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Art & Life with Melanie Porras

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Porras.

Melanie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised in East LA. My mom was a single parent who strove to ensure I had the best upbringing, which I did. She did the best she can, and for me, that’s enough. One big element I remember growing up is that she allowed me to fully be and express myself. As I got older, I realized that was a privilege I had growing up. My mom nurtured my creative side, and I will forever appreciate her for that.

I didn’t start to pursue or come to terms with “I am an artist” until probably a couple of years out of high school. I would hear people talk about hobbies and art being categorized as one, so I adopted that idea too. Which later I realized that it wasn’t just a hobby. I was always creating or thinking of new projects I can work on, which I am still doing. I live and breathe creativity; I thrive off of it!

I’m in my early 20’s, so there is a large chunk of my story that is still left to be written, but one thing for sure is I now know how I want it to be written and what I want it to look like.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I do a little bit of everything; however, I focus mostly on hand drawn-digital illustrations and interactive installations involving recycled materials. My art is a mix of cyber and transcendental with a hint of punk. A reflection of myself and the personas I have adopted throughout the years.

My illustrations consist of these powerful divine beings or places that exist on another realm, very similar to this one. I use bright, vibrant colors not only because I love colors but because I feel color has the ability to heal.

I have been intrigued by visual stimulation for a while now. It started with learning about propaganda overload with the major corporations in the 1920s and the years following. This had me thinking about symbolism, and the influence imagery still has on the humans subconscious today. Color stimulates and intrigues people, so I feel the more vibrant colors I have in my pieces, the easier or more open people will be to grasp the positive influences I want to share through my pieces.

My art is created with the intent to bring on feelings of empowerments. I want my artwork to bless the viewer’s mind with love and enhance their inner wisdom.

Do you think the conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
It’s definitely a hustle but a great one because it’s YOUR hustle! It’s not easy, but what path is? We learn and discover so much about ourselves from figuring out how we want to integrate our work into the community. Our community is growing. We have more windows open for us to have our work seen and heard. For example, social media. It does make things a little easier when connecting with other creatives.

As far as cities helping artist thrive, we can support the upcoming young artist. We can do that by providing better after-school programs such as those focused on career building or specifically on visual and performing arts.
A city is a hub for people coming from all areas. It is rich and filled with so much energy but so are the surrounding neighborhoods. The main focus should be in those outer communities hugging the cities.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Right now Instagram is the best place to get updates on new work and events. I have a couple of events coming up which can be found on Instagram. There is one event happening towards the end of the year that I am really excited about, its an interactive art show called Senses.

Senses created for you

August 10th
@ leiminspace


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Image Credit:
Power Portrait feat. Sam Mariko

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