Exploring Myth, Ritual, Beauty and Magic: Meet Illustrator Xia Gordon
May 02, 2016
red woman in river
An illustration of a woman posed kneeling on a rock.

We recently caught up with BFA Illustration student Xia Gordon, whose stunning work imagines a timeless world full of surreal, scantily clad beings. Gordon is among the many students who will have work on display during BFA Cartooning and BFA Illustration Open Studios on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at 310 East 22nd Street, 7th floor. Gordon was an Alumni Scholarship Award winner for her senior project. For more information about the Alumni Scholarship Awards and to see a complete list of this year’s recipients, click here.

Tell us about your project.
This project is about building a world in which the inhabitants live both within and outside of time, have a reverence for life, phenomena and a disdain for most clothes. I am using archetypes as way to self-prompt exploration of myth, ritual, beauty and other magic.

What most surprised you once you started working on the project?
How, once you are completely honest, thought processes can link to one another seamlessly.

What is something you learned at SVA that you’ll always take with you?
Doubt is a natural part of the art making process.

Was there a teacher or class that was essential for you?
Portfolio with Thomas Woodruff and T.M. Davy, The Art of Death with Natasha Chuk, and Culture Survey with Dave King—all of which encouraged thoughtfulness.

Young lady smiling.

What was a highlight of living and studying in New York City?
Being under constant pressure. (The good kind.)

What is your favorite spot in the city?
The Metropolitan Museum.

How have your interests changed while at SVA?
I entered with very specific ideas about what I was “meant” to do. Now I want to do a lot of different things and believe that I can if I put in the work.

What was your favorite piece of advice a teacher or student shared with you?
“Think like a bad ass.”

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