Featured Visual Artist: Bree Stallings
Bree Stallings, a North Carolina-native multi-media artist, illustrator, writer and activist, is the featured visual artist in Imurj’s gallery for the month of September.
Painter to Muralist
Bree Stallings is the featured gallery artist for the month of September at Imurj. Bree is a North Carolina native and a classically trained painter turned muralist. Coming from a family of artists, she would work alongside her grandfather as a potter, and her mother as a painter. Located in Charlotte, she is branching out into other art forms as well, including sculptures. You can view her website and online gallery here.
Drawing inspiration from experiences, each piece of art is essentially a self-portrait. Similar to how people change over time, her artwork develops in tandem with the growth and change that she experiences. These changes aren’t for better or worse, but rather represent personal growth. Race, class, and privilege are main themes in her work, with an emphasis on how culture is shared between generations and families. Bree describes her work as defining “how we craft our own narrative and separating that from what the world gives us”.
Bree’s work starts on a blank page. Starting with words, her ideas morph into visuals and metaphors, and themes are created from connections seen between the ideas. Each piece of work has multiple stages, and is never truly considered “finished”. Bree places strong emphasis on her history in her exhibit “Where I’m From”. In this exhibit, Bree looks back on houses and locations from her past that hold strong memories. Other works focus on interactions while living within your own body, how others interact with you, and your self-image
Bree strives to create community conversations and bring up hard topics that people might not discuss otherwise. Alongside art, Bree uses poetry to address topics and issues that are near to her heart, while linking the poems back to her art. In the future, Bree wishes to continue working together in the community activating public art with interactive components that invite people to have these conversations and find the symbolism and deeper meaning within.
Bree Stallings: “Artists have a civic responsibility to be the sounds of creation and connection”