NTEN tries to incorporate the culture of each city that welcomes the NTC. Now that we’ve gone virtual, NTEN is finding new ways to bring some culture to attendees. Experience the diverse group of artists from around the country that NTEN has chosen to feature in its first art virtual exhibit for 21NTC from 2 to 2:30 PM Pacific on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Shakiyla Jamison is a fine artist from Upstate New York. Her acrylic paintings focus on black women and how she processes her emotions through the black experience. Her feelings and the environment around her are a big part of the creative process and influences how she begins a painting. From a single phrase to an aesthetic, anything can light the spark for something new. To her, painting is a meditation where she can ask questions and solve problems. Recently her work has been featured in a group exhibition for works created through the pandemic.
Danielle Elysse Mann, a native New Yorker, received her BFA from New York University in 2014 with a concentration in Drawing and Printmaking. She has a background in Visual Merchandising and currently works as a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Inspired by children’s books and mythology, she creates a story that evokes nostalgia and movement. Danielle supports representation for the historically marginalized and explores this as a narrative in her art through portraiture and figuration.
Eva Davis is a collage artist in the Pacific Northwest. She finds inspiration from pop culture, surrealism, and reimagined futures through a Black lens via Afrofuturism through analog, digital, and mixed media collage. All of her pieces shown here are traditional cut and paste analog collage. Her minimalist art style is one way she reclaims her personal freedom, in a busy world of deadlines and spinning plates.
Raquel Busa – Growing up a first-generation American, Hispanic, and queer gave Raquel a unique perspective, which she cherishes. It fills her with joy to illustrate characters that help heal her inner child. We each have a story that is worthy of being told. As an illustrator, she tells stories through old and new mediums, such as painting, collage, and digital drawing.
Brandon Morayo – His goal is to give form to the scenes that often float aimlessly in his imagination. Even if no one gets to see them, Brandon feels a type of release knowing that he is able to communicate a story. Brandon’s art is an emotional journey, viewed through a surrealist’s lens.
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