Arts & Entertainment

TAPinto Hackensack's Exclusive Interview with HHS Senior Art Contest Winner

5914b45bf54cc7d86993_image009__2_.jpg
Emily Mogollon's Award Winning Piece "Insomniac Nights" Credits: Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Josh Gottheimer
83c55de1695b0de2106d_7286d625bbc37dedd23e_IMG_4831.JPG
Mogollon with Congressman Gottheimer Credits: Emily Mogollon
767e07aace26734fb49c_5824d477ff5efa74584b_IMG_4828.JPG
Mogollon with Congressman Gottheimer Credits: Emily Mogollon
5914b45bf54cc7d86993_image009__2_.jpg

HACKENSACK, NJ -- Hackensack High School Senior Emily Mogollon was recently named winner of Congressman Josh Gottheimer's 2018 "Fifth District Congressional Art Competition," for her painting "Insomniac Nights," TAPinto Hackensack staff reached out to the artist directly to learn about her method and approach to art.

The following interview was conducted over email. 

Q:How would you define your artistic style?

Sign Up for E-News

-My artistic style is a mix of different mediums and techniques. I️ always enjoy learning new things and try to weave into what I️ know. However I️ tend to lean towards watercolor, drawing, and colored pencils more than anything for instance this painting that won has all three. 

Q:What and who are your artistic influences?

-My influences don’t come from one person but various people I️ find on Instagram or online from all over the world for example Kristina Webb, an Australian color pencil artist. My biggest influences have to be my past and present art teachers throughout the years because without them I️ wouldn’t have gotten to where I️ am today. Currently I️ influence kids volunteering for the past 3 years teaching arts and crafts.

Q: What do you and your fellow young artists at HHS do to hone your skills?

-My fellow artists at school from the start the year creating a goal to find his or her “artistic style”, so as we learn new things and test new mediums, we develop a preference and pattern of what we use and enjoy best.

 

On the origin of "Insomniac Nights," Mogollon also added that "this artwork represents the running thoughts one has at night, although one feels lonely the stars are always there to bring some calmness during the restless night," and "the piece took a week to make so the colors would blend naturally. The background was a mix of black and blue watercolor layers and later included hints of green, red, purple, and lighter blue. The stars themselves were splattered with a paintbrush, then some dotted one by one for depth using white tempera paint. The girl was drawn with many colored pencils especially the skin tone which included shades of purple, orange, browns and red. I’m honored to showcase my biggest passion and represent the fifth district of New Jersey. This is an experience I’ll never forget."

Mogollon's "Insomniac Nights" will hang in the Capitol Building for the next year. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Hackensack

BCPO Seeking the Public's Assistance in Englewood Hit-and-Run

June 14, 2018

ENGLEWOOD, NJ -- The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Englewood Police Department are requesting information from the public regarding a hit-and-run collision which resulted in a pedestrian sustaining serious injuries.

At approximately 10:50 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018, the Englewood Police Department received a report of a pedestrian lying in the roadway on Knickerbocker Road ...