Last Thursday, I interviewed Sarah Clayborn, a young, charismatic artist from Goodyear, Arizona. The passionate creative has caught the eyes of thousands on Instagram and TikTok for her vibrant and amazingly life-like acrylic paintings that span from The Simpsons characters to Bratz dolls. However, the majority of Clayborn’s pieces are of well-known celebrities like the rapper Dababy and singer Jhene Aiko, and although it started off unintentionally, she embraces realism as her primary art style.
“With Netflix bringing the film adaptation to audiences around the world, I’m excited about the impact the story can have,” said Author and Quantum Physicist Femi Fadugba. “The Upper World,” is a science fiction novel that the 34-year-old author penned and had published in 2021. The book’s success and acclaim have made Fadugba’s popularity take off. Soon after the book was picked up by Netflix to become a movie, Daniel Kaluuya’sname was attached to it; and Fadugba’s popularity skyrocketed.
You can find a certain beauty in traditional art when the artist's emotions are revealed through elements of their culture and simplicity. People who are often charmed by new art forms and styles may tend to lose sight of the no-frills, calming beauty that comes with traditional work. Modern artists of today can sometimes seem more concerned with creating something unique than something with which they relate to. Passed down through generations, traditional artwork provides us with an insight into the values, cultural practices, and belief systems ingrained in these art forms. And an opportunity to see the human condition in its rawest form.
For the music enthusiast, songwriter, and frontwoman of the post-punk bandFake Fruit, Hannah “Ham” D’Amato seems to have one enduring question: what is wrong with these people? Her persistent response is: I am surely not here to participate.
We’ve all had moments in our lives where we think “this could either make me or break me.” For Anthony Michael Sneed, that moment was when his right hand got crushed in an accident when he was just a child. Not only did this permanently disable him from using his right hand, but it caused his brain to readjust, and it forced Sneed to become ambidextrous. The struggle between the right and left sides of his brain due to the trauma impeded intrigued and inspired Sneed, and he decided to use his disadvantages to create art that really pops.
One artist uses his artwork to educate the public about the negative ways Mexican-Americans are portrayed in the United States. The phenomenal Street Artist Ricardo "NACO" Gonzalez uses his talents as a way to express himself and his background through his artwork.