I get a little giddy every time I make prints of my digital art, because it’s always a different experience to physically hold it in your hands - and it’s EVEN better when it’s printed on large 4 ft panels and hung on the side of the street!
Earlier this year, I started working with the City of Renton on a public arts commission (shoutout to Jessie and Anthony who were amazing to work with!!!) to replace the existing designs in their original poster cases.
They asked me to create five illustrations that would represent different parts of the local arts community, unified by a visual theme, and replicable for the ten frames. In an earlier social media post, I wrote about the inspiration behind the works.
The inspiration for this series for the Renton Arts Commission was from reflecting on my first year of putting my art out into the world, and realizing what a transformative process it is for myself. A lot of my pieces are about feeling lost or alone - and in the process of making the work and sharing the work with other people, I realized I became less lost and less alone. The people and the kindness I’ve been met with because of the art has given me so much joy, inspiration, and humility.
The process of making art is transforms the artist. When I first received the brief for this project, I knew I wanted to show artists in each medium becoming empowered or changed by their art.
I went through with many iterations of each design and for a while I struggled with how much to stylize the images. The final product is far less realistic than the sketches I started out with - and it feels a lot more like me.
It’s honestly SO mind blowing to me that my art just gets to live somewhere in public for a long time! I hope that people will notice them and enjoy them in the community.
If you’d like to check out the pieces, you can see them at the Renton Municipal Garage on South 2nd Street between Logan Ave & Burnett Ave!