“Keeping my Sanity” with Kevelyn Vargas

Kevelyn Vargas “Everything im not made me everything i am” – Kanye West IG- @bykevelyn Queens, NY What is Art to you? Art is my way of keeping my sanity because theirs no rules. That’s what’s dope about knowing the difference between design and art. I can do whatever I please with art, with design […]

Kevelyn Vargas

“Everything im not made me everything i am” – Kanye West

IG- @bykevelyn

Queens, NY



What is Art to you?

Art is my way of keeping my sanity because theirs no rules. That’s what’s dope about knowing the difference between design and art. I can do whatever I please with art, with design I’m solving visual problems.

Would you consider yourself an artist or a designer?

I’d consider myself both. I can be both just fine. I’m an artist when I have a vision in my mind that just urgently needs to be put on paper or a canvas. I’m a designer when I’m putting together a way for my clients customers to understand and communicate with them well.


So explain your creative process from the moment an idea pops into your head to it becoming reality?

I usually get inspired by my surroundings & I always carry a sketch book. I’m super detailed with my notes in my sketches so I never lose memory of the fire details that sparked my interest. When you have a vision you just have it, i guard it and pursue it.

Who and or what inspires you? 

I can be inspired by anything so I wouldn’t really like to put a label on it.

So why the rose? Like with the ice cream cone and the Hennessy  bottle, where did that concept arrive from?

Honestly, I have a deep connection with roses. My grandmothers name is Rosa & she will forever have my heart. The New York Rose Water piece was inspired by a funny conversation I had with my sister. The Rose Cone was inspired by a hot summer day.


So you’re pieces more than just being aesthetically appealing, they all carry some type of story behind them? 

Majority of them do, a handful don’t.

Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself thru art that you don’t think you would have learned other wise?

I’ve learned that I’m stronger that I thought I was. I used art as a way to heal myself and communicate with the world in a moment when I felt so misunderstood.


With that said, Where do you see your art taking you in the future? 

I’ll willing to go wherever it takes me, hopefully great places. But I know it’s something I know for a fact I’ll spend my lifetime doing.

“Muted Tones” with Liz Hallwood

Liz Hallwood “Lifting as we climb” Ig: @FrizzieMiss_Lizzy New York What is Art to you? Art to me is something that is both personal and communal. A way of self-reflection to process my emotions and articulate sentiments that I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do verbally. Art making is also something that I feel needs to […]

Liz Hallwood

“Lifting as we climb”

Ig: @FrizzieMiss_Lizzy
New York


What is Art to you?

Art to me is something that is both personal and communal. A way of self-reflection to process my emotions and articulate sentiments that I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do verbally. Art making is also something that I feel needs to be shared and talked about with others in the community. I think everyone whether they identify as an artist or not can gain something by engaging in the creative process of art. Above all else Art to me is fun, I try to never take myself too seriously with it.


I agree, everyone can gain something thru art weather they create or appreciate the work, how long have you been creating for?
Exactly! I have been creating for as long as I can remember, as a child I was always making friendship bracelets, knitting, sewing and drawing but really only thought of it as a hobby and it wasn’t until 2 years into college I realized it was more to me than a hobby and something I could do professionally and and feel comfortable with calling myself an artist.


As an artist is there anything you’ve learned about yourself thru art that you think you would have otherwise?
Yes, plenty! Through art making I have become more observant and aware of myself and surroundings. I discovered a love and appreciation  of nature and being outdoors which has lead me to become more introspective and help manage my Emotions and become more present and mindful


How would you describe your art style?
I feel like my art can occupy a variety of designated styles but would say I find that I’m drawn to process-based making that is figurative, spatial, and ephemeral.


May you elaborate on that.
Of course. In the work I create usually in varying mediums I’m   more focused on the experience of making the work and less so on the finished product. For example most of my landscape works were started outdoors where I could sense all the smells and sounds and energy of my surroundings. Incorporating that sense of space and time of a fleeting moment is something I try to have in all of my work.

Thats super dope, so you are more  than just painting, you are capturing a moment and the energy of that moment. 
Yes! That’s what I’m striving for.


Lets talk about your use of color, how do you go about choosing your color palette?
Color is so fun for me to experiment  with And my palette is covered in chaos! I’m usually drawn to the subtly of muted natural tones that create a sense of calmness. I like to experiment with using color to make imagery that hovers above the line of being both visceral and beautiful.

Even with the muted natural tones you still manage to make color vibrant and pop, Who and or what inspired you?
I’m inspired by the small moments of beauty like walking to my car after work and appreciating that the sun is still out and experiences that I’ve shared with others.For example a few of my paintings are inspired by moments of discovering a hidden view with friends while hiking whether it be a new location or just seeing something in a new light. Stylistically, the artist Jenny Saville has been the most inspiring for me with her large scale paintings and “aggressive” way of mark making. As a woman it’s empowering to take up and reclaim my space with my art.


Where do you see your work taking you in the future?  

In the future I’d like to to either join or create a creative space for people to create, learn teach and share their art. I want to constantly be learning and experimenting with new materials as a way to express myself.


“Portraits” recap

Saturday, November 25th of 2017 MEGAA Hosted “Portraits” a Photography Exhibition showcasing six unique Photographers each with their own individual styles. With this showcase, much like our previous events we accomplished exactly what we set out to create. . . A VIBE with dope art, great music and beautiful people. Below you can check out […]

Saturday, November 25th of 2017 MEGAA Hosted “Portraits” a Photography Exhibition showcasing six unique Photographers each with their own individual styles. With this showcase, much like our previous events we accomplished exactly what we set out to create. . . A VIBE with dope art, great music and beautiful people. Below you can check out the interviews we had with each Photographer along with a recap video of the event. Create. Wave. Repeat. MEGAA

Caroline Cardoso

Jo Billion

Paige Ariel

William Shargo 

Melvin Cabreja

Natalia Luna

Andie M. Clarkson


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Strictly Film with Caroline Cardoso

Caroline Cardoso “I am my own experiment. I am my own artwork.” -Madonna ig: @cecewolfs Trenton, New Jersey   What sparked your interest in photography? ​I started working closely with photographers and cinematographers at FIT in Chelsea and did my first fashion film during that time. I’ve been studying film and screen for over 5 […]

Caroline Cardoso

“I am my own experiment. I am my own artwork.” -Madonna

ig: @cecewolfs

Trenton, New Jersey

 


What sparked your interest in photography?

​I started working closely with photographers and cinematographers at FIT in Chelsea and did my first fashion film during that time. I’ve been studying film and screen for over 5 years now so I think my film and photography world just collided without me even knowing. I bought my first 35mm camera when I was a freshman and since then I’ve never put it down.



What is your preference when it comes to working with digital and film cameras?

I strictly use film cameras. In such a digital age and the peak of tim for Instagram and social media platforms, I’ve come to move away from digital photography more and more. With digital, you can manipulate and change things easily; with film, the photo is what the photo is, and something about have a raw, original image is more genuine to me than digital.


What camera are you currently using?
I use a Nikon FE using 35mm film.


 What is your favorite thing to shoot?

People. I love capture people for who they are and how they want to represent themselves in whatever angel or lens they want to present themselves. People I know, people I don’t know, anyone I can capture to tell a story.



I see both photography and videography as ways for one to express themselves, what made you choose one over the other?

I don’t think I have chosen one over the other, nor will I in the future. Photo and video for me come hand in hand and without one I wouldn’t have the other.



Walk me thru a day in the life of Caroline with her camera, like what triggers you to turn on your camera and take a picture?

​I never leave the house without a camera. Usually I’ll have a disposable camera with me for small shots, and two FE’s with me at all times; one to shoot black and white film, and the other to shoot color film. Honestly anyone that catches my eye is my subject. I love shooting photos of people and being in Brooklyn and the city, the available content has no limit.



What do you draw inspiration from or is there anybody or anything that influences you?​

​Robert Capa is a photographer that I look up to who is a war photographer from Hungary that only photographed people during war periods. He was able to capture the essence of these people and their stories in just one photo which is exactly what I want to do. Other people that inspire me are anyone in my life really. The people around me are the ones that I want to capture and tell stories about, it’s so inspiring.