Local Inglewood artists reflect on the importance of artistic expression
Brooke Jean, an artist from Inglewood and oral creation, said artists have a responsibility to tell stories.
âExpression through art is important, especially at times like these, because artists are the storytellers of our time,â said Jean.
âWhen you look at the art, you not only see what happened, you not only feel the emotions, but you are taught lessons. Lessons on what happened at the time,â Jean continued. . “Lessons on what you can learn from those past times, current times, and how you can put that into your future.”
Inglewood photographer and owner of TrenteTroisQuinze photography, Mikeisha Tresevant-Todd, said that she uses her art to inspire different feelings.
âWe, as creatives and behind the camera, can’t just capture the moments that are happening,â Tresevant-Todd said. “But we have the ability to make people feel and sometimes the feeling can actually create a better understanding of things.”
Tyree Dillihay, from Inglewood and director of Sony Pictures Animation, said art is a universal language.
âArtists can communicate in a universal language,â said Dillihay. “Art provides another medium of communication in the form of visual, written and performing arts.”
Tracy Shields Johnson, co-owner of An artistic toast 2, a sip and paint studio in Inglewood, said it was important to find an outlet to release stress.
âWe realize you have to take a break and be free from it, you have to relax,â Shields Johnson said. âYou have to turn off the television, you have to find a way to deal with this and have time for ‘me’ and the way we find ourselves is going through the arts.
Neneki ‘Nick the Artist’ McGee is a visual artist and he says art is how he manages his nervous energy.
âI have the chance to create and change the narrative and direction of my life. With art, I always hope to move forward and bring people with me,â McGee said. “A lot of times when things are happening that I can’t figure it out and have no answers, I get this nervous energy and I just paint and create.”
These are just a few voices from the Inglewood community and people are encouraged to continue to reach out and share their stories and thoughts.
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