EYE (THE VISUAL OF ME), Digital Collage
IYANNA MORGAN | ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work, EYE (The Visual of Me), I explore the bounds of self-identity. Self-identity is ever changing. Everlasting. Never ending. I communicate the struggles with my mental health, as well as, the unconditional love of my pets, of my friends and of self. This piece serves as a representation of my day to day internal struggles. It is a visual map that I use to find my way through the depth of the struggle. Most of all, it is a mirror reflecting the vulnerability many feel when going through the process of finding oneself.
I express the ideas in EYE (The Visual of Me) using digital media and graphic design, mediums I have cultivated during the last four years at Ellington and the tools that have become my second language and my outlet for expression.
REFLECTIONS, Triptych Painting - Acrylic, Digital Graphics, Photography
NATALIA RODRIGUEZ | ARTIST STATEMENT: The day before my mother made it to the U.S. border it rained. She was wearing the new Hush Puppy Mary Janes her father gave her before they were separated along the way. The river was very high, so she waited one more day to cross, but continued to walk towards the border. At one point, the mud was so thick and heavy that while she was running, she lost one shoe and eventually lost both. When she finally made it to the border, she was barefoot. My mother carries the trauma of this event with her to this day; despite the courage it must have taken to endure such a distressing journey at a young age.
I am deeply inspired by the work of Frida Kahlo, an artist who tells stories and explores past traumas through painting. When my mother shared the story about how she lost her shoe during her journey to the U.S., I knew that I had to use paint and my hands as a medium to convey the personal nature of this experience that shaped her life.
HERITAGE, Digital Collage
JASMINE REID | ARTIST STATEMENT: My art piece is about my multicultural background. It broadcasts the different forms of art and culture from each side of my heritage, Puerto Rican and African American. For my Puerto Rican side it shows two traditional dancers alongside the flag, a typical town street and a family of chickens. My African American side shows the jazz era, civil rights movement and the hip hop era.
These are the two sides of my heritage. My job now is to use who I am to dig in and push forward as I make my mark on the world in spite of any obstacles I may face.
Artwork by other artists used in the creation of this collage: Maria Ortiz, Luis F Rodriguez, Ernie Barnes, Gabe Tiberino and Patrick Wilson.
CORAGYPS, Digital Photography Grid - Vulture Series
BECOMING | REMAINING, Installation - Continue to the bottom to view image.
FALŌIN WILLIAMS | ARTIST STATEMENT: Many people find death scary. They don’t want to talk about it, think about it, experience it; yet death is within us all. It is unavoidable, inescapable.
In this immersive installation, my intention was to offer viewers a safe place, a place of solitude where grief, loss, and death could be contemplated. It is a space where people can come to terms with the discomfort associated with death, particularly in this time of pandemic where we have experienced so much loss but there is no avenue to grapple with it. Originally this space was meant to be visited. A viewer would have entered a room that had minimal light and allowed a one-person at a time viewing experience.
During the creation of this installation, I used an actual deer skeleton, which invites viewers to come face-to-face with death literally rather than figuratively, as that is significantly more powerful. In addition, I have surrounded the skeleton with living nature (all species are native to the area where the deer was found) as an embodiment of the idea that death and life are connected to, and part of, one another.
By entering a space where thinking about death is encouraged rather than avoided, people can become less afraid of death. And, as people become less afraid of death, they are freed to enjoy life more fully. I want to make death less of a taboo and instead, make it something people can think and talk about as a part of life.
THE ART INSTALLATION PROCESS OF BECOMING | REMAINING