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Art & Life with Avery Nejam

Today we’d like to introduce you to Avery Nejam.

Avery, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My love for art started at a very young age through my passion for skateboarding. I grew up in Jackson, MS and went on to receive my academic training at Parsons School of Design, NYC and SMFA: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This is where I really jumped head first into learning the traditional process and techniques of Screen printing and other forms of Printmaking.

In May of 2012 while living and studying in Boston I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Crohn’s disease and due to a series of unfortunate events I am no colon, still rollin’!

With four surgeries behind me and a yearlong recovery ahead I began exploring the possibilities of the digital medium and ‘Mod-pop’ was born. ‘Mod-pop’ refers to the modern aesthetic of digital art and through it creating a new form of Contemporary Pop art.

Since adapting this new digital process and displaying my works through social media I’ve had the rare opportunity of teetering the line of Commercial and Fine Art. Through all of this I like to say that tragic events which cause change in our lives are often the root of emerging opportunities.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My one rule of thumb when creating is to simply, “Create to relate.” If I’m able to create works that are authentic to my interests and ideas and someone out there visually or conceptually relates then I’ve done my job.

‘Iconify Me’ is one of my most visually and conceptually well-known series where I place my red glasses on well know icons. ‘Iconify Me’ is my coined ICONology that the characteristics that set us apart often become the very trademarks that we’re remembered by.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
The key to creative longevity is maintaining a sense of awareness and acceptance that the struggles in which you face are both debilitating and fruitful to the growth of your artistic journey.

I feel like being at peace with being alone is an important part of being an artist. But when it comes to connecting with other artists and like-minded creative people I’d say that social media is one of the biggest assets of being an artist in the 21st century.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I’m currently in the middle of working on my first solo show which I’m pushing to launch at the beginning of 2019 in Los Angeles and then New York City.

Follow me on Instagram: @AVERYNEJAM for details on my upcoming shows and see what I’m up to!


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Jo Lynn

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