Gallery Shows, Commissions, Mural Installations, & other works by Selah Laurel

For those that do not know, I used to be a full-time student athlete from 5th grade until sophomore year of college. I went to play basketball for 2 years at a JUCO and ended up tearing my ACL and Meniscus.

 

That injury as well as the lovely politics that go with any competitive sport, ended my career. I do plan/hope to get back to the game and coach at some point in my life, but for right now, I'm kinda loving this art thing.

I have always been an artist at heart. My family and even my very first art teacher would tell you that since a young girl art flowed very easily through my body. I loved to dance, sing and make music. Even more than that though I loved to draw, paint and create with anything I could.

 

It was very hard to do much art with as much basketball as I played. I would take as many classes as I could, though that ended when the art program was cut from my JUCO my freshman year!

Once I stepped away from basketball I had taken the summer to really determine what I wanted to do next. I had zero clue, and the world just kept going.

 

Protests began following the death of George Floyd. My cousins and I attended almost every single one from the start. About halfway through the protests random black boxes began to pop up around every light pole in Civic Center Park.

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Black Love Mural Festival

It had gotten to the third day of protests and these random black boxes began to pop up all around Civic Center. I ran around the entire park looking for who was in charge because I had a feeling they would be used for art.

I would eventually run into a man named Rob who is apart of the IRL Art team. I showed him my art, which he liked.He then said he was a busy man, but if I blew his phone up he promise to give me a shot.

About 2 days later I got a response saying I could be apart of the festival and that I would be collaborating with a more established artist.

I began my very first mural with a very talented artist named Vincent Gordon. He was very kind and let me showcase my talent in the center, adding just the perfect touches to the background. 

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It was so much fun watching him paint. I got to meet a bunch of a different artists, curators, and collectors throughout the week. We had held block parties and candle light vigils in the park, all which would help my art be seen.

Eventually, I met many great artists who would lend a mentoring-hand. Lindee Zimmer, Detour, and JustCreatedIt. I also met someone that would later become my boss, mentor, and friend Moe Gram.

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Black Love Mural Festival

I was quickly thrown into the world of art once Rob had connected me with the right people. My art spoke for itself, and the people seemed to appreciate it.

I loved working with Vincent, he taught me we work in layers when it comes to the larger paintings. I have a very artistic approach to creating a piece of work sometimes. I do not always start with a background first... or at least I didn't.

 

I learned what kind of paint works outside in the sun and for larger walls, and which paint does not.

 

I learned that painting on different surfaces sometimes requires different techniques, brushes, and paint to cover completely. 

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