UNTITLED, by Sequoia C., age 17. Venice, CA


UNTITLED, by Sequoia C., age 17. Venice, CA

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Sequoia joined Venice Arts’ Summer Media Arts Camp and subsequently deepened her photographic learning through the Advanced Studies program, which offers students a 1:1 mentoring; assistance with applications to college, competitions, and film festivals; and internship placements. Her work explores issues of colorism and identity through portraits of the women in her family.

Sequoia has received multiple accolades for her work. She was awarded the 2015 Scholastics Gold Key Award in both Photography and Art Portfolio. Through the help of her artist-mentors, Sequoia applied to the National YoungArts Foundation and was selected as a Finalist—one of 10 young photographers nationwide and only 170 young artists from an applicant pool of over 11,000. Sequoia traveled to Miami to participate in National YoungArts Week, joining other young artists from around the country for an intensive week of Master classes with world-renowned artists. 

In Sequoia’s own words:

"We'll, it's either her or the blow. What you gonna choose?" he asks her. She pauses, looking from me to the tiny white package: "Baby, c'mere... he's a nice man, he won't hurt you..." she says, stammering. Standing at the door, I stare deep into her eyes—my mothers' eyes. I knew that look and it scared me. Slowly backing out the door, I cautiously shook my head, "no." My mother, instantaneously irritated by my defiance, reaches to grab me but manages only a handful of air, for I had already begun my escape down the stairs, past the people on the mattresses and out of the foul-smelling house.

I live in Los Angeles, California but I attend New Roads School, in Santa Monica, California. Looking back on my life, my artistic journey was influenced by my mother and her inability to take care of my older brother and I. Since that day I’ve had a keen interest in portraiture. Specifically, the emotions exemplified through one’s eyes. I like to interact with my subjects while photographing them. My previous homelessness and being a former foster youth has also influenced my artistic vision and approach in photographing.