In the wake of Monday's devastating earthquake in China, I thought I'd check in with my friend, Cecilia Ivy, an exceptionally talented 21-year-old artist and photographer from Canton, China. Her whimsical one-woman compositions are delicate, retro and poignant. Cecilia's charming Cindy Sherman-esque self-styled photographs are both quirky and heartfelt. Her soft lighting and simple composition yields a delightful aesthetic that's entirely her own. A super sincere "merci beaucoup" to the talented Miss C.C. for her candid replies -- especially impressive considering English is not her first language! So, without further ado...
Julia Frakes: Who is your favorite artist?â¨
Cecelia Ivy: My favorite artist is the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele; I also admire modern illustrators like Katherine Streeter and Kill Pixie. Their paintings have lots of personality.
JF: Where were you born? Where do currently live?â¨
CI: I was born in a Chinese city, Canton, where I still live. I'm currently in university courses for graphic design.
JF: When did first become interested in photography?â¨
CI: I got my first camera two years ago... really!
JF: What kind of camera do you prefer?â¨
CI: I use a Canon G9; because I carry "my third eye" all the time, I need a small-sized camera.
JF: What is your favorite kind of flower
JF: What are your hobbies?â¨
CI: Photography and fashion design
JF: Who is your favorite fashion designer?â¨
CI: Of course Phoebe Philo, because I like her designs for ChloÃ© the best!
JF: What is your favorite dessert? â¨
CI: Badan Jilin dessert is my favorite.