by Sarah Whitney
© 2021 Sarah Whitney
Describe your painting:
I created the multicolored arms creating the symbol of the heart. The arms are enclosing the words Come 2gether within it. I made the words Rainbow to incorporate the LGBTQ Community as well as the multiracial aspect. Within the background there are doves (as symbols of peace), hearts (symbol of love) and equal signs for equality.
What inspired you?
I wanted to create a piece of unity and it made me think of my favorite childhood song by the Beatles. The idea of us all coming together and loving one another for our differences not just similarities. I created the multicolored arms creating the symbol of the heart with doves ( as symbols of peace), hearts (symbol of love) and equal signs for equality.
What is your background as an artist?
I have always been involved in the arts. Growing up in New York I would go into the City to museums and galleries regularly with my mom and sister. This love of art led me to major in Art at Ohio State University. I was inspired there by my professor Pheoris West to when an assignment to paint our dreams led me to abstraction. I followed this inspiration for many years through color and inspiration from algaes and how light filters through water and nature. Throughout my artistic years this inspiration has ebbed and flowed. I lived in California for 12 years. Here I was introduced to teaching art to others. Teaching art has influenced and inspired my creating as I get to see how others see the world as well. Most recently I have been creating abstractions of viruses and autoimmune diseases as I have been affected by them throughout my life. I love playing with multimedia.
Do you have a connection to Garner or did you learn anything new about Garner as a result of your painting?
I was the Art Teacher at Creech Rd. Elementary. I recently left and will be teaching at a at a school in Raleigh. I learned from my time there that there is an amazing community of a diverse population that is warm and inclusive.