Contemplations by Nazish Chunara
Zombie Formalism, a new term that was coined in the art world encourages the latter. Let's all create art that reproduces what's already been done. Let's make art that sells, things that are interchangeable. Things that do not set us apart from what is around us. I, as an artist, have been having a bit of a difficult time comfortably creating because, well, I do not want to create what everyone else is creating.
But then I came across Emory. I see him quite often at the local supermarket. I walked by and couldn't help but stare. He was sitting out front, happily creating. As you can see in the photo below, he chose to recreate a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr using charcoal. The original image was taken by Nikkolas Smith and depicts MLK Jr in a hoodie---honoring Trayvon Martin. A very interesting choice considering the world could probably use some of Dr. Kings energy right now.
I immediately realized I was fussing over nothing.
Maybe it really is as simple as: "Find what you love and let it kill you." Charles Bukowski.