Malik Davis

Malik Davis is a photographer and videographer from Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from Anderson University and currently working at IU: Kelley School of Business as a Learning Media Producer & Videographer and also Freelance Concert, Wedding, and Landscape Photographer & Videographer.

Instagram: @malikdavisphotos

“I never thought that I would be labeled as an artist until quarantine happened. Before I started my deep dive into photography and self-portrait work, video was my first love – and the only reason I started to get into photography more was because at my first job with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. I would make bi-weekly videos highlighting their weeks of training and give the fans updates on what the band was doing. And while I would be on the field shooting with the band members they would joke and say “Malik take my picture!” and I would remind them every time that that I was specifically video based and they should talk to the actual photographer for action shots. It was all fun and games until one day it dawned on me that maybe I should try and be versatile with my skill set, which is what helped get me to where I am today in the photography world.

When I shoot self-portraits I usually have a song or a concept in my head that I, personally, think would be cool to see while scrolling on Instagram. My approach to shooting self-portraits is “what is it that I want to make clear to the audience?” Or “How can I express how I’m feeling while I’m looking at this photograph?” And usually while I’m editing them – I do the coloring first and once I’m done, put them away, and then after a day or so of not looking at them, I pull them into Photoshop and see what other element or elements could add to sort of amplify the shot in a unique way.

I never really got into the self-portrait thing until I found a handful of self-portrait photographers on Twitter and Instagram and sort of studied how they posed and everything —  and then during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer — I, as a black man, have faced racism a number of times and I wanted to get my message of frustration, sadness, and anger out in a healthy way, but also pushed that narrative of “We Black people want equality.” And after seeing that people’s lives could be put in danger if I went out and took photos at a protest, I took it among myself to use myself as the subject and voice all of those things through my artwork.

And once the protests slowed down and things were beginning to settle a little bit, I started experimenting with different concepts for self-portraits and landed on this space theme that I seem to be stuck on and I’m the type of person who welcomes trial and error as an approach to a creative piece of work because it’s helped me learn and get better at my craft.”

 

Xakilah Daniel

Xakilah Daniel is a student at Indiana University. A fine art student, majoring in photography. She is a part of Black Lives Matter movement and based her artwork from intersectionality. Xakilah expresses the importance in sharing art tips within the art community, because she seeks fairness for everyone.

Amber Robinson

Amber

Amber Robinson is a local artist that loves trying different mediums and encouraging others to make something new. From stage management for theater to starting her own food truck, Amber now hopes to make it her life’s mission to help as many people grow spiritually, artistically and financially as possible. Stay tuned for new projects, classes, and chats with local artists and local entrepreneurs at the “We Came to Create Studio” page on Facebook. Video and Audio Interviews and Content Coming Soon.

Ruth Y Liu

Ruth Lui

Ruth Y Liu: I used to be a university lecturer in China, teaching graphic design. My husband and I ran a photography studio for over 10 years since 2003. In 2014, my family came to the United States and settled in Bloomington, Indiana. Although the living environment and language environment have changed greatly, it has not changed my love for painting. At the same time, the local artists in Bloomington have given me a lot of encouragement and inspiration. I am honored to be a member of the local artists in Bloomington.

Artistic Style

I love painting, and like to try different painting materials and styles, which makes my works show a strong diversity. In painting, I focus on the use of black and white painting, watercolor painting and acrylic painting materials, but I also do not refuse to try other new materials. In terms of painting subjects, I also try to create figures, animals, landscapes and abstract expressionistic paintings. Meanwhile, I also try to use new materials to create abstract paintings with Chinese and Tibetan culture as the theme. After settling in Bloomington, my interest in classical music inspired me to create some relevant abstract works. Therefore, I would like to say that my works are constantly changing with the change of living environment, and the diversity of my works is still growing.

Felicity Young

Felicity Young Nahas: Artists Spotlight

Felicity (Young) Nahas is a 30-year old artist, living in Bloomington Indiana, who likes to work with a variety of media, but primarily focuses on using watercolor and ink throughout her pieces. She has a BFA with a focus in drawing, from Ball State University.


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You will see her play with line weights heavily throughout her works, and her use of a watercolor process creates vibrant backdrops to her paintings. Many of the pieces feature a sense of buoyancy with hints of gravity to that keeps the pieces grounded. She enjoys working with a variety of colors that are warm and inviting.


“Through my pieces I hope to find that people enjoy the sense of “getting lost in the moment” and get a sense of beauty and calming.”
-Felicity Young Nahas




Nicholai Cox

Nicholai Cox: As Artist, we subject ourselves to criticism; both external and internal. There is that tier that were are always trying to reach, that next level that always seems out of our reach. Because of this constant chase, we often leave art behind, deemed failures and mistakes that should be hidden away from the world. This show is to explore the idea that unfinished pieces, disappointments, and frustrations should be celebrated for what they are; beautiful works of expression and lessons learned. There is always someone that will appreciate what the artist creates in some shape or form, and as the creators, we must be proud of what our hands craft.

Adam M. Nahas

Adam Nahas- Silhouetted Bronze Memorial Urns

Adam Nahas, of Cyclops Studios LLC, has been involved in art since childhood. He graduated from Indiana University in 2007 where he majored in Studio Art with concentrations in Metals and Sculpture, and minored in Art History and Mathematics. He went on, to work with foundry man and artist, Mark Parmenter of White River Foundry who exposed Nahas to multiple international artists and art projects. Nahas then set up his own studio in Bloomington, Indiana, to assist other creatives, by turning their creative ideas into a reality. Since the inception of Cyclops Studios, he has been commissioned to do hundreds of varying art projects with numerous artists from around the globe.

Adam’s creations represent a vast and unique repertoire of his personal interests. Not limiting himself, he pursues a variety of subject matter, mediums, and art forms. His knowledge of anatomy and his attention to detail, have allowed him to create a range of styles, exhibitions, projects and artworks. Nahas’ work ranges from 2D work, including unique portraits, graphic design, prints, sketchings, and comic illustrations fantasies, to 3D work including kinetic sculpture, fired earthenware, bronze memorial/monuments, robotic prototypes, and other various mediums.


My goal for modeling is to breathe life into clay and bronze. For me, a portrait is more than a likeness; it should capture the spirit and essence of the character. I am confident that I have the means to shape different mediums around me, and by doing so, I can turn near anything into visually stunning artwork.

“These memorial urns help create permanence to the memory of loved ones past. I wanted to make each urn unique to the individual, in a way that was personal to the family but also develop a familiarity to those that never knew them. This reveal, strengthens the dynamic each casting has, and helps to pass down a very personal element to future generations. At first glance the urns simply look like vases, however if you align your face up to the same field of vision as the urns, 2 faces looking at each other will appear, and the hidden profiles emerge.”


Amber Robinson

Amber Robinson is the driving force behind We Came to Create Studio & Pop-Up Shop and Seasons In Bloom Food Truck. 

Amber would consider herself more of a creator than an artist. She prides herself in trying to explore her creativity through all kinds of mediums. The pieces she has provided for this month’s feature of the month are collages made with 100% recycled paper from Bloomington’s newspapers and city programs and intricately beaded earrings. If you search within the collages, you will find bits and pieces that are a reflection of Bloomington’s artistic spirit. Through her work and businesses, she hopes to influence others to let down their guard and explore their creative and entrepreneurial abilities.