When the average person pulls out their phone to play a game the thought doesn’t cross their mind that something as trivial as a game could dramatically change someone’s life. But 24-year-old game developer Lual Mayen has witnessed firsthand the power of video games. He was born into the chaos of the Sudanese Civil War, Mayen’s mother gave birth to him on the run as she fled on foot to escape a massacre by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Mayen lived 22 years of his life moving from camp to camp, but in the last two years, he has become a force to be reckoned with.
Amy Guidry has a fascinating body of work. Her paintings are brought to life though her realistic depictions of nature, which can take up to 180 hours to complete due to their high level of detailing. Her paintings are laced with social commentary. Guidry’s creations point out the roll that humans play in the environment.