We had the good fortune of connecting with Ebony XIX and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ebony, why did you pursue a creative career?
As a child, I loved music videos. Almost to the point that I live my life like a music video even to this day. I was about four years old when I saw the music video for “More Than a Woman” by Aaliyah and thought “How do I make stuff like this?” from then on I involved myself in everything artistic and graphics related. In high school, I went to a Technical high school for half the day where I took Visual Communications. That’s when I realized that if I want a career in this field, I’ll have to make my work ethic surpass the competition, because let’s be honest, Art is a very competitive career field.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art explores the human psyche, spirituality and the intersectionality of social awareness. I use a mixture of graphic design, photography and digital illustration to convey these themes. My interest in philosophy attached itself to my art in high school when I delved and devoted myself to spirituality, growth and awareness. The road was far from easy. I have a wide range of interests that often contradict each other so my art started as a mediocre combination of everything. It took my college professors to tell me to hone my craft into one thing so I can be a master of one and not just mediocre at everything. Once I graduated college with my bachelor’s from Fayetteville State University, I moved to ATL with the mindset that I would run the Art scene. I faced trials and trauma within my first summer in ATL but quickly recovered and triumphed- after removing people from my life that did not serve me or had my best interest in mind. Soon after that, I utilized the connections I made throughout that time to get involved with Festivals, Art shows and various art related events around the city. Currently, I am attending, creating and gathering materials for a few art shows between now and July and attending Full Sail University to complete my MFA in Multimedia design. I learned that the people you’re around greatly affect your energy field, especially if you’re a compassionate and empathetic person.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first place we would go is Little Five points. The hippie and Alternative energy and aesthetic of the area makes it a hot spot for eclectic people, clothes and inspiration. We’d go there to get clothes for the later-in-the-night shenanigans. After shopping at Little Five Points, we’d go to Juicy Crab to eat and pregame. After the pregame we’d go to either District, Believe Music Hall or the Underground for a rave. After the Rave we’d get waffle house and somehow make it home safely.
that’s just the first day. The rest of the week would be filled with attending galleries and art shows run by AtlantaArtEvents, walking the beltline, visiting the botanical garden, finding vegan spots like Slutty Vegan and attending at least one comedy show at the Monticello in Marietta. If we’re feeling like young tourists we’d hit up Edgewood too and end our week partying in Midtown.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother, my close friends and my boyfriend Grevory serve as my support and motivation to keep going as well as the reason I’m where I am at now in my career. My mother always demonstrated the resilience and strength needed to overcome many of life’s difficulties and she continuously made it look easy. When I got to college I found what I call now, my Soul Sisters; Michaela Moore, Paige Weeks, the late Mikala Mcneill, Cierra Cromartie, and Neysa Wellington. All of which are artists that motivated me and pushed me through honesty and unwavering support. My Boyfriend, Grevory is also a multi-faceted artist, DJ, and producer. He embodies the archetype of a magician in so many ways and his support and honesty with all my endeavors deserves a shoutout and so much more.
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