A cynical illustrator talks about the cultural influences of her art – The Vermont Cynic

Senior Sofia Gratton, a cynical illustrator and freelance artist, said elements of her artwork were significantly influenced by her Hispanic heritage.

Gratton, who is Hispanic, created several mini illustrations for the Cynic website in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. A few of these illustrations were inspired by Mexican tiles and historical artwork, Gratton said.

The tradition of the Mexican glazed tile, or talavera, dates back to the early 1700s, according to a 2014 study Monthly newspaper article on ceramics. The pottery is usually glazed in white and blue and has a mixture of Islamic, Italian, Spanish and indigenous Mexican artistic influences.

With both parents from Mexico and her architect father, Gratton feels a strong sense of family identity both in relation to her cultural background and in relation to her identity as an artist, she said.

Some techniques popular in Mexican art, such as specific color combinations and Day of the Dead imagery, carry over into Gratton’s personal style, she said.

“I definitely feel the influence when it comes to colors and shapes and stuff like that,” Gratton said. “I was inspired a lot by things that I encountered a lot more at home.”

Even though Gratton moved from Southern California to Colorado as a child, she had an ongoing connection to Mexico and her Mexican family members, she said.

Now living in Vermont, Gratton feels a bit removed from Mexican lifestyles, she said.

Although she is far from her family, Gratton believes that by making art that shows a visual influence of her heritage, she can bring her identity with her wherever she goes, she said.

“I can kind of preserve it, and myself,” she said. “I am my own Mexican family.”

About Oscar L. Smith

Check Also

The Phillies’ art of ‘cleaning up’ will be put to the test with a must-see Game 6 against the Astros | Sports

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies like to use the phrase “flush.” After a tough loss — …