In celebration of the month of Halloween, Seeds features stories from artists that showcase the macabre and fantastical in their works of art and the Seeds scholars inspired by them. Students such as Alisa Francine Beck finds inspiration in the dark and ominous pieces of Francis Bacon, and Tracey Morgan Reveron is influenced by the monstrous creatures of Guillermo del Toro. In addition, we highlight Japanese artist Junji Ito, hailed as the master of horror manga, in our “Inspiration” segment.
Like always, we detail the stories of Seeds scholars whose passion for art began at a young age and inevitably runs deep. Our Seedlings write narratives of the role art plays in their lives and the ways it has shaped their identity, personality, and their very being. Our inspirational artists Kerry James Marshall and Chitra Ganesh also leave an impact on their respective communities and without a doubt serve as icons.
Tracey Morgan Reveron
…artists like Keith Haring have set such a brilliant example for me. His style, while geometric and simplistic, creates a complicated tapestry of important themes about love, health, and perseverance. His bold style being accepted into mainstream culture makes me feel more confident if I push myself and my art, I can be accepted too.
Our Sacred Light
Each of us holds space within ourselves so our sacred light can shine through as art! Poetry! Music! Dance! We are all blossoming into one loving creation! When we hold space within ourselves, we hold space for others and become a community of stars and galaxies, spiraling in and out of hidden exploration.
Cayla Alicia Johnson
Not having art in my schools did not stop me from drawing, I would draw in my sketchbook anywhere possible: on the train, on the bus, at my swim meetings, at dance class, and mostly in the classroom whenever I got the chance. I hid my sketchbook in my bed and would secretly draw when I should be asleep.
Alisa Francine Beck
Overcoming My Vulnerabilities
The only thing holding me back from creating more art is that I never feel good enough. I always feel incredibly vulnerable while creating art, which scares me a lot, but I want to delve deeper into that vulnerability and be able to create art without self-judgment.
Audrey Sabine Ramer
My own Stories
There are many graphic novel and animation artists that inspire me, but one, in particular, is Noelle Stevenson. Stevenson is a queer artist who has created books and animations such as “Nimona”, “Lumberjane”, and “She-Ra Princess of Power”, which are all stories with strong women characters.
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