chemicals, yet I know that what I feel is real. My concentration is about exploring human ambiguity. Throughout my pieces, I am expressing my relative truth and figuring out how I relate to the world. My process is a little random. I carry around a little notebook that I put all of my ideas in. When I start a new piece I look through these ideas and which ever resonates to me at that moment is what I decide to create. I usually have a very specific vision for each of my pieces. Ironically, none of them ever turn out the way that I originally expected, but sometimes it’s almost better. 

I want to convey emotion, and do it in a way that is new and yet also true to who I am. Throughout this year I’ve been experimenting with a couple different mediums: graphite, charcoal, pen, watercolor, and even yarn. For me the real joy in art is being able to create something that I can barely describe in words. Throughout this process I have explored how I relate to the world. At first it was just about attempting to explain human emotions, but it has grown to encompass my personal growth as well as a deeper understanding of myself. One of the fundamental realizations I’ve had is that every emotion that I am attempting to invoke is valid. It’s okay  to be sad or angry or tired, and while being happy is amazing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I always need to feel the pressure to be happy. I hope that you all can see a little bit of me throughout these pieces.