A moment collector, art director, tattoo artist, fashion designer, film director, baker, and a musical artist: these are just a few of the aspirations of this month’s Seeds scholars. While our scholars seek to devote their time to becoming better artists, they also express what has inspired them to pursue an artistic path. We have students from various backgrounds, all with similar fates and a true passion for multiple forms of art. Our September stories are captivating and encouraging to those who are artistically inclined.
Additionally, in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to highlight the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans in the realm of the arts. For this month’s issue, we have featured an inspiring story from artist Wifredo Lam, a Cuban-born artist of Chinese, African, and Spanish descent, best known for his work that features Afro-Cuban imagery. In addition, 100% Faith Ringgold by Seeds staff member Vanessa Hernandez details the life and activism of our advisory board member. Social media breakout artist, Tony Gum, also inspires more than just her 40,000 Instagram followers with her photography work.
Thank you all and come visit Seeds again for our October Newsletter!
Roots of Visual style
Artists aspire to be and do many things, but my goal is to become an art director for animation…The art director is the grounding force and the decision maker for the whole piece. They are the roots that support the visual style, not only grounding the tree but letting it flourish. I would like to become those roots.
Elijah Ray Stein
The Working of my Mind
White (French/Jewish Ancestry)
I love making pieces where I can illustrate how my mind works, where I can try to understand other perspectives and human behavior. I am fascinated with this concept and love the process that creating art causes. Art makes me think deeper about everything…
When I grow up, I want to be a moment collector because so much time slips away, forgotten in the deep well of life. I like to keep parts of life in art. Art is my lifeline. When my brain begins spiraling the only thing that brings me back to life is creation.
From Pain to Beauty
I want more than anything to be a tattoo artist when I grow up because I am fascinated by the concept of how someone can turn such pain into beauty and how scars don’t have to be wounds. I’ve finally found an outlet for my art that motivates me to practice and improve myself and it’s given me a purpose.
Toyona Gabriella Wilson
While I’m Still Young
For as long as I could remember I’ve always been fascinated with art and being able to create beauty out of nothing with my imagination and the tools around me. An artist that has inspired me recently is Jean-Michel Basquiat. His colorful and expressional pieces of work capture his viewers attentions.