“An Expression of Life…”

TAYLORTaylor2

Age: 21

Occupation/Placement in School: Dance Major at Alonzo King LINES Ballet B.F.A Program-Senior

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

What is your favorite form of artistic expression?  

I started dancing when I was eight years old and it has been a passion of mine ever since. I have trained in ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, and modern and now I have a love for contemporary ballet. I love the way I feel when I dance and I love to share my joy for this art form with all audiences. Additionally, I think it is the most beautiful art form because it is an expression of life itself.

 Taylor 1What are the hardest and best parts of how you express your art?

Honestly, training to be a dancer is very challenging. It is demanding not only physically, but also emotionally and mentally. Also, it requires an enormous amount of discipline and sacrifice. And through all of the hardships, it is incredibly rewarding. I love being able to connect with people and to inspire others with my art. Dance is universal and I have experienced how it can heal a community and bring happiness to many peoples lives.

What inspires you when it comes to your art?

I feel that I draw inspiration from everything like music, art, literature, nature, people, or experiences in life. Through dance, you are able to communicate ideas or concepts that words may not be Taylor3able to express. Additionally, other dancers and choreographers of the past and the present are a huge inspiration to me. For example, Misty Copeland, Alonzo King, and Aesha Ash, just to name a few.

 What do you hope to do with your art in the future?

In the future, I hope to become a professional dancer and inspire other young black girls to dance. I would also enjoy traveling and sharing my love for dance with the world. In addition, I would like to become a physical therapist for athletes and dancers to help people recover from injuries and sustain a career as an athlete or dancer.

Want to get in touch with Taylor? Email her at: taylorcorrine24@aol.com!!

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Through the Lens

DEJAHDejah1

Age: 20
Occupation/Placement in School: Federal employee/ Junior at Southern New Hampshire University.
Hometown: Bowie, Maryland

 

What is your favorite form of artistic expression?

My favorite form of artistic expression is photography. I was always interested in taking photos as a child but my interest really flourished when I took a photography class in sophomore and junior year of  high school. After those classes, I began to further my skills on my own.

I’m so drawn to photography because there are so many meanings you can take from a photo. When I look at a photograph, I like to think about what kind of story is behind it. I’m drawn to the emotional component of photography because it is an outlet for me.

Dejah3What are the hardest and best parts of how you express your art?

The best parts about photography is how happy I feel when I finally get the shot I wanted. I also enjoy finding the beauty in simplicity. I feel as if sometimes there does not have to be much going on in the photograph to convey a message. It is also so rewarding when people enjoy my art. I love it when people tell me what they got from my photo and what it means to them. I like to create art that makes people get an emotional response. Even if it is negative, I want to hear what people think. This also brings me to the hardest parts. Sometimes I can get sensitive about criticism. Like Erykah Badu said….”I’m an artist…and I’m sensitive about my shit”, haha. Although I am sensitive to it, I appreciate it. I always want to improve myself. Another hard part about photography…it’s expensive!

 

What inspires you when it comes to your art?Dejah2

So many things! I am mostly inspired by my own emotional pain, personal experiences, the experiences of others, and spirituality. Art helps me express what I am feeling when I can’t put it into words. When I am feeling depressed, frustrated, angry and even happy, I pick up my camera. It helps me to be able to let out my own skeletons in a healthy manner. I feel like I can tell a story to people without having to go into details. I’m also inspired by the good in people. I love seeing the people I love doing well and living their lives happily. I always want to capture those moments and keep the memories fresh.

 

Dejah4What do you hope to do with your art in the future?

I hope in the future my art inspires others. The emotion I feel when I view my favorite artists’ work is priceless and forever. I love to get people thinking and I hope I can just leave a positive mark on people’s lives.

Dejah’s work is available for viewing at:

www.facebook.com/dejahgreenephotos

www.flickr.com/dejahgreene

www.dejahgreene.weebly.com

 

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