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Sophie Day on Adulthood and the Wet Dreams Zine Vol. 2

April 16, 2017

via @meltheking and @sophieday.nyc on Instagram

 

What are some major projects you have been involved in and currently working on?

Right now, I have opened submissions for Wet Dreams Zine Vol. 2 which is a zine series I started last year about open and unapologetic sexuality, self-love, body acceptance, and sexual exploration. It is composed of submitted and anonymous nudes, fantasies, and wet dreams. I’ve also been working on my first official photo book titled “LONG SUMMER” which is made up of photos I took this summer from May-August of my close friends which I am finishing up now and should be happy with soon. Also, FUCKBOY a documentary film project about a group of young skaters growing up in New York and how they’re shaped by our western ideas of masculinity.

 

Explain the motive behind the Wet Dream Zine series.

Wet Dreams Zine actually was sparked by the simple question, has anyone ever had a wet dream about me? I found it so hard to believe, but as I started thinking about it more I realized that wet dreams are these natural and very private manifestations of sexuality and desire, and if anyone had that I wouldn’t know about it. I think that they are so fascinating and I wish that everyone would share them so, I decided to create a space for them. The zine is made up of written stories of people’s fantasies and wet dreams they’ve had, as well as nudes. I didn’t want to limit it because I found that people had a lot of secret fantasies they wanted to include as well. As for the nudes, they’re purposefully identity-less so everyone included feels safe. It’s also designed that way so everyone can fully indulge in this fantasy space that is the zine. I hope that the readers can explore their own sexuality through the project and further find themselves. Sexuality and identity are very linked for me, it’s a project and space for everyone.

 

How did growing up in NYC affect your work? How did growing up in an urban area affect everything?

It shaped the person that I am entirely. I’m thankful everyday for growing up in a city like New York, I became independent at a young age, traveling everywhere alone, and was exposed to all kinds of people from all walks of life. It’s difficult to even quantify the ways it’s made me who I am and the way I make work. There’s no censorship in the city and you only get what you put in. I think I just became fascinated with people and the people I'm lucky enough to surround myself with. Everything is so fast in the city I feel the need to always document and save moments while I'm experiencing them.

 

Did you have an image for what high school was going to be like?

There were always a lot of older artsy girls I looked up to and wanted to be like when I was a misfit preteen. I was bullied pretty bad by other girls in middle school and was kind of nerdy. I just wanted to find more people like me in high school. With the support of this sweet female art teacher I had at the time, I got into LaGuardia, this arts high school in New York. I remember being really nervous, but really ready to meet people I could relate to.

 

Do you consider yourself an adult? What defines adulthood for you?

I’d call myself a young adult, between girl and woman or maybe both. I think maturity is defined by traumas and experiences that actually constitute “growing up”. Adulthood doesn’t mean anything to me except having seen and done a lot and being at a place where you’re secure and stable probably for the first time. Growing and learning never stop though.

 

Describe a time that you felt “grown up”.

Moving away from home across the country and living with my two close friends. I never had my own room growing up so every day waking up there feels like the biggest luxury in the world.

 

Describe a time that you were proudest of yourself.

Anytime I stand up for myself or my friends. So a few breakups come to mind, or calling out the way someone is treating a friend who couldn’t stand up for herself. Also, I try very hard to put my self-worth in my accomplishments, so I feel proud when I complete a project that I'm really excited about or get recognition for something I worked hard on.

 

What makes a DURABLE GIRL?

To me it’s a non-gendered term, anyone should feel comfortable identifying as a “durable girl” even if they don’t identify as female. It’s about femme strength and originated as a term to combat the very wrong assumption that women are weak. Women go through the most and come out tougher, wiser, and better. Women are strong in their blood.

 

Advice for young girls and overall young artists:

Put your self-worth in your work and accomplishments instead of your appearance or external validation, which is what women are conditioned to do. Validate and value yourself. Don’t be afraid to mess up, because that’s how you learn. And LISTEN MORE! Empathize with others! Admit when you’re wrong and just grow from it. Talk about your art like you’re a man because they’re trained to have confidence and sometimes you need that to help people take you seriously. Fake it (confidence and self-assurance as a female) until you make it. Bring up the women and femmes around you, support and accept one another. Consciously unlearn your conditioned passiveness and internalized sexism.   

 

Rapid Fire Questions:

 

  • favorite album (ever…): Operation Doomsday since it was pretty much my introduction to music/first album I remember loving

  • favorite place (ever…): dunes on the beach

  • the best age you have been so far: Every year is better than the last so far

  • favorite teen movie: Bully

  • your favorite summer: This past summer

 

Durable Girls Collaborative is revamping our site and working on a LOT of new projects so keep an eye out for that this summer! Also, support more queer POC femme artists!

 

I also have a new show with 8 Ball Radio called Sweetness Radio which I do pretty regularly, you can go listen to the shows on their mixlr here-

https://www.mixcloud.com/8ballradio/playlists/sweetness-radio/

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