Hi, I’m Dylan. I’m a 19-year-old student who is attending Ithaca College. I’m originally from NYC, but I moved to New Jersey when I was 13 years old. The transition was difficult but, I’ve moved around a lot so I have my strategies for adjusting to new places. I am biracial (half white, half black). I do not know much about my ethnicity, but my mom is Nigerian and Edo (according to 23 and Me haha). Both my parents are from the South, so culturally that’s what I got.
I have a list in my Notes app where I write down any ideas I have for art. As soon as I think of something (no matter how random or bizarre), I write it down and revisit it if I ever need my creative juices flowing or if I have an immediate need to create. So essentially, this piece was inspired by nothing. I just had a random thought of juxtapositioning sharp objects with a balloon animal and boom, I came up with this. I love the colors in this piece, and the small details I put into it. I painted this on a small piece of canvas (5×7), so I surprised myself with my precision. Because of that, I’m really proud of it, and it is honestly one of my favorite works.