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PASSION, FRAGMENTATION, AND NACHOS: INTERVIEW WITH ARTIST WITCHORIA
Victoria Siemer—known online and through her personal artwork as “Witchoria”— is a New York-based graphic designer who in her spare time makes otherwordly digital art.
While studying design at SUNY Buffalo, Siemer immersed herself in the ideas of emotional fragmentation and “fragmentation of the self.” Since then, her work has evolved into surreal photo manipulations that evoke raw, relatable emotions, often paired with a sense of humor. Honest, unapologetic, and pretty damn funny, Siemer herself is as universally appealing as her art.
Ello and Illusion/Scene360 magazine are working together to promote artists like Siemer who weave together technology, art and social media.
You create amazing alternate realities in your work. What kinds of people or places inspire your art?
More often than not, my art is a pretty direct expression of things that are happening in my life. It’s how I decompress and process my emotions. I used to be afraid of vulnerability. One day, I just said fuck it, and started letting it all out, no filter. Now that raw openness is such a fundamental part of my identity as an artist. It’s sort of liberating, in a strange and wonderfully terrifying way.
Looking back over everything, I see the past five years of my life. I think when other people look at my work they might see parts of their lives in it as well. We’re all human, and a lot of experience is universal. We’re all in this together. I think that’s why my artwork has been so well received.
For instance, “You Awake?” is homage to the fuckboi. I know exactly whom I made that piece about, but hey it’s 2016, everyone has one (or two, or three…).
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Big thanks to @alexi for conducting this interview.
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