For this month’s Paper Koi Interview, I had a chance to interview an adept painter, Esteafan Jack.Esteafan Jack grabs his acrylic paints and devises these captivating images that vividly encapsulate the sweet and meaningful interactions between everyday human experiences. Generously and sincerely, Jack was able to open up about his work and give us a peek into his thought process when creating. When looking at … Continue reading Esteafan Jack: Spreading Solace Onto Each Canvas.
Toni Chä, 21, is a digital artist from New Haven, Connecticut. She spoke on her creativity, culture, and the importance of labeling artist. She also touches on the lack of understanding potential clients can have when it comes to requesting art. We learn more about what she enjoys eating and what she is listening to. What is your background? I am twenty-one years old, I … Continue reading Toni Chä: Explains Being an Artist Who is Black, The Lack of Understanding For Artists, & Her Favorite Thing About Connecticut
Bhen Alan, 25, is a Fillipino Artist who attends UMASS Dartmouth. He was raised in the Philippines for seventeen years before emigrating to Canada. He lived there for three years until he finally moved to Wareham, Massachusetts for almost five years. Through his responses, he explains how he challenges ideas through his work and more. Were you always creative or did you learn through … Continue reading Bhen Alan: Studying at UMASS Dartmouth, Art Being All Around Us , & Using Art as a Form of Power.
I met up with a rapper by the name of Aric Andino. We met up at Chick E.D’s, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The restaurant had an inviting aura and food smelled amazing. Aric Andino was there with an equally inviting smile preaching about how Chick E.D’s was the best spot chicken spot in Springfield. With customers bustling in, I could see he wasn’t lying. Aric … Continue reading Aric Andino: Learning How to Freestyle, the Drastic Changes in Hip-Hop, & the Thief of Joy
Aviolah Joseph, 21, a young black photographer who resides in New York. With every photo I personally witnessed individuality, beauty, and some type of solid truth. I was able to get her to talk about her art, her views on music today, and more. When did you realize photography was your niche? Well, technically it’s not my niche because the term niche is defined as “a … Continue reading Aviolah Joseph: Having an Artist’s Eye, Being A Photographer, & Her thoughts on Today’s Upcoming Rappers
Joe the CEO, 22, also known as Joseph Seal is an artist/author from Springfield, Massachusetts. He’s been drawing characters for years and has even created his own variations of superheroes. It just doesn’t stop there either, homie even wrote TWO books! I had a chance to read the first one and I’m anticipating reading the second book. I caught up with him at his cozy … Continue reading Joe the CEO: Drawing Bart Simpson on Walls, Writing His Own Books, & Representation for the Kids
SHAMROK, 24, and I met up at Pulse Cafe, a plant-based restaurant located in Hadley, Massachusetts. Once we walked in, SHAMROK spotted their grand piano and immediately started playing. Disregarding the “Staff Only” sign on it, he began to play a mellow jazz tune immediately gaining the attention of others. Some of the staff politely asked if they could record him play, he kindly approved … Continue reading SHAMROK: His R&B/Hip-Hop Artistry, Wanting to work with Young Thug, & Culture Vultures
New York Photographer, Corey Higgins, briefly opens up about the ins and outs of being a self-taught photographer. Continue reading Corey Higgins: Becoming a Photographer, the Set Backs, & Not Listening