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Interview with Haitian Digital Photographer and Artist PhenomenaLewis – African Digital Artwork

Interview with Haitian Digital Photographer and Artist PhenomenaLewis – African Digital Artwork

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Lewis Derogene, generally known as PhenomenaLewis is a multimedia artists who makes use of images, efficiency artwork, drawing, sculpture, set up artwork, video artwork and poetry to talk on the Black expertise, primarily being a Black Haitian girl residing in the USA and the way that’s influenced by spiritualism, sociology, politics, psychology and different components that contribute to being human. 

I used to assume I couldn’t dwell with out an artist studio, however right here I’m nonetheless creating with out one. Now I notice that I can’t create with out life. I’ve all the time had a ardour for artwork so for so long as I dwell, I can create.

Allow us to start by attending to know you Lewis, are you able to please inform us extra about your self, the place are you from and the way did you start your journey into artwork.

My identify is Lewis Derogene and I’m a Haitian born Artist. My artist identify is PhenomenaLewis. I selected this moniker for myself after Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Girl” which I exude with confidence in my artwork, particularly in my self portrait images.

At a really younger age whereas I nonetheless lived in Ayiti I used to be surrounded by artists, my household. My mom was and nonetheless is a designer, my uncles and aunts are sculptors, musicians and painters. I’ve all the time been in awe of their uncooked skills and skill to easily create from their minds with inspiration from their environment that I knew since that artwork was my ardour.

 When did you first notice the significance of artwork in your life?

I spotted that artwork was the profession I needed to pursue regardless of many individuals telling me to not in highschool. That was the time when everybody had to determine what they needed to do, who they needed to be and what they needed to review in universities. I acquired many criticisms towards pursuing artwork the place lecturers and mentors would inform me to enter the medical or regulation discipline, however I stood beside my ardour regardless of fixed struggles and difficulties as a result of it makes me comfortable.

Are you able to describe the evolution of your creative fashion? (Have you ever all the time made artwork with this distinctive imaginative and prescient or what was your turning level into recognizing this fashion was your genuine “you”?)

The evolution of my creative fashion was from experimentation. I began out as an illustrator and would solely draw or paint till I used to be uncovered to different artwork types and mediums making me a multidisciplinary artist. So, inside my analysis and experimentation of various disciplines in school on the Faculty of Visible Arts I spotted the kind of message that’s finest for me to convey in visible type and what mediums help the perfect.
I’m really in my turning level proper now with this new undertaking that I’m engaged on referred to as “Inside Dialogue” which is an extension of my self portraiture utilizing digital images. Now, with this new undertaking, I’m branching again out into my different disciplines akin to writing poetry, efficiency, music composing, blended media/sculpture and set up artwork making with the identical sense of the elegant in aesthetic and mixing afro-futurism with classical portray illusions.

Lewis, Are you able to inform us concerning the course of of creating your work? We need to know a bit of concerning the significance and scope of your work. How do you make your work? Are there specific instruments/supplies/software program/know-how that you simply use? Is there a connection between your course of and your paintings’s message?

My course of is therapeutic. I begin off with a word or poem which supplies me an awesome feeling to seize my digital camera and begin snapping photographs. Once I do, I really feel like I’m performing, however just for myself. Then I depart the pictures in my digital camera for over 3 weeks earlier than I have a look at them once more. That’s as a result of I’m afraid I’ll spoil the imaginative and prescient hooked up to the images if I start to edit as quickly as I {photograph} them–it additionally permits room for change inside the imaginative and prescient. Once I start to edit, I exploit Adobe Photoshop totally on my IPad as a result of I can get into the small print higher and I do different edits on my laptop computer since not all of the options are out but on smaller units. Once I edit I often take away the background as a result of I plan so as to add my very own. I’ll isolate totally different sections like clothes or my pores and skin to vary or deepen the colours. Once I mix backgrounds with the foreground, I take essentially the most time as a result of to ensure that the mixing to look seamless, I’ve to shuttle with the element and the general picture.
So far as a connection to my messages with my artwork course of, there actually is a connection. It’s all proper there, my course of creates the top outcome that visually tells my messages.

What’s one artistic useful resource you possibly can’t dwell with out?

I used to assume I couldn’t dwell with out an artist studio, however right here I’m nonetheless creating with out one. Now I notice that I can’t create with out life. I’ve all the time had a ardour for artwork so for so long as I dwell, I can create.

Who/what conjures up you?

Many issues encourage me from nature, to spirituality, to psychology, politics, sociology and research of the elegant to my household, the Bible, Maya Angelou, Rembrandt, Muholi Zanele and far rather more.

What piece of recommendation would you give to younger aspiring African digital artists?

Don’t fear about not having fancy gear to create, use what you’ve gotten now, begin together with your telephones and afterward while you do have cash for fancier gear, you’ll notice you’ve gotten mastered expertise on a tool different individuals will deem not possible.

Lastly, Any present initiatives you possibly can speak about? What’s your final dream undertaking that you simply canʼt wait to work on, or be part of sometime?

I’m trying ahead to finishing this present undertaking that I’m engaged on, the timeline that I arrange for myself could must be prolonged due to the brand new items I plan on including. This undertaking known as Inside Dialogue and it’s an extension of my self portraiture analysis. It’s a dive deeper into Afro Cogitatio which is a time period I coined which means to replicate inside my Blackness. It’s an publicity of the vulnerability of being a Black girl. It’s a dialog of softness breaking by way of the stereotypical gaze of being a “robust black girl.” It’s a sense of being spiritually linked to the unknown. It’s a lot extra and I’m excited to convey your complete undertaking into a complete.
In the mean time you’ll be able to see my self portrait images from this undertaking which are fullon my website. I’m additionally having a Solo present preview for it this month from April 9 to the twenty ninth, 2022 on the House Gallery Positioned at 291 Grand Road, New York, NY. Opening reception is tomorrow, April 9 from 6-8PM EST.

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