Featured Artists

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Artwork by Mark Modimola
Photograph of Mark Modimola

Mark Modimola (He/Him)

I am an African Visual Artist, born in South Africa. Originally a graphic designer, I consider myself a versatile creator, with a portfolio that explores the cadences of African identity and spirituality, often through the cultural aesthetics of portraiture and surrealism. I aim to emphasize the experience of blackness through my work. 

I believe in sharing positive representation to and for the black community while translating the complexity we bring to the world through vivid imagery. I am highly inspired by nature, it’s authenticity, unending originality and innovation. As such, my passions are tied in with Africa; its land and its people, this can be seen in my work.

View more of my work on instagram at @mark_draws

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ARTEMISIA i. The Healer

 

Artwork by Roger Fernandes
Photograph of Mark Modimola

Roger Fernandes (He/Him)

I am a Native American artist and storyteller whose work focuses on the art and legends of the Coast Salish tribes of western Washington. I am an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribe and I have a B.A. in Native American Studies from The Evergreen State College and a Masters Degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University.

I have worked in the field of Native education for over 40 years and use both art and storytelling as basic pathways for Indigenous learning. As such, I do classroom presentations for students and trainings for teachers to utilize their inherent gifts of art and story.

As a storyteller I help the audience see the meaning of storytelling in their modern lives and as an artist I strive to have them use this gift to enhance communication and learning.

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The Boy and the Wolf

 

Artwork by Saiyare Refaei
Photograph of Mark Modimola

Saiyare Refaei (They/Them/She/Her)

I am a Chinese Iranian artist based on the traditional lands of the Puyallup and Coast Salish peoples referred to as Tacoma, Washington. My favorite mediums include community murals, printmaking, drawings, and poetry. I strive to utilize art as a means of community building, education, and healing.

In 2020, I became a member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, a transnational decentralized network of artists committed to social, environmental, and political engagement. You can find more of my work at justseeds.org/artist/saiyarerefaei/ or @_saikick_ on Instagram.

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