The ‘Artist Profile’ blog series features interviews from artists who have contributed to our current issue. Jamie Sugai is a Freshman at Kuna High School and wrote the poem “The Great Perhaps” for the Spring 2015 Issue.
1) Introduce yourself.
I’m Jamie Sugai and I’ve been living in Kuna, Idaho for all my 14 years. As far as things that I like or enjoy, I will admit that I am quite obsessed with quite a lot of things and far too many to cover in less than a novel form. I am constantly absorbed in the internet, including youtubers like Tyler Oakley and Troye Sivan who have heavily inspired me to create. I am also a bit obsessed with youtuber/author/inspiration, John Green, who wrote 2 out of 3 of my favorite books of all time: “Looking For Alaska” and “Will Grayson, Will Grayson.” Finally, and most importantly, I am deeply engrossed in the music scene, always looking to find new favorite artists and a concert to go to!
2) What kind of artist are you? What inspires you to create?
I have truly always had a love for art, starting with my aspiration of being a fashion designer from about the age of 4. Since then, I like to think that I do well in many aspects of art, starting with pencil drawings. As far as achievements, I currently have 2 murals and a ceiling tile in the Kuna Middle School and a poem in the 2015 Love What’s Real Poetry Book! For a few years now I have gotten into writing, winning a few local writing contests and sometimes actually enjoying the essays that I have to write. I think the internet and details of the world inspire me to create. Friends that I have met over the internet has inspired me to write and I love capturing small details, intense emotions and intricate shapes in my artwork.
3) Tell us about what you submitted for this issue and why you wanted to share it.
For this issue of GS & NS, I submitted a poem called “The Great Perhaps.” The style and details of my writing was inspired by John Green’s book, “Looking For Alaska.” I wanted to tell a tragic, heartbreaking story of the loss of a girl that was loved deeply. She was a mysterious girl with hidden secrets and pasts, living freely until her mysteriousness caught up with her death. I wanted to share this tragedy that such a young person could go through, and how people are affected by every person around them, whether they realize their attachment of not.
4) What does GirlSense & NonSense Magazine mean to you?
GirlSense and NonSense really means empowerment to me. I see a magazine filled with young female artists and they have been given a chance to showcase their work. I love the girl power that comes with the magazine; that means a lot for what I stand for and what I fight for. The magazine is a great way to build community, seeing what other girls, whether they live down the street or across the country, have the same interest or beliefs as I do. I love everything about the magazine – the concept, contributors, artwork and community that comes with it.
5) Share a favorite quote.
“So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things, and we can try to feel okay about them.”
– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Read Jamie’s work in the Spring 2015 Issue, available now. Subscribe to get your free copy!