Anne Marie Sumner
It’s our first Q&A day!!! We’re so excited to have artist Trae Isaac as our speaker this month. Please read below for what keeps him creating in Detroit and who else inspires him. See you on Friday @ 8:30 @ Bamboo Detroit.
Why Detroit? What keeps you inspired here? This is my birthplace first and foremost, also I’ve grown to understand and accept Detroit as not just a city but a training ground that develops dense character and a sense of grind or hustle. My inspiration to create has always come from within, however Detroit keeps me inspires me to be more creative from a business standpoint as there is a wide demographic of people from various backgrounds and cultures. It is my responsibility to make myself and my brand not only dissimilar in presentation, but also universally acceptable because of such.
What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on?
To date my favorite project was my first painting to be featured in a museum, in 2016 I created a piece called “The Master” that hung inside of The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. That piece is particularly special not just because of that, but also it took me over the course of 2-years to finish, which to date is the longest I’ve ever taken to complete a painting.
What is your dream project?
My dream project is to have the opportunity to mural-wrap an entire buildings exterior, covering every surface possible from ground-to-roof.
What do you do when you feel creatively stuck?
Personally I’ve been blessed with a seemingly unlimited stream of creative inspiration. Amongst the many lessons I’ve learned throughout my life and career, I was taught to “have multiple irons in the fire” when it came to diversifying my time and talents. That, coupled with the fact that I always challenge myself to never be unilateral in my creating, almost ensures that I never lack inspiration to get the process going. However a piece of advice I can give for those who may have blocks at times, it is always best to break your comfort-zone and challenge yourself to create based on different feelings/events/situations. That way you open yourself to thinking differently and eventually creating differently.What goals or big events do you have coming up in 2019?
Through the entirety of 2019 I’ll be releasing new collections of art monthly based on the various elements I’ve mastered throughout my over 10-year career as an artist. The Collection of Shows is called “The Divine Dozen”, and each show takes place each month of 2019. I’ve chosen to do this as not only a challenge for myself, but also to raise awareness of my brand and talents. I strongly encourage any art enthusiast or appreciator to come view the beginning of the Divine Dozen on January 26th (info on www.TraeIsAAc.com)
Who is another creative or artist in Detroit that we need to know about?
Gerard Thierde (@thierde on IG) is an amazing visual artist overall who specializes in tattoos and fine art. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him and watching him evolve as a creator since about 2012, He has developed a signature style true to his character and a growing support base through his multiple mediums.