Malaika Boyd (Kobaltkween): "Art is a way to communicate indirectly"

Dec 08, 2015 at 02:48 pm by -gToon

So, obviously I'm a writer and whenever I read something, I take into account how I feel afterward. Do I feel a connection to the writer or writing? Does the writer speak to me through their words and language? Or, do I simply have no feeling whatsoever while reading a piece? Well, if I do in fact, 'feel' something, that's when you know it's worth sharing. And, when I asked Renderosity vendor/member Malaika Boyd (Kobaltkween) about how she got into art, I could visually see her through the words.

How has art changed your life?

Wow- that's really hard to say. I started drawing at about 6 or 7, was working with clay by 10 or so, and by 7th grade never went anywhere without my sketchbook. At the same time, my father's best friend and his wife, both artists, lived about an hour away, so we visited them a lot. There was always art on the walls of our home, and most of it was by friends. That's still true of my parent's home. Some of my fondest childhood memories are going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Guggenheim in NYC. I might be able to say how important art is to me, but it's hard to say how it changed me since it was almost always a part of my life.

What is it about art that you love?

The art I love most tells the truth using symbols and allegories. I think sometimes you need to sneak up on the truth or tell it sideways to communicate all its nuance. I'm also a sucker for pure aesthetics. I love almost anything that plays with light, shadow, and color.

I think there's another component, too, one that's harder for me to pin down. I often question what keeps me tied to the content community, especially now that I make more than I buy. Most of the work in the content community is just someone's idea of an hour or so of fun. To go by what I've seen in forums and galleries over the years, for most people, their work is at once important to them yet not a serious craft. I think I'm drawn to how egalitarian the tools are, and how it gives so many people a way to express themselves. People in the content community make pictures for the joy of it, for the fun of it. The tools and content make it relatively easy for people to share their personal vision with the world. There's something really special about that.

What does art mean to you?

Art is a way to communicate indirectly. It's a way of saying something beyond what's on the page or the screen. Ideally, it helps connect us to each other.

I think it's also therapeutic. Whether it's as life-changing as reacting to a death or just a bit of fun at the end of the day, sharing images seems to help people and brighten their lives.

How did you become so passionate about art and why?

Again, I'd have to go back to my childhood for that answer. I think part of it was all the factors I described. The other part was my love of stories---especially fantastic ones. Clarke was wrong. The difference between technology and magic is that no matter how advanced it is, anyone can make technology work. Magic is art, and even if everyone could do it, no one would do it exactly like anyone else (at least not on purpose).

I think the stories we tell each other make us who we are, both collectively and individually. I think the images we share shape our view of the world. I think art is how we make sense of ourselves and our lives. But most of all, I think for most people, art is just how we put a little more of what we love into the world and share it with others, hoping they'll enjoy it as much as we do.

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