Illustration Commission for City of Renton
In the spring of 2018, Renton’s Community and Economic Development department was in the middle of a project to add more public art to the city and asked me to create five illustrations to be hung in their existing 4ft posters cases on the side of the Municipal Garage. The posters cases served as holders for community arts advertisements (for theater shows, community productions) but when they were empty, the back of the cases had a series of plain graphics.
My task was to design a cohesive series of images that could be hung in the cases permanently that would represent some different parts of the Renton Arts Commission.
The inspiration for this series 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. I wanted to show artists in each medium becoming empowered or changed by their art.