Julia is demure with an otherworldly, almost sprite-like demeanor. She has sparkling eyes and a beaming smile and a pair of exquisite, impossibly tiny hands whose movements are an artistry all their own. Julia is thoughtful, deliberate in speech and action; she is sanguine and
This exhibition features works by 18 Mississippi artists from across the state. Initiated in 1997, the Mississippi Invitational surveys recent developments by contemporary visual artists living and working in Mississippi, and includes work in diverse media.
“I love pop art because it’s controversial. Some people don’t even consider it art and look down on it. Some people love it and easily find a connection with the piece.”
Art is a subjective and experiential sort of affair, an unspoken social contract entered into by the artist and the viewer. Moss Point artist Qin Mobley remains acutely aware of this agreement, and it shows through his work — from his outright references to popular culture to the more nuanced aspects like his religious use of flat colors.
Qin is no stranger to the artistic game. He’s been creating art and drawing since the second grade. But it wasn’t until third grade when art took over his life.
Most artists seem to be wired in one of two ways. Either they are quiet and brooding, using their form of art as a direct expression of how they feel inside, or they are bubbly and outgoing, with their art mimicking that persona and allowing
Leigh Anita Fraser’s works of pen, ink and watercolor embody the spirit of the haunted season. Her hand drawn monsters are presented in such a detailed and endearing light that they seem to convey high fashion sensibilities and evoke affection all at once, removing any
A painting is often viewed as the end product, the final pretty picture, and not the process or thoughts flowing from the artist’s mind. For Gulf Coast native Blake O’Brien, the method is the art, streaming directly from his subconscious. A recent University of Southern
In the sturdy, old Rebel town of Oxford lives one of the most animated people I have ever met. She’s a nerd of legendary proportions, an idealist like no other and an absolute true believer if I’ve ever met one. She’s way into cosplay
With his quiet demeanor, laid back temperament and boyish features, it’s easy to imagine contemporary artist Ricardo Moody as a child, arms and elbows atop a table, engrossed in his drawings. The artist could easily go unnoticed in a crowded room, except that his personal style speaks volumes.
When I arrive at Ricardo’s home, he is wearing a Hurley x Tim Hendricks tee, red vintage Nike low tops, a Milkcrate Athletics 5-panel hat and hipster approved denim. I didn’t know God made teachers like this. He is way cooler (and cuter) than the schoolmarmish educators who walked my high school’s halls.
Photography by Blackbird Creative
It’s said often that we live in a “materialistic” culture, but that implies that we actually value material things. Our culture is less materialistic than it is disposable — instead of investing in material goods built to last, we buy cheap things and toss them when they inevitably break down.
Businesses like J. Parker Reclaimed Furniture are a counterstrike against disposability. Owner Jacqueline Parker’s beautiful, clean-lined creations are made from 100% reclaimed wood, and their durability and aesthetic appeal set them apart from big-box plywood desks and tables.