Love is the remedy to hate. Unfortunately right now and frankly for quite some time, we’ve been living in a hate-filled society. In the midst of it all, we’ve found ways to symbolize love in order to combat the hate. There’s something that’s a little purer about this tactic when it comes from a child, though. Seventeen-year-old Morrah Burton-Edwards created an amazing symbol of love, earning herself national recognition for her work.
When I think of Laci Jordan, an LA-based artist and graphic designer, I think of bright colors. Jordan is full of life and passion, and it is shown through her humorous and thought-provoking interviews.
Although her art is upbeat, bright and colorful, it does not diminish the political messages in her work, which comes from her experiences as a Black woman working in a field where she is a minority.
“...With her portraits, she focuses intimately on the intersection of women and the significance of encountering one another. Her process of creating is done in hopeful, clumsy defiance of a culture of rampant dehumanization.”This is how Artist and Painter Erica Elan Ciganek is described on the Arts Council for Long Beach, California’s website.
When traveling to another state, country, or even continent, it is not uncommon to be presented with an entirely new culture unlike one’s own. These new cultural experiences may come in the form of new customs, food, or even a completely different lifestyle. Arguably the most important, however, is the ability to experience new art. Art reflects the most important qualities of what makes a culture unique, and the native art of each culture varies vastly. As the world becomes more intertwined, with travel and the internet, the exchange of art becomes increasingly important as a tool to understand other cultures. Through examining the works of Pacita Abad, multicultural art becomes a lens with which we can view the world as a whole.
Art can come on many different canvases. For Jimmy Nguyen, though, his preferred canvas is one of the body’s smallest appendages -- fingernails. This nail tech, who is based out of Phoenix, AZ, takes a simple day at the spa and turns it into an unforgettable experience.