1. When did you first start getting serious about art?
I've always been interested in different versions of the arts. I performed dance for several years, did some fashion design through grade school and got into performing plays and musicals alongside my photography. More recently I've been getting into drawing and sketching.
2. What would you say is your genre or style?
I think I have more of a provoking style, I try to make people think or bring out certain emotions or memories with my work and try to connect with the viewer better.
3. Do you hope to have a career in art one day? If so, any particular area?
I do hope to have a career in art one day, most likely acting with photography as a sideline job.
4. What inspires you the most to create your art?
I think that life and nature inspire me. A lot of my photography is of movement or nature to capture a moment in time with artistic style and form.
5. What artists or creative people do you look up to?
I look up to Ariana Grande a lot. She puts her heart into her work and always does her job to the best of her ability. She also really enjoys helping others which is something I'd love to do if I had more free time.
6. Do you have any direct experience with bullying?
I have plenty of direct experience with bullying. I remember being bullied ever since the first grade and now, in grade eleven, it still happens to me. I know it doesn't get easier to take, but it almost becomes a way of living and something you grow to expect out of people when you've had as much experience being the victim as I have.
7. Do you think art can change behaviour and cultural norms?
I think art can be a starting point for changing behaviour and cultural norms. If the artist can provoke a reaction, emotion or sympathy from their viewer it'll leave them thinking. Thinking about the work will lead to the viewer changing their way of living to suit how they feel after seeing the work and it can have a big impact when it's spread around.
Selina Jane Eckersall is a content marketing strategist, freelance writer and entrepreneur living and working in Burlington ON. Selina is the Executive Director of No Vacancy.