We had the good fortune of connecting with Ingra D’Abram and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ingra, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued an artistic career because I desired to create an unspoken universal language with no limits of expression. Art is the purest form of creativity and expression. I love that Art mimics melody by attracting through senses. Just like melody, Art is felt and interpreted by the individual. An expression of Art can speak a thousand words with many definitions, whereas a word in any context has only one definition. I share a love of Art with my Elders, who also loved to create Art as an expression of freedom. Art has no boundaries, caps, or bottom lines. Art is synonymous with freedom. As long as the world is able to create Art, we will always be free. I am honored to be able to contribute to Freedom.
Art has many textures, layers, colors, and specialties, just like life itself. It’s rewarding to see Art speak to a person. To touch one’s creative layer to be valued and enjoyed is happiness. I have my mother to thank for sharing her creativity with me and allowing me to express my Art at a young age. Ingra D’Abram Artistry was born when my mother gave me a Make-Up kit when I was 15 years old in the 90s. My mother taught me the basics of how to apply Make-Up and how to compliment tones. My mother also had a love for ceramics. I would watch my mother create beautiful pieces of Artwork that started from liquid and ended in a beautiful Art piece. I am thankful my mother shared with me the basics of Sculpture and Ceramics. Ingra D’Abram Artistry marries the Art of Beauty and the Art of paint and sculpture for this reason.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most excited to share my expression of creativity and beauty with the world. Getting here was not easy. I started out in my professional career as Master’s level Social Worker with a specialty in Elder Care and Mental Health. Although providing outreach and resource services to those in need, I felt I could do a little more to add to the structured world of theories, and that was to create a world opposite of my educational practices. This brought me to hosting my fist Art show in 2008. This was the first time I realized I can give back to the community through another language – ART. In this language I could knock down theories and even create beauty out of chaos. I had to overcome the challenges of being criticized along the way. One piece of Art has the power to speak a thousand words and each individual speaks their own language when identifying with Art. Some Art may find itself to be more valuable than others. and in some instances, Artist may be doubtful of their creations. I’ve learned you have to keep going. Your need for expression and freedom has to be greater than your doubt. This is one of the most important ways to set yourself apart from others. To keep going is to continue to advance in your creative space and it will only get better with time.
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?
My favorite spots in the City of Atlanta includes natural elements – Any of Atlanta’s Parks. I would have to take my friend to Mozley Park as there is a statue of my grandmother – Dorothy Bolden which outlines her efforts of how she birth and created a movement for Domestic Workers. My grandmother was the first generation in my family to create a form of beauty and art through organizing. I would also take my friend to the Georgia Aquarium. MLK Center. I would have to introduce my friend to the fondest Soul Food eatery – Busy Bee. I would also give my friend a history lesson of the rich Civil Right’s History of Atlanta. We would tour the largest Black University Center in the Nation – Atlanta University Center. We would visit the High Museum of Art and Five Points.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mother-Altermiece Gates for introducing me to the Arts, Ty Lewis for believing in me and my talents, and my daughter Indigo, who provides me with the FAITH and strength to share my ART with the world.
Linkedin: Ingra Dabram