January Unblurred, Savannah Graham

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Come on down to Artisan to kick off the first unblurred with works by Savannah Graham. Free beer, and good times!

Atist statement: The process of creating has always been where I have grown the most. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have a new piece or project brewing in my head. In many ways, my art has been a great friend who has walked alongside me through hard times, reveled with me in the good, and inspired me to move forward and pursue my goals. It has ultimately taught me how to communicate and understand myself within the world around me. To say that it has shaped me as an individual would be a vast understatement. For me, the ability to create has been the greatest gift I have been given.

Using my talents has not only benefited my own growth, I have also been able to teach and impact those around me, spending the last few years traveling and volunteering my time and my gifts. Between teaching and critiquing other young artists in Germany, to creating murals and painting with kids in the Thailand, art has remained present in all that I have done. My international experiences have had a heavy hand in the “how” and “why” I create the way I do.

Most of the decisions I’ve made about technique have all been based around the phase of my life that I’m in. For example, I created a series of children I had the privilege of getting to know in the slums of Thailand. Each piece depicts them covered in either a mountain or cityscape, which serves as a symbol to proclaim success and dignity over their future.

Having the opportunities to go where I have gone and see what I have seen has transformed me in many ways. I think the most significant is an understanding and compassion for humanity. My experiences and the people I have come in contact with have heavily influenced my work. I have been privileged enough to make many friends along the way. In the process, I have shed many tears over people in dire straits and celebrated with many people who have reached their goals, which seemed unattainable. Though all of this, I have learned so much about the ebb and flow of life and the rollercoaster that is the human experience.
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