Today we’d like to introduce you to Anika Perkins.
Anika, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I feel like my story has less to do with where I’ve been and has more to do with how I’ve interpreted the hologram of my life to this point. My creative focus exists in the harmony of lightness and darkness and the beauty of divine nature. I like catching the wave of adrenaline in the unifying field of frequency and encapsulating it in a moment. I aim to unravel the conditional programming we’ve learned from the external world in order for us all to gain a true inner-standing of ourselves as individuals as well as a society.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’ve created in multiple mediums as an avant fashion designer, visual artist, and musician. In fashion, I’ve shown twice with LA Fashion Week. Once with my personal brand and another for an activewear brand I conceptualized. As a multifaceted creator, some of my endeavors have included designing wearable tech prototypes for an augmented reality company, creative direction for a virtual reality experience and fabricating custom garments for performance artists. My fashion design work has been featured most recently in Grimes Ft. Hana music video “We Appreciate Power;” other features include Vogue Italia, Adult Swim and more.
I love working with other creatives who are able to interpret my garments and bring them to life as a character however they choose to connect with it. What I enjoy most about creating wearable art is that I can see how my work makes people feel something new that’s sparked by what I’ve brought into existence. It connects us and I find immense gratification in that kind of communication.
In flow with fashion design and visual arts; I fuse conceptual design elements into the garments I create, which also act as part of my performance as a musician. Sonically I perform as “Sebeyu” and have shared the stage with acts like Lee Gamble, Materiales Fecales and many LA underground club nights/warehouse events.
As Sebeyu, I make entrancing sonic soundscapes to form energetically immersive portals one can enter and discover their own resonance to the environment. I like to freestyle during my sets to work with the energy in the room. It makes the performance feel more inclusive work with everything that’s present. I also sing in polyphonic overtones when performing, which is a vocal technique that produces two notes simultaneously and is often used in forms of meditation.
There are many underlying messages in the elements I create but the foundation of my work that I hope people come away with is the feeling of authenticity and empowerment of their true selves, whatever that may mean to them.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Finances are always in flux and like a lot in life, there is so much left to the unknown. My advice would be to find yourself as a creator and not a victim of circumstance. Our thoughts play a bigger role in the navigation of our realities. Although it’s not always easy, don’t give up…If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. Makes moves toward your dream and hold a vision of where you want to be. If anything, remain in gratitude for what you have and continue to do what brings you joy relentlessly.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Follow my Instagram for music/fashion updates and check out my online shop where you can order my custom work.
Check out my new single “Light Tribe” https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sebeyu/1451936344
- Website: anikaperkins.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @anikaperkins @__sebeyu__
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ANIKAPERKINSDESIGNS, https://www.facebook.com/sebeyumusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/anika_perkins
Photo by Lloyd Galbraith