XENIA EMILY

I found out very early I connected with the world of art and started practicing a lot. I felt that I gradually improved, which gave me more confidence.

It is never easy to put work out. After becoming better you realise how much you grow, and that can actually block you somewhat - knowing that the next drawings, paintings, photographs ought to be a lot better than what you did a month ago. I'm certainly a perfectionist, which I believe we all are if we care enough. That said, I had to learn to let go and live with the imperfect. On my Instagram my ambition is to show this lighter and more loose side of my creative nature. My Instagram is one constant process, and I love that.

 

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I was born very shy, and my parents had to teach me as a kid how important it is to be able to speak for myself, and confront my fears. I grew up with three older brothers, and our family house was open to all friends of the family, so naturally I was brought into social circumstances with many people all the time, and that lead me to eventually becoming a lot more open.

When I started studying fashion design in Copenhagen, I started receiving a lot of model requests from design students at my school. I started getting better, I met people, I had fun, and they continued to call me. I was contacted by scouts, some agencies didn't accept me because of my height, and some I didn't feel comfortable with. So I left it; I was too busy with my newly started art business that was going well.

I begun using myself as a model in photos, just because it was more simple and spontaneous. I discovered what a relief it was, that I was able to control everything on my own. No one telling me, this is too much, or this is not my style. After some time doing this, I had learned by myself how to be confident and how to pose and act in front of a camera.

 

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It's important as a young artist to be able to let go and experience a flow, to keep doing work and keep developing and experimenting. My belief is that an artist should be able to express oneself though many mediums, and that it is old school to think you have to stick to one. Some people tell me that they can tell I'm a young artist because I do so many different things instead of sticking to one medium. But for me, I don't think that's correct. I'm young, yes, I'm trying out, yes, but I think it is important to keep trying [things] out no matter age, and I hope I will continue having curiosity to do so.

 

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I have a lot of specific ideas which I want to do, but they all demand a lot of resources, so for now I do what calms me while I'm working hard on a big inquiry, and travelling. Sometimes it is as simple as having a feeling, sometimes choosing is hard, but after trying out you find what works for you. That means it can require a lot of work before you find out.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: That it takes much space to do the kind of art that I wish to do. At the same time, it is such a relief not being chained to a working desk; it is so great to move around.

For modeling, it can be outside and cold or far away and spending so much time on transportation. But I love to not sit down for a whole day, and doing a shoot is so about body language - and it is exciting to have a look around and see something new.

 

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I try not to be too optimistic about the future to not end up disappointed. It is the whole Danish mentality: be satisfied and happy with what you have to not end up disappointed. But in the end, I have to find some optimism about the future, or else why even bother trying to become an artist or being a model? And I do love to work with art and creating images, so it is a natural drive for me! 

 

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The end of civilzation will be caused by: Either by humans not being able to adapt to new times and socially and political developments (or in this case, break the cycle of history repeating itself: the collapse of empires), or the day when, by some insane weirdo curse, the only music in the world is Gangnam Style. From all speakers, in all headphones, the only song played is Gangnam Style. Within twenty minutes everybody's brains explode.

 

















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Xenia Emily // xeniaemily // xeniaemily.com

 

JUNNNKTANK is an online zine which has existed in one form or another since 2006.
For over a decade, the focus has been on highlighting the efforts of inspiring individuals and artists from around the world.

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