Today we’d like to introduce you to Carina Sadeli.
Carina, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve been drawing since before I can remember. My first drawings that we’ve found were fan art of the Power Puff Girls, which later turned into fan art of Teen Titans and Avatar: the Last Airbender, which later turned into drawings of original characters and so on. I immigrated from Indonesia to the U.S. with my mom when I was 7, and I grew up in Anaheim, CA. Like many other Asian Americans, it was expected of me to be well rounded and have an excellent academic standing, so that meant good grades, AP classes, sports, instruments, leadership in student organizations, community service, etc. But even with all of that on my plate, I would still find the time to draw and create stories.
I recently graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts for Animation and Digital Arts where I met some of my best friends and learned how to animate, work with motion capture, storyboard and produce a short film. I am currently job hunting, working on some personal projects and looking forward to the next step in my career.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I draw, I illustrate, I design, I write and I animate. I create to communicate with others and I create for myself and to improve and learn and sometimes, just for fun.
When I’m creating a film or artwork, I’m not so focused on what message/moral I’m putting out. I’m not looking to spoon feed the audience a lesson. Rather, I think it’s more important that they come up with their own opinions at the end of the film/work. What’s important to me is the feeling I’m trying to evoke in the audience and the experiences I include that have little to no representation in media.
An example would be SATURATED, the short film I wrote, directed and produced in school. It features a mixture of English and my native language, Bahasa Indonesia, which I have never encountered in American film/television. And the main character, Diahna, was inspired by my mom and her hardships as single parent living in a new country with a culture vastly different from her own. When given feedback, the interpretations of what the “message” was in the film varied, but the audience empathized with the characters in the same way, which, to me, is rather successful for my first film.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I was very fortunate to meet some of my closest friends while in school, but a great place to connect to and also support other artists is at art festivals/artist alleys or even selling some of your work/prints of your work at cons/festivals.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My film, SATURATED, is currently in the festival circuit, but shoot me an e-mail for more information about screenings and more. Or connect with me on social media !! I am most active on Instagram where I regularly post my illustrative work.
Personal photo by Uluwehi Baldemor
Art by Carina Sadeli