7 - Chakura Kineard—talks rebellious art, Public education & the economy as she plans her next move by Vivian Liddell

Chakura Kineard on her inspirations:

I remember I was in elementary, like in my little kindergarten class, maybe first grade—and we decided to have a carnival. Like ‘Okay, we’re going to have a special presentation! What is it? It’s a carnival!’ And then the kids got to take little cardboard boxes and decorate them with paint and glitter and did a little dance like they were in a parade. … I think those type of memories definitely fuel my art.

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6 - Tori Tinsley—From Art Therapist to Artist—Making Art for a Cause by Vivian Liddell

Tori Tinsley on her background in art therapy:

It was really helpful to know from a personal standpoint, how best to care for my mom. Because I was working with people with severe psychiatric challenges, and then my mom all of the sudden had something where she was losing her mind… and so it helped me figure out a care plan and how to best interact with her so she wasn’t as scared. And finding, you know, the right fit for her as she needed to transition to different living facilities and that kind of stuff. So I’m very thankful to have that history, and that experience.

 

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5 - Candice Greathouse: Using Lensless Photography as an Objective Mirror by Vivian Liddell

Candice Greathouse on her photography:

I turned the lens on myself and started documenting my like, lived experiences. And thinking about family archives and sentimentality and nostalgia and domesticity— and how those are so intertwined with like the female experience either as a positive or problematic depending on who’s saying it and how they’re describing it...

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4 - Betsy Greer on Craftivism, The Power of Affirmations & Those Pussy Hats by Vivian Liddell

Betsy Greer on handmade crafts as activist tools:

First you kind of wonder, like, what is it? Someone made this? You can talk about the act of making and then segue into more difficult things if you want, and then if it's getting bad you can tiptoe right back out and then talk about the craft. So it's a gentler way of talking about hard issues.

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3 - Nedra Deadwyler, Katie Troisi & Felicia Garcia Talk Bikes, ATlanta, and The Black Women's Happiness Project by Vivian Liddell

Felicia Garcia On The Black Women's Happiness Project:

I wanted it to get people to really think about the subject, and really kind of think like whether or not you fall under this demographic that I’m targeting— it’s like, am I really going after what makes me happy? Am I really doing what I’m supposed to be doing? It doesn’t have to be chasing this one-off dream, it can just be like, you know, do you have day-to-day self care? A lot of people don’t even think about that, and as women we’re expected to give so much in our lives… where are we gonna pull from if we’re not replenishing that resource?

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2 - Melissa Lee talks about Growing up in South Georgia, the Existential in Art & Nasty Women by Vivian Liddell

Melissa Lee on the existentialism behind her paintings:

I starting reading that (Nietzsche) in grad school because I was having to read some philosophy for an aesthetics class... I think what I like about existentialism is that you sort of own your own destiny in it, and at least how I read it, it doesn't seem to depend on other people and other things. ... Religion has always been so fascinating to me and how people can really dive into that. They seem to make it a reason for everything. And, so existentialism to me is just an anti-religion of some sort...

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1 - Tatiana Veneruso Shares her Path to Opening a New Art Gallery in Athens GA by Vivian Liddell

Tatiana Veneruso on how she became a curator:

The end of 2011 was the Occupy movement. And at the time I was working for this like corporate advertising agency and hating it so much... so I was definitely feeling the sentiment of that movement, and I thought, well how can I help? ... And so I thought, oh, I'll do an art show...but I'd never curated a show before, so I didn't know really how to go about that.

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