Forrest Millsap & Shana Sweet

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Medium: Mixed Media

Artwalk 2017 Location: 23rd Street Art Plaza (Between 1st & 2nd Avenues N)

Shana Sweet

Since I was a child I have always felt a strong urge to create art. I’ve dappled in several mediums including ceramics for eleven years, which has recently transcended to concrete and hypertufa. I love the simplicity of concrete and the surface imperfections left behind. I combine my love of plants and gardens into beautiful planters by integrating the two. I like to think that even if the plant dies, it’s ok, the planter will still stand and give opportunity to nurture a new. Over the past two years I have taught myself how to make stained glass. My stained glass works incorporate my love of nature and light. When the sun hits the glass and illuminates my designs I am overwhelmed with pure happiness and peace of mind. I believe art should make the viewer feel. Feel anything: bliss, a sad memory, joy, as well as heartbreak. Ultimately I like to think my works reflect life change and the wonderful phases people endure while finding our way in this mad world.

 Forrest Millsap’s artist statement

 As a native of Birmingham my family is rooted in the steel industry.  For this reason I feel a natural attraction to metal, it makes sense to me. The objects I create are usually of a utilitarian nature, I prefer creating things that will be used for a specific purpose. 


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