Posts in Voices
Brian Kuehn

Brian is continually fascinated with the struggles and hard work of the generations who came before him. His ancestors immigrated from Germany in the late 1800s. He reflects on the fact that his grandmother lived in a sod house on the North Dakota prairie. Reflecting on her hard, yet beautiful, life served as part of Brian’s inspiration for the “Farmers Series.” Among the images in the series are many people picking crops and working the farm. These images are often a result of a combination of his personal experience growing up in rural America and inspiration from old photographs he found while searching archives. Whether painting landscapes or flowers or people, ultimately, Brian’s work is about telling stories.

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From Silence to Speaking

I discovered silence for the first time on our frozen pond in Upstate New York in the winter, when my breath turned into clouds. Twigs snapped in the woods, but under that was a quiet that laced through the spaces between trees. It was a gentle quiet that held everything. I didn’t fully register it then, so focused on the scritch-scritch of my skates as I ankle-skated across the ice. 

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Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton’s work focuses on the aesthetics, philosophies, and key symbols inherent throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. He strives to create a dialogue between contemporary Black cultures and the ancient African world. He seeks to describe a complex and varied Black aesthetic through a visual comparison of that which is shared amongst Black peoples around the world. These cultural analyses—the aesthetic, philosophical, and symbolic connections—form his visual language. His pieces depict African thought and culture as equal to, yet unique from, its western analogue. His work stands in stark contrast to the pervasive negative associations, which have become synonymous with Black culture.

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Basil Kincaid

Basil Kincaid’s quest is to understand the wild tapestry of his own personal identity and cultural identity within the African Diaspora, contextualized by the scaffolding of his American experience. He practices self exploration, historical investigation, and critical social questioning to cultivate healing on a personal and cultural level, towards the remedy of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

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Why Empathy Is The Medicine The World Needs

Remember to check in with your heart. It will always tell you that the good is more powerful than any darkness, and that even in times of darkness, your belief in the good will ignite the light of others. One light becomes two, which become millions. It might take a little time, but have faith. With empathy, we have the power to change the world.

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