by Stephanie Barrera Moran
Stephanie Barrera Moran is a Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities major at LaGuardia Community College. Her self portrait includes linocut printmaking and the use of acrylic paint. She’s using flowers to express herself as they represent innocence, goodbyes, and new beginnings.
by Maria Clara Perez
Maria Clara Perez is Fine Arts student at LaGuardia Community College from Venezuela, who moved 3 years ago and is still experiencing the unlimited beauty of New York while expressing her art and the way that she perceives the world.
by blessing kalu wilson
blessing kalu wilson is an art student of LaGuardia Community College. This is their first published art work.
by Lhakpa Doma
Some Questions for Lhakpa Doma
What inspired you to create “Self Portrait”?
This is a self portrait which represents my religion, my ambition, and my personal nature. In the picture the flower and the wheel which has replaced the head is a linoleum print. I love nature and love being around nature, and that is the reason why I have made the background full of flowers with leaves. I drew pictures of flowers and leaves from a greeting card that one of my friends had sent me. I have always wanted to serve society, and I used to do volunteer work back in my country Nepal. So after coming to the United States, I resumed my studies and decided to be a nurse because I believe that by being a nurse I could fulfil my aim of helping people in need. In the portrait I have glued a silhouette of a nurse to show my commitment and my future. In the place of my head I have printed a wheel, which is also called the wheel of Dharma which represents Buddha’s teaching. This wheel particularly has eight spokes which represent the eight noble paths that Buddha showed us to take in order to achieve enlightenment. The eight spokes represent the right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right concentration and right mindfulness. I grew up listening to my grandmother’s stories and she always used to teach us about Buddha’s teaching and Buddha’s stories which have a great impact on me, so I thought instead of showing my physical body why not show what I always believe in and how I feel inside. I have painted the wheel blue because my favourite colour is blue. I have cut white papers in the shape of a bird and glued them together to represent peace. I want peace and happiness to fly everywhere and especially in a time like this when the world is facing a pandemic. The colours I chose here are blue, red, yellow, green and white, which according to Buddhism, represent the five elements which are fundamental for human beings and nature.
Lhakpa Doma is a current student at LaGuardia Community College.
by Jeffrey Quinde
Some Questions For Jeffrey Quinde
What inspired you to create “Deprecandi”?
One of my biggest flaws as a person is to sabotage myself with any opportunity given to me. I want to change a lot of aspects in my life but there is a difference between motivation and change. This art piece show the inner conflict I have with myself the struggles I have to change a lot of aspects in my life but continue to lock my self away even if given the chance to change my life for the better I still chose to lock myself away, drifting away.
Jeffrey Quinde is a current student at LaGuardia Community College.
by Andrea Murguia Dajbura
Some Questions for Andrea Murguia Dajbura
What inspired you to create “Black Lives Matter Protest, June 2, 2020, Brooklyn, NY”?
I wouldn’t say that I created it. I just took a snapshot of the protest given the circumstances of the racial discrimination in The United States and the death of George Floyd. As racism keeps increasing in The United States, I think this photo speaks for itself and has a powerful message. Black Lives Matter.
How has COVID impacted your creative work?
COVID hasn’t impacted my creative work since I shared my work on social media. However, COVID made me observe a different perspective of the world.
Andrea Murguia Dajbura is a street photographer residing in New York, originally from Cochabamba-Bolivia. Currently, she’s pursuing her first year at LaGuardia Community College to accomplish her Associate’s degree in Commercial Photography. Her curiosity for photography started as a hobby. Eventually, she had a passion for it, for capturing, for documenting and showing the daily moments of society. She had the opportunity to participate in a few exhibitions, two times in New York at Solas Studio, and on one occasion at Treviso Photography Festival in Venice, Italy. You can see more of Andrea’s work via her Instagram page: @boliviansoul.