Kayleigh Efird – Saint Genevieve Still Loves You

Kayleigh Efird is a multidisciplinary artist and fashion designer with a special sensitivity towards color and performance.

Her work is no stranger to the absurd and otherworldly, as she is inspired by the lovable cast of the Muppets and baroque painting. Growing up in North Carolina, Kayleigh began her artistic pursuits as a high school student at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She continued her studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and received her BFA as a fibers artist and illustrator. She debuted her first gallery show in 2016 with her illustrated series Planet Mol. She debuted her textile work two years later with her collaborative fashion collection NICE TIME alongside co-creator Shelby Slayden.

Her first solo runway collection DAVID arrived in April of 2020. Her work has been published digitally and in print by Baltimore Style Magazine and BMORE Art Magazine. Her career also includes exhibitions in London, Baltimore and North Carolina. She recently undertook a six month assistantship with punk fashion designer and icon Pam Hogg.

“Saint Genevieve Still Loves You represents an ongoing project that occupied most of my 2020. The illustrated collection seeks to project fantasy and mischief into a year indoors. It is my spaghetti western; riding horses, seeing an oasis, and realizing your pool is full of sand. As a reflection on a year making art in the pandemic, Saint Genevieve Still Loves You is my testimony as a 2020 college graduate; thinking ‘what do I do now?’ and scrambling to puzzle together a resume. Saint Genevieve Still Loves You is a story for being aimless, an epic quest about being completely “un-epic”. You don’t really know where you are going, but you keep walking anyway.”

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Jack Donnelly

Jack Donnelly was born in Portland, Oregon in 2001 but after a few years he moved with his family to Bloomington, Indiana where he grew up. As a twin, Jack always tried to be independent of his twin sister and become his own person, developing interests personal to him; the most prominent being his interest in art. Jack started with an interest in realism, drawing graphite portraits as detailed and true-to-life as possible, even selling pieces to friends at school for extra practice.

With an emotional drive, Jack let his heart lead his work, taking on darker topics like death and mental illness. Jack would surround himself with as many types of art as he could, taking an avid interest in researching musical art as well as designing and thrifting clothing. Jack drew inspiration from many movements and periods including, the postmodern movement, the surrealist period, the cubist style, and the neo-expressionist movement where he found great inspiration from Jean Michel Basquiat.

Jack excelled in the use of digital applications like photoshop and became the top graphic art student in his high school. This graphic art has become Jack’s primary medium.

“I have always been interested in how when you construct a figure it is considered art but at some point, you are imitating life. I think that everything is art, but I like to mix realism with more abstract styles to express the complexity of our world. This mixing of styles is my way of commenting on how fascinating it is that we have so many ways of expressing the same idea. I could draw a detailed figure of a man; blending shadows and highlights, measuring every precise angle, or I could carefully combine colors and circles and curved lines, with seemingly no meaning on their own, to create the figure of a man so the same. I have fun using both tactics, like painting while wearing mis-matched glasses; the right lens a piece of broken, orange-tinted glass from a bottle, the left lens a clear, clean-cut piece of glass from a microscope.”

Diva Armas Luther

Diva Armas Luther is a digital artist and illustrator, she creates colorful prints of varied themes.  

Having a graphic design background, her work is inspired by typography and architecture magazine layouts. She grew up with influences such as, late 80’s to early 2000’s Japanese manga, international haute couture editorials, and contemporary political art from her home-country, Indonesia. After spending more than a decade being in different countries in Asia, she found comfort in Bloomington’s art scene and is excited to bring her own culture to the colorful B-Town. 

“Illustration is my way of untangling the messy concepts in the mind and turning it into a neat and tidy theme. Coordinating colors is therapeutic to me. Instead of painting what I actually feel, I improve my emotions by beautifying them. Typeface plays a big role on that as well. The words I’ve chosen for my artworks tend to explain what I’d rather keep in private” 

She signs all the artworks with her name, but her handle is Komik Taksa. 

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Diva Armas Luther

Our artist of the month is Diva Armas Luther, a digital artist that creates colorful prints of varied themes. Having a graphic design background, her work is inspired by typography and architecture magazine layouts. She grew up with influences such as, late 80’s to early 2000’s manga, international haute couture editorials, and contemporary political art from her home-country, Indonesia. After spending more than a decade being in different countries in Asia, she found comfort in Bloomington for the art scene and is excited to bring her own culture to the colorful B-Town.

She signs all the artworks with her name, but her handle is Komik Taksa.

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