The League has been a busy place for our Seedlings this summer, as they have been developing new work, exploring new classes, and learning new skills. This month, we feature stories by Seeds students who view the League as one of many steppingstones on their paths to becoming professional painters, illustrators, designers, and graphic novelists. They also utilize their art practices to support them in navigating challenging emotional experiences. Uma Maldonado shares that art is her “outlet to directly represent myself in ways I could not otherwise communicate or express,” and Anmol Singh expresses how art “has always been there for me through hardship and misfortune.” As these young artists continue to study and develop their artistic careers, we hope they remain connected to the personal roots that drew them towards their practices.
Our inspiration stories this month highlight artists who focus their practice in assemblage and found object sculpture, transforming everyday objects into conceptual works that speak to materiality, identity, climate change, and colonization. Lonnie Holley’s work is celebrated in a current survey show at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, amongst his curated selection of fellow Black artists with Southern roots, and touches on his concerns about pollution and waste, and human relationships with the earth. Jac Leiner’s survey exhibition is on view at the Swiss Institute, where her “meticulous collection and reappropriation of discarded objects,” become a comment on the “loose sketch of the systems and networks that validate” a life. And finally, we feature a review of “El Viejo Griot—Una historia de todos nosotros,” Daniel Lind-Ramos’s solo show at MoMA PS1, where his massive sculptures made from salvaged items are rooted in environmental disaster and migration. He transforms “lost belongings into found objects that are the foundation of his totemic structures.” Dive into these interesting reads!
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Bringing My Imagination to Life
Dominican / Mexican
I am interested in studying at the Art Students League because it is an amazing opportunity for me to grow as a young artist. Art is an integral part of my life, and being in an institution with other skilled artists is an ideal place for me to foster my passion.
Art as an Outlet
For as long as I can remember art has been a part of my life. It has always been there for me through hardship and misfortune. I was lucky in that I found art early in my life, it gave me a healthy outlet to use to work through my emotions. As I’ve grown older, art has become the central focus of my life.
Beauty Starts from within
In my work, I mainly focus on drawing and painting animals, mythical creatures, and prehistoric creatures. I also enjoy drawing people and creating my own characters. I draw what I’m attracted to in a particular moment. I know that beauty starts from within before it manifests where it can be seen.
Telling a Story
Guyanese / Guatemalan
My family always had old superhero comic collections as part of our home library. And now I often go on hunts to find new manga series to read in bookstores and libraries. Both Japanese manga and American comics have inspired my love for art and telling a story through art.
To Inspire Others
Overall, studying at The Art Students League will provide me with the necessary tools and opportunities to explore various art forms and styles. It will enable me to enhance my skills, develop a strong portfolio, and pave the way for a successful career in product design.
First and Foremost, an artist
I am an artist. I may wear many other hats as well – I am a daughter, a sister, a student, a runner, an animal rights activist, but first and foremost I am an artist. This is not just a hat I wear; this is who I am. I see art as more than just paint on a canvas, it is a way to express yourself and tell the world your thoughts in its rawest form.
Lonnie Holley’s Earthen Monuments Sing in a Survey Including Fellow Black Artists from the South
The Institutional Afterlives of Objects