Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 3rd 2016 Contents kiela Hope, WOW writer, did
an insightful Q&A with the
very talented local Artist,
Yejide Cordner. Yejide hails from Diego
Martin, holds a Bachelors Degree in
Visual Arts and is one of Trinidad and
Tobago's promising emerging talents.
Her creative work, which are drawings
fused with embroidery, is quite unique
and commands viewers' attention at
first glance. Let's get personal with
Yejide and see what makes her click.
WOW: Describe yourself in three
YC: I am so many things, but if I had
to choose three words they would be:
creative, free-spirited and tolerant.
WOW: What's your full time job?
YC: I do some freelance work as a set
designer, among other things. However,
this September I will be starting at the
British Academy as their Art teacher.
WOW: When did you start drawing?
YC: I don't think I can actually answer
that question. I've been drawing and
making things since I can remember. I
remember getting a little black board
for Christmas when I was three or four
and I was still drawing on it up till stan-
dard 5. Art has always been my
favourite subject, simply because I like
to work with my hands. It is a very grat-
ifying feeling for me to create some-
thing. Being able to see something in
my mind and bring it to life is exhilarat-
WOW: Why the embroidery con-
YC: I learned how to embroider in
Form 1 in my clothing and textiles class.
I've always found the monotony of em-
broidery to be relaxing, so it's some-
thing I would do from time to time.
Last year, I was working on pieces for
my final year exhibition at UWI. I knew I
wanted to create a series of line draw-
ings that were graphic (meaning simpli-
fied and monochromatic) and highly
stylised self portraits. While I liked the
minimalist look the black and white
drawings had, I wanted to find a way to
add colour to them. However, I did not
want the colour I added to take away
from the linear aesthetic of the draw-
ings. So I turned to my old hobby: em-
broidery. Through embroidery, I could
add lines of colour, pattern and texture
to my drawings, all in one motion.
WOW: What inspires you?
YC: Currently, the inspiration for my
work is myself, (I hope that does not
sound vain). When I say this, I mean
that my drawings are all self-portraits. I
use my art as therapy, as a means of
confronting myself, questioning myself
or reaffirming myself.
WOW: How many drawings have
you created thus far?
YC: I only began exploring these ideas
last year, so this is a relatively new
body of work for me. So far I have done
eight pieces in this series. I am continu-
ing to expand this series and am work-
ing towards a solo exhibition in the near
WOW: Where can people see your
YC: I do have an online portfolio be-
hance.net/YejideSyandene - where all of
my work is uploaded and can be
viewed. Unfortunately, I do not have my
own studio space as yet.
WOW: Is this something you plan
on doing full time?
YC: To continue in my art? Yes, it is.
My ultimate goal is to own and operate
my own art gallery. I want to create a
space where artists can work and ex-
hibit. I also want to have the opportu-
nity to give young and aspiring artists a
platform to show their work.
WOW: If you were not drawing,
what would you be doing instead?
YC: I would be studying neurobiology.
WOW: Other artists that have in-
YC: Internationally- Sara
Golish. Locally- Shalini
Seereeram & Brianna
WOW: What are some
challenges you have faced in
pursuing your passion?
YC: Overcoming self-doubt.
I am the only one who stands in my
way, because I have a bad habit of
doubting my ideas and my capabilities.
It's ironic because the only way I can
overcome this obstacle is by doing
work, in spite of my doubts.
WOW: What is one of life's biggest
lessons you have been taught through
your career thus far?
YC: Although I second-guess myself,
whenever I show my work, it is received
positively. People react so enthusiasti-
cally to the things I make and urge me
to do more. So, I guess the lesson I'm
(still) learning is to be confident in my-
WOW: Any words of advice for up-
YC: Keep a journal! Keep more than
one if possible. Write, sketch, and make
lists. It's a very useful way to keep track
of thoughts and ideas.
Facebook: Yejide Cordner
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