This blog was created for me to explore some some artist who inspire me and my artwork. To see my work visit my art blog (blogspot.com/FeliciaFollum) or like my Facebook page (Facebook.com/FeliciaFollumDesign). Links are also in the sidebar.
Abdi Farrah was one of the two people on Work of Art that I really liked thee whole way through (and the other I didn't like in a couple rounds)and he was the winner. I really like his work that focuses on religion and African American history or experiences.
Although this blog began (and is primarily) to be a place for me to store my visual inspiration, I have decided to add one of my personal heroes when it comes to social justice type inspiration. Adrian is a culturist and a conscious hip-hop artist. I first met Adrian when he was a professor at the University of Wyoming. Even though he has a law degree (which I don't think he would tell anyone), he was teaching a class titled "Hip-Hop and American Society" through the Chicano Studies program. This class taught me about underground hip-hop and introduced the idea of art as activism. His lyrics are powerful and intelligent. He is not afraid to address serious issues and that is one of the most important qualities I can find in an artist which I would like to translate into my work.
The part about his degree in law was significant (and is inspiring) to me because he was a model of how someone can follow his dreams to remain an artist and make that path work because it is what he was designed to do. Despite the fact that I am sure he had to deal with a plethora of friends and family telling him to take the path that they see as success, he chose what he knew he was created to do. I know that I was designed to create art and share important social topics with others. Thanks for being a model of this.
Jenny Holzer creates public text artwork. Her pieces address a variety of social issues. I can really relate to her work because of the social commentary aspects. She addresses things that “make the world turn, and in particular, turn for the worse.” She continues on that she focuses on the bad because she believes that “the good things will take care of themselves.” I like that.
I think I need to come up with a good reason as to why I focus on serious issues. I think it might be because I have things to say that can best be said through art. I want to make people aware of what is going on so that they can make a difference.