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Today we’d like to introduce you to Siorne John.

Siorne, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Somewhere, somehow, I became obsessed with cartoons. Not Saturday morning cartoons, but the likes of Gary Larson’s “The Far Side”, Matt Groening’s “Life in Hell” and Scott Adams “Dilbert”. Something about the gags filled with dry and sinister humor was attractive to me, and for a while, I was dead set on cartooning. It was a short but sweet period of my life, and possibly the only time I was certain of what I wanted to do. The obsession was fairly short-lived, but I do think that I still am attracted to humor/darkness in other people’s art and also on my own.

I’d say that the second art form I became seriously invested in was ceramics. I had a great teacher named Debbie Schweiner at the Creative Arts Group in the Sierra Madre, who for many years taught me how to wheel throw, glazing and sculpting. I don’t think I realized it at the time, but her class was so important for my teenage and young adult years. I learned how to mess up, how to accept messing up, and find beauty in my mess up, yet always finding a drive to get back up and try again to make something better.

Not the last, or the least, but another person that had a profound impact on me as a person and artist, was my saxophone teacher Tom Shepherd. The first time I met Tom, I was honestly terrified, me being a lanky 12 years old, he being a tall, muscular, tattooed giant of a man. He had a booming voice that I’ll never forget. I quickly learned and noticed how patient and kind he was and how every word that I said he valued and listened to. Frequently, our 30 minute lessons, would turn into hour long talks about music and life, with barely a note being played on my saxophone. Unfortunately, Tom passed away only a few years after I met him, but he was one of my biggest inspirations to date.

Through a convoluted series of events involving city college, being unemployed, overworking, underworking, summer camps, guitar shops and identity crises, I got into photography and am now studying it at Art Center College of Design.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I don’t take myself or my work too seriously, I want to have fun. I don’t really like to label myself, but I guess you could say I’m a photographer. I’ve become so attracted to photography methods that provide me with non-reproducible outcomes, like with lith printing, polaroids and polaroid lifts. I don’t want to have to tinker away on photoshop or spend hours on a single print in a darkroom. Most of my recent work has been portrait based, which is interesting to think about considering where I wanted to go originally. I hope my photography exudes weird. One of my professors at school said about me, “Siorne is crazy, and he doesn’t wanna be like anyone else, and he’s going to go down in flames because of it.” I hope that’s true. Maybe not the flames part.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Artists, people, and I should spend less time talking and more time listening and observing. I define success not just as an artist, but as a person, as having made at least one person’s life better because of your existence.

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?
I am pretty active on Instagram, if I like something I’ve done it’ll usually be up there, and am in the process of creating a website for my work. I just started to create a multimedia journal, which I am hoping to be broadcasting that soon and will be donating some work to the SAC Gala in Sacramento as well. I am also working on an exhibition to show some of my recent series of experimental portraits, and there’s some of my work in the student gallery at the Art Center College of Design.

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