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Arts + Advocacy Blog: Weaving Political Action into the Healing Arts

Written by Jasmine Sinclair Wilson Last week, we discussed the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This journey to Montgomery, Alabama taught us about EJI’s efforts to educate the world about lynching, Jim Crow laws, and slavery. As institutions committed to memory and justice, they invoke conversation surrounding these…

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Arts + Advocacy Blog: The Power of Memorializing Injustice through the Arts

Written by Jasmine Sinclair Wilson This summer, WonderRoot will unveil a groundbreaking, large-scale arts initiative elevating remarkable moments in Atlanta’s struggle toward social justice. Leading up to our announcement of this project we are using this blog to highlight the rich relationship between artistic expression and issue-based advocacy. The stories lifted up here will cross…

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An Exploration of Her Ritual: April 13-May 4

Written by Jasmine Sinclair Wilson Each day, we participate in rituals. Some of us wake up at a specific time to meditate and be in peace, while others devote their morning to combing their hair with a certain level of attention, never deviating from routine strokes. Our rituals consume the hours in our days, but…

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Arts + Advocacy Blog: Celebrating the Life and Work of Laura Aguilar

Editor’s Note: Following the release of our original post, WonderRoot staff learned of a recent exhibit showcasing Laura Aguilar’s photography. This exhibit is the “first comprehensive retrospective” assembly of Aguilar’s work. It is open to view until June 3 at the Vincent Price Art Museum at UCLA. Check out Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum website to…

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WonderRoot Presents: “Man on Fire” at the Atlanta Film Festival 2018

  The importance of documenting events, projects, or actions that aim to make social change cannot be understated. And documenting them in engaging, aesthetically beautiful and digestible ways can exponentially multiply both audience and impact. Joel Fendelman’s work in writing and directing “Man on Fire” is a brilliant example of how documentary film can be…

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Arts + Advocacy Blog: Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, Yoko Ono

The Personal is Political: Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, and Yoko Ono “Art is our weapon. Culture is a form of resistance.” – Shirin Neshat Perhaps Iran’s most famous contemporary artist, Shirin Neshat fully embodies art’s capacity to bring about social change. But her artistic career did not begin with a vision to inspire socio-political dialogue;…

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Introducing…

There is no tool for transforming our reality as dynamic as artistic expression. For as long as humans have existed in community with one another we have created art to celebrate and to grieve; to process our lived experiences and imagine a better future. As artwork is created, shared and encountered by an audience, the…

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: WILL MASSEY

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: WILL MASSEY with Martin Mathys Brown   You’ve seen the sculptures, you’ve seen countless people taking pictures in front of it, you’ve wondered how much time the artist spent welding, glueing, scratching their head, trying to figure out where each patch or scrap of metal is supposed to go. In the only spot…

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Artists Spotlight #3 — The Imaginary Million 2017

Written by WonderRoot Intern Grace Coltrin   Ashley Anderson has been an active participant in the local art scene for years now. His illustrations have made appearances in spaces all across the city, including murals in cabbagetown and local pizza shops, album covers, and even the high museum. Ashley’s art tends to explore ideas of…

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Artists Spotlight #2 — The Imaginary Million 2017

Written by WonderRoot Intern Courtnee Miles — Haylee Anne is an interdisciplinary artist engaged in what she describes as a “swirling, healthy love affair” with Atlanta.  Swooning over lush National Geographic landscapes for years inspired her at an early age, alerting her subconscious that she was to create. She’s inspired by many things and  often…

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Artists Spotlight #1 — The Imaginary Million 2017

Written by WonderRoot Intern Farrah Agha Chanel Kim is a local designer and master of many trades. Kim does it all, from designing to publishing to serving as one half of the female emcee duo, Tiger Moon. She has produced a wide array of work, both in physical mediums and through live performance. Formerly a…

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Artist Market Spotlight: Creature

Written by WonderRoot Intern Courtnee Miles Creature is a line of art, jewelry and apparel featuring original designs by Atlanta, GA based artist, Sara Lehtman. Her jewelry pieces are fabricated with the use of metalsmith and lost wax casting techniques. Using high quality metals and earthy stones such as Agate and Jasper she is able to…

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Artist Market Spotlight: Justin Coelho

Written by WonderRoot Intern Martin Brown Born in Miami, and raised in Indianapolis, Justin Coelho is a graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Illustration/Communication Arts. He recently moved to Atlanta, and his involvement in the PCM Artist Market and WonderRoot put him on our…

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Artist Market Spotlight: Colin Egan,The Catoonist

Written by WonderRoot Intern Grace Coltrin Local Atlanta artist, Colin Egan (AKA the Catoonist), has been bringing a new perspective of our normal day to day to life with his Blue Cat character that stars his cartoons. Egan’s work began with a childhood passion for doodling here and there in times of boredom. Once he…

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Artist Market Vendor Spotlight: Laurie Duncan

Laurie Duncan has been drawing and painting ever since she could pick up a pencil and paintbrush. As she got older, Laurie began to take inspiration from fashion, pop culture and nature creature’s and using mediums such as watercolor and intricate hand-detailed pencil.   Recently, Laurie came to the realization that she was exhausted by…

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Artist Market Vendor Spotlight: Mathilde Ingram

Mathilde Ingram, creator of Thread Foundry Designs, is a young Atlanta-based artist that is currently pursuing embroidery as her chosen medium of creation. Fresh out of school, Mathilde is different than most artists one might encounter because she is fearless when it comes to trying new mediums to create with. Despite her only getting serious…

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Walthall Artist Fellow: Macey Ley

In the lead up to the 2017 Walthall Fellows’ exhibit at MOCA-GA this summer, we will be featuring an interview with each of the Fellows from this year’s cohort. This round, our intern Grace Gardner interviews Macey Ley. Macey Ley is a mixed-media artist in Atlanta, Georgia. The form of her work follows the concept…

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Walthall Fellow Spotlight: Steve Morrison

In the lead up to the 2017 Walthall Fellows’ exhibit at MOCA-GA this summer, we will be featuring an interview with each of the Fellows from this year’s cohort. This round, our intern Grace Gardner interviews Steve Morrison. Steve Morrison received his MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta in 2015.…

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Artist Market Vendor Spotlight: Alea Hurst

Alea Hurst, a local artist, works to produce two-dimensional pieces, particularly drawings and paintings, which range from traditional to experimental and mixed media approaches. She is currently completing her masters in painting as the Savannah College of Art and Design. When asked how she first got into painting and drawing Alea responded, “For as long…

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Walthall Fellow Spotlight: Joe Camoosa

In the lead up to the 2017 Walthall Fellows’ exhibit at MOCA-GA this summer, we will be featuring an interview with each of the Fellows from this year’s cohort. This round, our intern Grace Gardner interviews Joe Camoosa. Joe Camoosa lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia and makes concise, bold, graphic works on paper, Mylar…

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WonderNight Artist Spotlight: Sequoyah Murray

Sequoyah Murray is a 20-year-old singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Born in the Emory Crawford Long Hospital, renamed to Emory University Hospital Midtown, raised in the West End, and attending Georgia State University-Clarkston, where he’s studying Music, Sequoyah’s history rests in Atlanta. With a spirit that can best be described as vibrantly calm, Sequoyah sat down with…

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Walthall Fellow Spotlight: Wihro Kim

In the lead up to the 2017 Walthall Fellows’ exhibit at MOCA-GA this summer, we will be featuring an interview with each of the Fellows from this year’s cohort. This round, our intern Grace Gardner interviews Wihro Kim. Wihro Kim is an artist based in Atlanta, GA, where he received his BFA from Georgia State…

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CSA Season 10 Artist Highlight: Spencer Sloan

CSA Season 10 Artist Highlight: Spencer Sloan Spencer Sloan is a mixed-media artist here in Atlanta. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of Georgia and studied graphic design at The Creative Circus. Sloan’s recent body of work involves digitally manipulating paparazzi photographs into abstract works of art. His background is rooted in his…

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WonderRoot Launches CSA Season 10 in Collaboration with Allie Bashuk

WonderRoot is excited to announce our six CSA Season 10 artists. This season WonderRoot has collaborated with curator and organizer Allie Bashuk to select the final six artists, whose work considers topics of police brutality, immigration, mental health and more. Our CSA Season 10 artists are: Brandon English, Natalie Escobar, Antonio Darden, InkYoung Chung, Andrew…

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