Talin S. — Said What

Talin S.
11th Grade — The Berkeley Carroll School
Brooklyn, NY

My art blends a fusion of color and visual sound. I hope to translate my experience as a young Black man into beauty and resiliency with my creations.

As an artist, I feel like my work is defined by two words: colorful and loud. When I paint, draw, or express myself through any medium, my main hope is to convey a piece of myself in each work. Through the style I have found for myself, I feel like I am able to do this. I approach every canvas I work on with the same attitude of calm impatience. This is because I am a very visually expressive person. When an image comes into my mind so clearly that I'm prompted to create it, I simply can't wait for the opportunity. However, this is not to say in the slightest, that I am a brash or irrational artist, but rather that I take great joy in savoring my artistic process. It is when I am listening to music, tool in hand, that I feel most at peace with myself. The dedication that I have to my art in that zone is so hypnotic I can easily let hours slip away. So, when I paint, I am painting the sounds I hear, and the things I taste on the roof of my mouth. That is what my art is at its core, the experiences of my life.

I work in a variety of mixed mediums. I blend acrylic paints, oil paints, wood, glass, ink, and many other materials.

Said What — Poster board, magazines, marker, glue, sparkles, water color)


Out of these three pieces, I utilized the most critical thought in patching together these vignettes on a backboard. My goal was to express the theme of time and change through the lens of a child. There is a level of happiness and euphoria it conveys through its graphics, and more than anything, that playful is what I was trying to present.