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Introducing The Heavy Collective Kimberly Duran aka “Shmi” and Bud Herrera ” Delt one”

Today we’d like to introduce you to The Heavy Collective Kimberly Duran aka “Shmi” and Bud Herrera “Delt one”.

Kimberly and Bud, please share your story with us. 
The Heavy Collective is a Public Art Initiative Founded by myself, “5hmi’ and Bud Herrera “Delt.” We founded this back in 2013, and we each have over ten years of experience painting large-scale aerosol murals. Our medium of choice is aerosol, but we also have experience using brush. We collaborate on Murals and have created a large body of Public and Private Murals throughout Orange County, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. We pride ourselves in bringing art to the masses and transforming spaces that are often overlooked. Our aim is to occupy walls and public spaces in areas that are often considered low poverty and transform them by creating an atmosphere with our art that not only encourages but also empowers the community that surrounds these spaces and provides a sense of identity with the artwork. Majority of the work exclusively focuses on the cultural aspect of the community; we aim to help identify and educate the community by using imagery that is derived from there rich culture and history and create a dialogue within these spaces. With our body of work, we inspire to connect people with their roots, and our influence derives from Marcus Garvey’s quote,” A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”

Please tell us about your art.
Our main focus is public art murals; we have created a body of 30+murals in Santa Ana alone, where our art studio is currently located in. Our art stretches all over Los Angeles, Hollywood, East Los, Inland Empire, San Francisco and all the way to Mexico City. Along with Aerosol Murals, we also do digital art, canvas work, and Videography. We aim to always create everything we do on our own, whether sketching out our own concepts, designing our own logos and stickers, websites as well as recording and editing our own videos. Our mission is to empower community by sparking awareness in people and youth. Demonstrating that we are all creators of our own path, and encouraging others to take the steps towards creating the path they want by walking on it.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I can only speak for myself, as an artist, we have worked very hard to not only create but also get credit for our work. It is a constant hustle because, with the internet and cell phone era, it is so easy for people to take your work and give no credit to the artist. I feel in a sense there are some aspects of being an artist that have become easier in the recent years due to the internet and social media. Our work can be seen worldwide and can have views from all over the world. But when it comes to your work actually being supported and people investing in it, likes and views won’t pay your rent. It is all word of mouth that has helped to build our abundance and large body of work. We strive to push our craft and are constantly chiseling at it even on our “days off.” There really are no days off, and as an artist you will always have to work extra hard because there is always someone else who will do it for free, or cheaper than what you are charging, so with that there are some pros and cons but regardless I would say in order to thrive you have to be passionate.

You have to be willing to sacrifice in order to see fruits of your labor. I feel cities can help their artist thrives by investing in them and also acknowledging the work that artist are doing for them. Public art has become a more acceptable art form in many of the countries popular cities, and instead of bringing in other artist Cities need to invest in the artist that are native to those spaces in order to see them thrive.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Our main headquarters is in Santa Ana, but we are constantly creating in the Los Angeles Area as well. Currently, our art can be viewed in many different contexts from Murals to Electrical boxes and outdoor canvas artwork. We have four walls inside Main Place Mall in Santa Ana where we have two art installations. We also run our own outdoor art alley gallery in Downtown Santa Ana and have a lot of art in that area. Anywhere from Hector’s Mariscos, Mcfadden Market Place, From the Earth Collective, Pio Pico Elementary and much more. Our body of work also stretches to the Los Angeles area; we have a large outdoor exhibit of murals in South Central, East Los, North Hollywood, and Hollywood area. Our work has been commissioned by the City of Santa Ana, City of North Hollywood, Main Place mall, Novo Arts NYC where we painted the Viamcom building and did murals for MTV and Comedy Central. We are open for commissions whether it be for murals, designing, videography and private canvas commission work. We can be contacted via email at theartofshmi@gmail.com for any inquiries.

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