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Youth Booth

Ajwad

Selected as one of two of this year’s Youth Booth artists, Ajwad is a grade 10 high school student who has been working in photography for 2 years.

“I’ve always been drawn to images. Something about a moment forever frozen that really pulls you into the world of a photo. Hopefully [my photos] make the audience feel some form of fleeting emotion when viewing them. These images all
signify the different feelings that we encounter at times. Each image is a different state of mind, whether it be happiness, melancholy or obscurity. If I have made them feel any sort of emotion, then I would say my work is successful.”

Sadie’s Stuff

Selected as one of two of this year’s Youth Booth artists, Sadie is a 15 year-old high school student whose work consists of sketching, sewing, knitting, sculpting, and painting. She is inspired by the films and costumes of Guillermo del Toro, the stories of Neil Gaiman, the illustrations of Shaun Tan, and Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

“Many people have referred to my work as ‘dolls’, which would imply that they are play things. However, I prefer to think of them as ‘creatures’ as they are often odd and sometimes more dark and/or morbid. My creatures are made of Sculpey (a clay like material), and wire armatures, on which I apply stuffing and hand sewn clothing. Sometimes the method of building the creatures will vary depending on what I want the end result to be. My drawings portray a number of personal characters I have developed as well as written descriptions of each character in a language and an alphabet that I have developed specifically for the characters.”