Recipe For Success

By Sacha Zimmerman

Sophia Molina ’22 and Sarah White ’22 first met in the Sidwell Friends cafeteria their freshman year, and Indian food was on the menu. Or as the two now-graduates call it: “Findian” (for Friends’ Indian Food). Findian is also the title of their artistic collaboration above. “We believe that the Indian food at School holds magical properties,” the pair say. “We once took a picture of ourselves jumping freakishly high after we ate Findian. We think the food gave us the power to jump majestically. The picture we took later went viral on VSCO, which was probably also Findian’s doing.” That viral photo became the inspiration for Findian the painting.

Molina and White used spray paint, oil pastels, colored pencils, glue, acrylic paint, brown paper, and “pure enthusiasm.” They also incorporated song lyrics that are particularly meaningful to them: “Oh Yoko” and “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon, “Across the Universe” by the Beatles, and “Vincent” by Don McLean. Any text that isn’t a lyric, they say, is up for interpretation:

“We were inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s neoexpressionist, unconventional approach to incorporating words and symbols within art to make bold statements about the importance of community and friendship. Findian is about exploration, imperfection, and abiding friendship. All the marks we made were spur of the moment, yet none of them were mistakes. Every day, we took Findian in a different direction, figuring out what looked best while staying true to our artistic vision. Much like our friendship, Findian is joyous, unbashful, and a little hectic. We also think of Findian as a sort of love letter to the Sidwell Friends community. None of it would have been possible had it not been for the cooks at Sidwell, and our art teacher, Ms. [Catherine] Dunn. She is the most supportive of our artistic endeavors.”

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