Kiandra Are

:: AGE

19

:: LOCATION

Brisbane, Australia

:: MEDIUM

Illustration, pencil, pen, ink, watercolour

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Catholic Australian-born-Filipina

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

It’s extremely important for women to create because creation IS power, not just for ourselves but for those we create for, and even those we don’t. Not everyone has access  or is able to create, but for those of us privileged enough we should continue to build and create a platform so that one day, when they can, they’ll have somewhere strong to stand on.

How do you define love?

Love is the ultimate sacrifice.

What is the space that you like to create in?

I do a lot of thinking and people-watching on the bus to and from uni, and when it comes to the creating part I’m usually sitting on a comfy chair at my desk with a midnight snack and and some tea.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

Anything that’s nostalgic and sentimental, it’s all about the feels.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

I used to draw characters from movies like The Lion King, A Bugs Life and the Swan Princess on scrap pieces of paper lying around the house before I went to Preschool. I’m also told that when I was two I painted my dads car with mud and rocks once too.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

You do you. Be inspired by others, but don’t become them. There’s nothing more spectacular than being unique, so experiment and play around as much as you can. We’re all still learning so it’s OK to laugh at yourself sometimes and not take things too seriously.

What social issues do you care about most?

Growing up in such a multicultural country, I’ve been able to see the richness that people from all walks of life bring to our culture – not only peacefully co-existing with each other but flourishing. I think that’s why discrimination based on religious or racial stereotypes infuriate me – not because I’ve been on the receiving end, but as an Australian – those simply aren’t our values.

What could you not live without?

My loved ones, my pencil case, my pets & avocados (Yummo!).

How do you make time to create?

Since I’m always busy during the day juggling work, uni and what’s left of my social life (not much) I only have time during the night which is super convenient since everyone is asleep I have no distractions.

How does your mental health affect your work?

I find that I create more meaningful work when I’m at extreme ends of the spectrum. I tend to create more out of emotion than boredom.

Who are your influences/inspirations?

Ordinary but extraordinary people, friends, complete strangers, family and God.

Kiandra, we love your dreamy illustrations and unique characters. As an artist, you are powerful and spectacular and we love how you use your art as a platform to talk about issues that mean the most to you. Thank you for sharing your lively illustrations with the world- we can’t wait to see more.

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Photo Credit: Keith Lo from @lokvisuals