We recently had the opportunity to interview Fairgrounds St. Pete FLORIDARAMA Artist Jordie Poncy. His diorama Florida Room invokes a nostalgic scene that is quintessentially Floridian.
Jordie Poncy enjoys making paper art. His style pares structures and landscapes down to their essential shapes and colors, which creates an appealing, accessible and playful feel to the images. Jordie says “If viewers think I had fun creating a work, then I have done my job.”
Read on to learn more about what the experience of being part of our inaugural exhibit is like for him!
What do you want the public to take away from experiencing the FLORIDARAMA diorama you have created for Fairgrounds St. Pete?
JORDIE PONCY: My piece depicts a Florida room with “Palm Beach chic” decor. This style is bright, fun, energetic and absurd. I love how this ostentatious aesthetic is uniquely celebrated and understood by Floridians. I’ve encountered many people from other parts of the country who just don’t get it. I hope viewers will feel like Florida insiders as they connect to this specific Florida vibe.
What about being a part of Fairgrounds St. Pete’s inaugural exhibition is most exciting to you?
JP: Through Fairgrounds St. Pete’s social media, I have learned about so many thoughtful and talented artists involved in the project. It feels awesome to be a part of it all.
What inspired your Fairgrounds St. Pete FLORIDARAMA?
JP: Have you ever been to the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach? It is WILD inside, but still elegant. I am amazed how they have pulled off such a bold and sophisticated space.
Who is the most significant influence in your art practice?
JP: Strangely enough, I have been influenced by Instagram. I started doing paper cutting on my own, however once I started seeking out other artists and their posts online, I realized how much you can do with the medium.
Besides Fairgrounds St. Pete, do you have an upcoming project you’d like to share?
JP: Right now I am decorating a house. It’s a lot easier in paper cutting than in real life, I am learning.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
JP: This may sound strange, but I was recently inspired by an Under Armour commercial. (I know.) It said something like, “It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.” It reminded me that all the tedious work involved in projects, like making art, are worth it because it allows us to create works that spread messages and joy to others. (This is especially helpful when cutting out hundreds of tiny dots that go on paper plants!)
What is your favorite FL destination or landmark?
JP: Sombrero Reef, about 6 miles off the Seven Mile Bridge!