Inspiration comes from many places. I find myself gaining the most inspiration through conversation with my fellow creatives. Read on to learn how five artists and musicians living in Fishtown find their inspiration.
1. Matt Higgins - Painter | Art Educator
“I paint out of necessity. My studio time is therapeutic. It’s my time to be alone and sit with whatever feelings are present at that moment. I paint with words. They are a reflection of what is currently going on in my life. They may not make total sense and are totally sub-conscious or inspired by outside influences, but they are always relevant. I don’t find it necessary to judge or even explain the content. Rather, I engage in what is happening and enjoy the process."
2. Kelsie Lilly - Visual Artist | Art Educator | Scenic Designer
"There is a want for change and growth in Philadelphia that consistently inspires me to create and teach art. I use my art as a way to spread visual messages that question environmental awareness, advocates for cultural diversity, and insures hope for the young people in my community. Art throughout history has been used to show a glimpse of society at a specific time, through both the image and the process. I wish to illustrate for our future world the current perspective of our society from the Philadelphian point-of-view."
3. Chris Forsyth - Musician | Owner of Jerry’s On Front
Photo Credit: Constance Mensh
"I’m inspired by people that follow their own trajectory, regardless of conventional wisdom. I think that most often that leads to best outcomes. It can be so easy to get swept along by chasing the currents of whatever is considered to be “success” in any field and to lose track of why one got involved in the first place. I’ve been as guilty of that as anyone. But I think the most important thing is to be true to oneself - to have ideas and values and to insert those into and let them guide your enterprise, be it creative, activist, entrepreneurial, or service."
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4. Kevin Powell - Musician
"I am inspired by North Philadelphia’s cultural diversity and history. I love hearing different types of music, from the corner grocery stores to the heavy bass and beats vibrating out of speeding cars. Reggaeton, Pop, Latin Folk, Hip Hop, and Punk Rock music can all be heard within seconds as you move through a neighborhood. All of these unique sounds encourage me to learn more about where the music comes from, the people who create it, and the ideas and values the music represents."
5. Meredith Kleiber - Photographer
"In the days before I became a photographer, I would traverse the city streets and make photographs with my mind. From the moment I obtained my first camera, I was obsessed. Inspired by light; textures of skin, kind eyes, and unique faces; and the ephemeral moment that will never be captured in the same way again, my work attempts to convey the beauty that exists in day-to-day life that is often taken for granted or ignored. An unconventionally striking person or scene is much more attractive and interesting to me than the typically “beautiful” person that many people desire to observe or even resemble. To generate unique feelings in my audience, as well as compel them to consider their surroundings in a different way, is the ultimate work of art that I could ever hope to create."
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