Cover Art by Nysha
Girls on the Rise is a series curated by Jazmine Alcon and Claire Halloran to shine light on female artists who are often overlooked in this day and age where technology has made sharing art more convenient but simultaneously made being an established artist a grueling mission. Jazmine and Claire have handpicked four Internet based artists that have different styles, stories, and goals but know this experience like the back of their hands. We have done a series of interviews with these young talents and explore their stories in more depth. But before we delve into their stories one by one, we asked them the lingering question that pushed us to curate these series:
The internet is a beautiful thing, it is a source for all things wonderful and inspiring, but as an up and coming artist or even one that has been around for a long time. It can become quite difficult to stick out and make a name for yourself within the sea of millions. Although the end goal for many isn’t always fame, it’s always nice to be appreciated. When the feeling comes, how do you cope with that? And when it leaves, what does it make you realize?
Lauren Beatty, 15, Georgia USA.
"When the feeling of 'I'll never be able to be known for my art' comes, I feel absolutely devastated. In my mind at the time, all that's going through it is "nobody will recognize me for what I want to do in life, my art is never going to be in a gallery or a museum, I'm shooting too high my expectations are too high for my art." It's a negative cycle of going back and forth between blaming myself for my art not being good enough and blaming it on just the way it is. But throughout that process I realize that I started drawing when I wasn't even old enough to comprehend the idea of a concept or meaning behind art or that I could eventually be recognized for this. I drew and created because I liked it and there was no other pressure on me to deliver creative concepts or pieces for other people. When I am in that constant negative cycle I realize that the only reason I am here, creating art, is because I am so inevitably bound to it. I am in love with the idea of art and everything tied to it. When that feeling leaves I know that recognition isn't as important as people make it to be."
Pauline Jaine Palita, 21, Quezon City, Philippines.
"When people appreciate my work, it lights me up. It makes me feel important and wanted, their nice comments and kind words about my works are overwhelming and often get me through my day. When that overwhelming feeling, that rush fades away, I don't get sad or scared. Especially when there are people who have something bad to say or criticize my art for the sake of bringing me down. When that time comes, I don’t paint just to impress them I’m painting for myself this is the only way I can express myself, my emotional outlet."
Gabrielle Narcisse, 15, New Jersey, USA.
"When I'm feeling underappreciated on my online platforms, I cope by trying to remember that in the long run your connections in real life are more important because those are the people that will always believe in you. I try to just be confident in what I put out whether it's praised or not. When that sense of self doubt leaves, I feel more positive about my Instagram or my YouTube channel and overall feel more confident in myself."
Katherine Tsai, 20, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia.
"I will admit that I get very, very excited when something I produce blows up on Tumblr or Instagram- and I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with enjoying attention, because it’s a way of receiving external validation for something that you put time into making. The buzz doesn’t last for very long though, and I don’t think that producing things with the intent of having them go viral is a method that will lead to one becoming a better artist. So I think in general I will enjoy attention when I get it, but I leave fame out of my head when I draw and create things. It’s better to create art out of a place of sincerity, and if it happens to resonate really well with a certain audience, that’s a fantastic bonus."
Each artist featured here will have an individual interview where you can get to know them on a more personal level and hear their stories and what they have to say. Keep your eye out on Tuesday and Thursday for the next two weeks for the interviews with the Girls on the Rise!