Student-Artist Spotlight: Shania Sinna

Bryce Parr–

Shania Sinna is a fourth-year graphic design student. Sinna enjoys working with ink, pastels, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Sinna will be creating signage for the St. Croix National Park starting this summer.

You can find Sinna’s work on her site as well as Behance.

What sparked your interest in art?

 

My family, which has always been supportive of the arts, going to fairs and museums when I was a child, along with supportive art teachers all throughout elementary and high school.

 

Do you take influence from any artists in particular?

My favorite graphic designers are Malika Favre—her use of minimalism and limited colors are inspiring—[and] Jessica Hische. I try to apply [Hische’s] unique uses of hand lettering type design in my work along with Christoph Niemann’s multimedia use of photography and illustration.

A fine artist that I look to is Derek Myers, an ink illustrator whose work is a mix between organic naturistic and geometric shapes. Sarah Leea is also a big influencer on my illustration art. Her take on realistic animals and flower integration is simply beautiful.

 

Are there any projects that stood out to you during your time at Stout?

EVE’S OF DESTRUCTION

My newest graphic design work stands out. Erik Evenesen’s new graphic illustration class has allowed me to explore a new version of design that was not taught in Graphic Design I or II. The first project was branding for a roller derby team. I created the logo to embody the history and heart of the sport along with elevating the current logo to a more sophisticated level. Along with the three marks (primary, secondary and tertiary), I was able to make mock-ups of what would be presented to a client in a professional setting.

WEIGHT OF LIVING

Fine art projects I am proud of are primarily from Bryan Richie’s Screen Printing Serigraphy class. My print “Do you like who you’ve become” was a representation of myself and how I feel about who I am as a person currently. The [stereotype] of being too feminine and all the labels assigned to people had me frustrated. Along with body image issues, this piece was inspired by Bastille’s song lyrics from “The Weight of Living.”