Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
Sophia Dong is graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree in 2021 from Valdosta State University. Dong’s artwork incorporates her love for marine life with a passion for watercolor. Sophia uses this medium as it enables her to share the fluid and translucent qualities of her favorite creature, jellyfishes. In addition to her fine arts interests, Dong also works in the commercial arts, specifically in graphic design. Using digital media as another platform for her creativity, Dong has expressed an interest in pursuing a career in UI Design while operating a business in stationery goods.
Untitled, Watercolor, 18 x 24 inches, 2019
Untitled, Watercolor, 4.06 x 4.18, 2021
I grew up reading stories about sea monsters and sirens, and I would often question, “Are they real?” I was oblivious to what actually dwells beneath the surface of the oceans. I am fascinated by the findings of dedicated researchers and marine biologists sharing what they learn about ocean life. Without their images, information, and the conservation of these creatures, we wouldn’t understand the importance of sea life like we do. We would not have aquariums to visit which fuel much of my own personal research.
The art I make focuses on sea life and centers around jellyfish. They’re otherworldly, almost alien-like, and composed of 90% water. Through watercolor, I can express the fluidity and flow of jellyfish and translate their transparent delicate structure. The inherent nature of watercolor allows for the layering of imagery to better illustrate my interest in these beautiful, dangerous, and misunderstood animals. Like venturing out to the vastness of the ocean, I seek an opportunity to explore the expansive world of these mesmerizing creatures.
In addition to making art with traditional media, I also make graphic designs that are a reflection of my interests. Graphic design allows me to create with an emphasis on the ephemeral, such as stickers. Sticker collecting started as a child and is something I have never grown out of. I love the affordable quality to this form of art collecting and it allows me to marry multiple areas of my interests.
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