5 artists explain how collaboration and inspiration fuels their art

5 artists explain how collaboration and inspiration fuels their art


Family is a nebulous term. Whether it’s your chosen family, or the group of individuals that you grew up with, there’s no denying the impact that working in a creative environment can have on art. According to these five artists, the concept of shared traits as much to do with pulling inspiration from a creative circle, and it has to do with having access to a guidebook. For artists working pushing the boundaries of traditional expressions of art, community means support, and having an example of what it means to resist against challenges, and ultimately, come out on top — whatever that definition may mean.


Jonathan Raksha


What characteristic do you feel “runs in your family?


Resilience


Who has had the biggest influence on your work, and why? 


My sister Naomi Raksha is my biggest inspiration because of what she has overcome to live her dreams and follow them. Despite circumstance & twists of fate and hard times she prevailed.


How would you describe the role that your creative community has played in your art, and how do they support you?


My creative community serves as a panel in which I have the luxury of testing my design and results come back instantly. Being able to receive feedback on designs from people worldwide at the blink of an eye gives me, the modern artist tremendous information whether my idea holds value or is merely a new picture in the sea of posts.


Myst Milano


What characteristic do you feel “runs in your family?


Strength in the face of adversity.


Who has had the biggest influence on your work, and why? 


Overall, Missy Elliott has been the most influential because of the unapologetic way she executes her creative vision, her undeniable talent, and her unique musical style and fashion sense.


How would you describe the role that your creative community has played in your art, and how do they support you?


My creative community plays a role of equal exchange in my artistic life by always giving back what they receive from me in energy, and it goes both ways. My community continues to push me by evolving and changing alongside me and helps me grow by challenging me, and I hope I do the same for them.


Brittany Farhat


What characteristic do you feel “runs in your family?


Ambition and hard work. 


Who has had the biggest influence on your work, and why? 


My family has had a huge influence on my work as I’ve witnessed them build a life and career for themselves completely from scratch — they’re entrepreneurs and small business owners that definitely live by a DIY ethos of their own. Working at Royal Mountain Records also had a big impact on me early on, as they were the centre of their own DIY community — one that embraced creativity in a way that was big, fun, inclusive, and without boundaries. On many occasions they let me turn the RMR house into an art installation for video projects, culminating in the music video I directed for Hollerado’s “Born Yesterday”.


How would you describe the role that your creative community has played in your art, and how do they support you?


DIY music communities/scenes have played a huge role in my art, not only by being the subject in all of my work, but also in that these communities foster a very positive environment for sharing and collaboration. DIY is a lifestyle that brings people together to create together! 


Scratch Bastid


What characteristic do you feel “runs in your family?


I feel that hospitality and kindness runs in my family. We have always been up for a get together, or better yet a party. We like to dance and have fun and bring an energy to a gathering. But beyond that, just looking out for people and making sure the people around us are okay and taken care of.  


Who has had the biggest influence on your work, and why? 


I would have to say DJ Jazzy Jeff. What that man has achieved in music & DJing is remarkable. Quality, diversity of styles & achievements, longevity, all done with an air of positivity. 



  1. How would you describe the role that your creative community has played in your art, and how do they support you?


Art comes from inspiration, and I am constantly inspired by the incredibly talented people that I keep in my circle locally, nationally, and internationally. The DJ community worldwide is very connected online, and through sharing videos, music, edits, and mixes, we support & inspire each other’s work. 


Jimmy Chiale


What characteristic do you feel “runs in your family?


Passion runs in my family.


Who has had the biggest influence on your work, and why? 


My love life has the biggest influence on my work. Love is my inspiration. I can’t really explain why, it’s just how it is. I guess maybe because love makes you want to express and impress. 


How would you describe the role that your creative community has played in your art, and how do they support you?


My community keeps me painting, supporting me by talking about me and my work to their entourage bringing me customers, or opportunities for work.



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