Flooding Us With Art: JB Nearsy
WHAT INSPIRED THIS PIECE OF ART?
Flooding on a Friday is part of my Neighborhoods Series, which have included landscapes from various St. Louis city locations. This piece is a spatial memory examination of the area surrounding an apartment that was in Tower Grove East. It represents the closest houses to my former apartment, as well as the general architecture of the neighborhood and that of many areas in the city of St. Louis.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND IT?
When I painted Flooding on a Friday, I had in mind a specific day when it rained very heavily for several hours, and then the sun abruptly came out following the downpour. The streets were wet and water was still moving across the pavement and alongside the street curbs, but the homes surrounding the roads were illuminated. I wanted to depict the feelings evoked in me of coolness on the streets, but with warm light cast sharply across the houses.
WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS PIECE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ART FOR THE ANGELS BENEFIT?
I selected this particular painting to contribute to Art for the Angels Benefit because even the toughest times can be followed by beauty and peace. Much like the downpour and thunderstorms which left water running through the streets, unfortunate life circumstances can be compared to a great storm that leaves lasting effects. Following a period of severe weather, the sun does come out again - or looked at as metaphor, the lives of those exposed to hardship can still become something beautiful, and that one storm not allowed to define an entire life. In this way I hope the painting represents healing.
THERE ARE MANY ORGANIZATIONS IN REGION THAT SEEK OUT CREATIVES FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR AUCTIONS TO SUPPORT THEIR CAUSE. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INVOLVED WITH DIVINEMOIRA STUDIO AND THE ANGEL BAND PROJECT?
Divinemoira Studio spreads knowledge about many social issues, is comprehensive in doing so, and also accurate in their informative messages to the community and their network. I respect the degree to which Divinemoira Studio communicates such facts, as well as their transparency in doing so. The Angel Band Project is for a very well deserved cause, which alone merits contribution. The event will also be a lot of fun and I think everyone will be able to enjoy themselves while feeling good about their support and participation in the benefit.
THE MONTH OF APRIL IS DEDICATED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS. THIS YEAR THE CAMPAIGN FOCUSES ON CONSENT. SPECIFICALLY “I ASK.”
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW ART CAN MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THIS CAMPAIGN?
Respect for one another’s feelings and honesty in all situations are traits that I feel are important. In art which rings true to me, I can see or feel the degree to which the artist was honest with themselves in relating to their subject matter, imagery, composition, or aesthetic. The amount of respectfulness with which an artist delivers a message to the audience of any work is also something that I notice. With sexual assault awareness month and the campaign as a whole, these qualities of respectfulness and honesty relate to how we deal with one another as people, even in intimate instances. I could see any art that delivers an honest comment while maintaining respect for its viewers as being positively influential to victims. Art of all forms can bring peace. The more honest and respectfully aware an artwork is, the greater its relief can be.