First up in the ALL NEW Articentric 2.0 a.k.a “Added, The Creative Zine”, is the incomparable artist Sabrina Howard. This phenomenal creative talent seemingly has no bounds, and approaches all of her pieces with a fresh, idyllic perspective. Blending heritage, scale, color theory, and a vibe that is distinctly her own, you have to experience her art to truly appreciate the unique awesomeness that is Sabrina Howard, the artist. Months in the making, this interview was nothing that could be rushed to publication. As deep as our transformation has been here in house, this artist has explored the depths of creativity in her work and yields an excitement unparalleled save for that first sight of Cotton Candy as a kid, or that first ride on the EXCITING roller coaster, not the scary kind, or maybe that too….
This segment is meant to get a quick introspective into the person behind the brush, the origins and aspirations of the artist. So without further adieu, and kicking off the new Articentric 2.0 in the most utopic way I can imagine…Ladies and Gentleman, let’s hop on this elevator and get a quick glimpse into the vibe of Sabrina Howard.
My art, to me, is:
An extension of who I am, my life experiences, all that I have been through and everything I feel. I take it all and create expressive and vibrant works while balancing a full-time job, my kids and this never-ending urge to create.
I create because:
In my early years at the Atlanta College of Art, I felt I should be a vessel to inform the world of various thoughts and ideas through visual communication rather digital or a more hands-on tangible form. I also create to satisfy a thirst that at times feel impossible to quench. Some nights, I cannot rest until I create something.
If I had to be without the sense of sight or touch, I’d choose:
I would prefer to be without sight because I love using my hands to touch and feel. The absence of sight would be the ultimate artist challenge. My perception of life and ideas would not be based on anything I’ve seen but simply what I perceive things to be. I would not be concerned with material things which can sometimes hinder one’s creativity. It would also be exciting to hear the description of what others see in my creations and what it means to them.
My most recent source of creative inspiration was:
The social circumstances that drastically affect my community – gun violence among African-American young men. My sons, who are now 20 and 21-year-olds, have lost numerous friends to gun violence and issues surrounding conflict resolution. These extreme circumstances have prompted me to start a series titled: “Extinct, the flowers are beautiful.” Currently, in Jackson, Mississippi (my home) there have been 18 homicides. The majority of incidents have been committed by young African-American males toward other young African-American males. Please stay posted on the development of this series.
The most important item in my creative space is:
Raw materials because most of the pieces that I create are made of recycled materials such as damaged or discarded canvases and wood panels that I have collected over time. I also use old articles or things that someone may have given me. Heavy duty staples and nails help me to construct the surfaces. Currently, my favorite thing to do is to build up canvases in a non-conventional way that sometimes tell a story as seen in my piece titled: “Who needs a Heart.”
If I could create anything, without any concern for cost or space, or any constraints:
I would develop exhibits throughout the world, so that all communities of diverse backgrounds could have an opportunity to view life through my lens.
My cure for creative block is:
‘free creating,’ which means I grab materials without a plan and spontaneously applying colors to those materials. I use loose, rapid strokes, with no mapped direction and that usually sparks my creative fire. It’s like being able to jump out of quicksand.
The one thing I wish everyone knew about me is:
the limitation of my creative schedule. I am a single mom who also works a full-time job, which consumes a bulk of my time. Juggling day-to-day responsibilities combined with the urge always to create conjures up a tornado of chaos sometimes, but I love it! I think it adds to the energy in and the drive behind some of my more recent pieces. I also enjoy the feedback and the conversations that arise from my work.
As I look ahead in my artistic evolution, I am most excited about:
finally having the opportunity for a solo art exhibition as well as some hand-crafted products that will be released soon. I am very comfortable with my work style and all my upcoming pieces. I’m looking forward to debuting my new series of work hopefully by fall 2019
My one piece of advice to someone who is undecided about whether or not to share their art with the world would be:
Do not let other people’s opinions define you. Share your art and let that define who you are. You never know whose life you may touch just by experiencing your creations.
Your Portrait of Mrs. Marvie Winfrey Frazier titled Perfect Imperfections is incredible. Can you talk about the inspiration behind it, the materials used, and perhaps the significance of them?
This piece was created for Mrs. Frazier as a birthday gift in November 2018. The color composition is meant to indicate her youthful energy.
Many years ago, her daughter, Lynn, gave her a sleep shirt with the word PERFECT in bold red letters down the front. Whenever her children tried to point out a perceived error on her part, Mrs. Frazier would remind them: ‘No, no, no. Remember, I’m PERFECT, and so are my mistakes.’ This running joke became a theme in the family.
The materials used to convey the history of her perfect yet imperfect statement are also representative of Marvie, the seamstress. The squares of fabric used within the design reflect the plethora of garments and quilts that she created over a lifetime. Vibrant yellow nylon, vintage woven panels and denim squares represent a time frame and the fashions that Marvie would gift her family and friends.
This portrait radiates youth, spirit and the tenacity of a woman who has not aged as the Muscadine wine she makes symbolized by the loose, warm purples.
People can follow my work here:
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Cover Photo (provided by artist): Photo taken by Corbin Goodwin | www.parteephotography.com
All other photos courtesy of Sabrina Howard