On her mixtape, The Dynesti ReWrites Vol 1.
I was never fully satisfied with the project and how it turned out. It was released on November 16, 2012 and it proved to be a serious learning experience for me. I lacked professionalism and self-discipline and I rushed it, but it served a greater purpose. From it I was able to self-reflect, work on some flaws, and grow. The project showed potential, and for that reason, it is worth listening to. Now I am working on my LP entitled “I Am Me” and the upgrades in quality, performance, and overall professionalism should be undeniable.
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What inspires you?
I’m inspired by how beautifully messed up the world is, how beautifully messed up the people in this world are, and how beautifully messed up I am. I believe there is an art to the chaos of the universe and it comes together in a beautiful way that deserves to be noticed.
Describe your art?
I try to ensure that my art brings forth some form of joy and/or healing. I believe that world healing begins through self-reflection and self-acceptance, so I try to create art that allows people to accept/love themselves and others. I believe many people are afraid to be who they are because they care so much about titles, definitions, religion, class, etc. I would like my art to allow people to fall in love with themselves, flaws and all, so I speak the truth without apologies.
Welcome to the first installment of SKETCH’s Featured Culturemaker for 2013. Dynesti is one of our multi-talented Community Artists. Over the next couple of weeks, we will share her thoughts on her art, what inspires her and her experience with SKETCH.
New Year, New Sounds
Enjoy new music from SKETCH musicians Mozes Black, Peter Bones and Insufferable Noise Machine! Recorded at our very own recording studios, click each pic to listen and support!
How did you get started as an artist?
“Everyday life, I guess. Sometimes I get stuff from my emotions, but I also like being inspired by the materials that I get ‘cause most of the stuff that I work with is like recyclables or stuff that people have thrown out that they don’t need anymore so that also kind of inspires what I’m going to do. So if I find beads I’ll work on something that incorporates beads, and if I find leather then I’ll come up with something that will be like what I found.”
- SKETCH’S featured artist Susan
What inspires you?
“Well, growing up I guess art was everywhere, ‘cause if you need like a doll or something, you have to make it yourself, you need a ball to play with, you find stuff and make it yourself. I guess that influenced, kind of made me want to work with my hands. At the school, the school system I went to in Kenya had like these emphases on indigenous types of art and we had compulsory lessons where we had to take, we had to do these crafts and get tested on it, yeah, pretty much. Here, there’s like a whole bunch of different types of art that I came and saw and wanted to try so that was another way I kind of picked up the kind of stuff that I do.”
“My art is kind of weird, hard to explain, because I don’t do one specific thing, I kinda meld them, like leather, natural fibers, plant things – knitting, sewing, accessories, stuff like that. I don’t know if that’s an explanation [laughs] but …” – Susan, SKETCH Featured Culture Maker