“Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sam DuBose, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Terence Crutcher are just some of the names on a long list of unarmed black boys and men who were killed by police officers in recent years.
Millennials are known for a lot of things such as their love for social media, their innovation, and their tendency to go against the grid. At the age of 26, Rupi Kaur has been crowned queen of the “Instagram Poets,” a term that she does not like and one she is here to dismantle.
What if you had the chance to jump inside your favorite novel? Would you be the detective that solves the impossible mystery? Or the first to discover an alien portal, casually explore new and vibrant cities….or would you simply do it all?
It’s not often that I get a chance to probe the brain of an artist. I’m curious about what drives them, what scares them, and why they chose a specific medium to express themselves. Too often we view artists as these aloof individuals that can’t be touched. However, when you do have the chance to meet a REAL artist, you quickly realize that they’re unbelievably human.
Returned to Infinity, to Eternal Time, and to Absolute Space
“[The infinity rooms] make you feel vast and tiny at the same time…. You feel significant and insignificant — and that just strikes a human chord,” said Joanne Heyler, director of The Broad Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Art is so interesting because of its subjectiveness and various forms. It is a medium that allows limitless creativity. In the hands of an artist, an illustration can tell a unique story or capture a moment in someone’s life. There are no rules just free flowing expression, for Cuban artist Yoel Díaz Gálvez his work is an extension of himself.
It often seems like every time I turn on the news there are only upsetting stories being shared. One can only wonder where do all the inspiring reports go? Would it possibly change our perspectives of the world if we saw more of them? For instance, news regarding climate change often focuses on loss, destruction, and irreversible damage. If some of these stories centered more on the beauty of the natural world that is at risk, would an audience feel more inclined to take action?
Artist Zaria Forman must have wondered these same questions. In her passion to illuminate the effects of climate change in the world’s melting ice caps and rising sea levels, Forman chooses to draw the beauty of what we all stand to lose. Her drawings are an innovative display of an often depressing topic shown through the lens of a larger connection to nature in the hopes to convey the urgency of climate change.
“The eyes are the mirror of the soul.”
– Paulo Coelho
An artist’s signature is on every work of theirs. It could be a physical inscription or something more noticeable like their use of colors. Contemporary artist Pedro Albuquerque uses the eyes of his subjects to draw emotion and vibrant colors to liven up the portraits that may have a dim feeling over it.