Violet Kumagai

Grade 12, Etobicoke School of the Arts | Toronto, Ontario


My work is a reflection of the emotional struggle to balance childhood nostalgia with adult responsibility as I mature within a society that undervalues empathy and vulnerability. Creating art assists me in overcoming the anxiety associated with emotionally taxing life events while I have sought a form of idealized perfection that references undefined expectations surrounding growing older. “Nostalgia” utilizes vibrant colours and simplistic patterns to reflect the visual language of my childhood art, thus revealing my most vulnerable and honest self to the viewer. By preserving moments of personal significance in textiles, I become vulnerable, and am able to abandon the anxiety and nostalgia which prevents me from growing as a person. I aim to assist us in becoming less guarded as a society, and to learn to accept and respect one another’s myriad insecurities.