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AJ Rogers, 21,
art gives him
The Emerge Art Exhibition which took place from
September 17-22 is over, and the six featured local
artists, Sarah Burrows, Annelie Solis, Gabriella
D abreau, Shauna Narine, Halcian Pierre and AJ
Rogers had only wonderful things to say about the
entire experience, and none more so than AJ Rogers,
the youngest in the group.
The T&T Guardian chatted with the 21-year-old
Mayaro resident about his growth as an artist, what
being in this show meant to him and his future in the
world of artistic expression.
Q: It s indeed a pleasure to meet you, AJ. Can you
say what the word Emerge---the theme of this exhi-
bition you were in---means to you?
AJ Rogers: To me the word Emerge means to come
forth . It s making a confident entrance. It s making a
statement telling people Hey, I am (insert your name)
and you need to know my work. It s being confident
with yourself and your talent, and letting the world
in on it.
How valuable is it to have opportunities to exhib-
it?Extremely valuable. It makes me push myself cre-
atively and put out more work, plus you get oppor-
tunities to network and have conversations with people,
which, as an artist and business person, is both inspiring
and informative to me.
When did you realise you wanted to pursue art?
What drove you to be an artist?
I have always been an artist. My family is filled with
creative people. My mother is a seamstress. One of
my older sisters is a culinary creative and so was my
late father. My oldest sister is a gifted cosmetologist
(and so is my younger sister, along with her talent for
singing). However, I realised I wanted to pursue art
when I was preparing for CXC. My subjects were
mainly sciences and art was an extra, but I had to
choose one or the other because art and my science
lab clashed. Though I chose science, I couldn t give
up on art. I didn t get the passing grade I wanted, but,
I passed CXC art along with my science subjects.
From that point on I knew art is something I am pas-
sionate about and good at, and continued to pursue
Did your education help to nurture your artistic
For me it s a fusion of education and curiosity. I did
art in secondary school and I studied Animation at
UTT. In school I learned the basics, did my own
research by looking at other artists, and I picked up
new tips and tricks and added them to what I already
knew, but I m still learning. There is a saying I like:
Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like
an artist. Picasso said that.
Do you have a preferred style, medium or theme?
I don t have a particular style but I like (and tend)
to exaggerate necks in my drawings and I also love
drawing flowing hair. As for mediums, I like using
acrylics and watercolour when it comes to paints. I
also like combining paints, inks, graphite, markers and
or colour pencils to get the desired effects in my art-
work. Themes include the cosmos, dream or change,
as well as sadness or emotions.
What does the word creativity mean to you?
To me creativity is the best gift. It s an entity and
an ultimate privilege to be chosen as that host/vessel
for creativity. Creativity allows you to open your mind
to the beauty and details of the world and makes every
day of life an adventure and experience.
What are the challenges you experience as a young
artist in Trinidad?
Finding fellow creatives to vibe with you.
Now, I am from Mayaro, which is a gem of
a location when it comes to being inspired
and having a very Zen environment to create
in. However, finding persons who are into
what you re into is a challenge. The challenge
also extends to art supplies which can be
very costly and for me, a distance away.
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