Written by Glo(w)
In response to the ever-evolving political climate that exists nationwide, communities have shifted their focus. Instead of using resources and energy to fuel systems that exist outside of a given location, community members have grown closer to their immediate compatriots. Though the St. Louis art scene is still experiencing growth, artists have always provided a network of support for one another. It is through art that voices are heard and people gather in strength.
In honor of the spirit of St. Louis, INCLUSIVE aims to present a message of collaborative comradery. The pieces that were crafted for this art exhibit at St. Louis-Lambert Airport are collaborations between 5 St. Louis Artists and Gloria Mills of ART-BAE.com. By reflecting the colors of the St. Louis flag and the materials that built the city, these pieces aim to remind travelers that St. Louis is comprised of inclusive communities. Be it a person who is traveling nationally or internationally, the artists aim to create pieces that welcomes travelers to their permanent or temporary home in St. Louis, Missouri.
ART-BAE.com serves as a platform that promotes artistic connectivity and collaboration. Through the use of promotional and curatorial work, Gloria "Glow" Mills exhibits a strong creative voice. This is done by crafting stories told through the collaborative efforts of artists. It is her goal to curate thoughtful, thematic works that contributes to the ongoing narratives in her area.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS INVOLVED
EUGENIA ALEXANDER Eugenia is inspired by the ancient practices of Native American and African religions. She uses a linear style that models the spiritual practice of sacred geometry: just as symmetry and alignment exists in nature, symmetry and alignment are key themes in Eugenia’s work. In addition to the striking imagery her work provides, Eugenia’s choice of canvas—often wood or clothe—further connects her work to the natural elements presented. Eugenia has been featured in several local art exhibits and has had her work shown in several local art galleries.
MARCIS CURTIS There are many forms of excess the American population often subscribes to. This life of excess can lead to many natural resources becoming depleted. Sustainability is a practice that aims to ensure the best practices are used in order to prolong the use of the resources we need to survive. Marcis Curtis takes the idea of sustainability to a different level: he uses leftover wood from his job as a carpenter to create 3D pieces of art. He has also created sculptures using this sustainable method. His work has been featured in local art galleries as well as the Smithsonian Museum.
JESSICA J. PAGE The St. Louis Metropolitan Area is full of beauty. From the people to the landscapes, both natural and man-made, there is much joy to be found in visuals this area provides. Jessica J. Page is a photographer who highlights the most sensual parts of St. Louis through her photos. By capturing the essence of the people and sites in this area, Jessica is bound to remind airport patrons of what awaits them in the city of St. Louis. Jessica has been hired as a freelance photographer by other creatives in the worlds of fashion and music.
STEVEN "ROACH GOD" ROACH There is beauty in duality. Steven Roach—or simply Roach God-- captures vibrantly simple photographs. His imagery serves to invoke thought about the relationship between human materialism and human need for connectivity with nature. Roach God often photographs local independent music artists and has been commissioned for photography work on tour with national independent music artists.
JESUS "ZEUS" ROMAN Just as Zeus was the lead god on Mount Olympus, Jesus “Zeuser” Roman has continuously proven to be among the gods of art. Zeuser is a painter and graphic designer who creates mixed media pleasantries. His work displays the juxtaposition between human sensuality and chaste color stories. A graduate of University of Missouri- Columbia, Zeuser has been featured at First Friday Art Walk in Old North as well as in local galleries.
About the Lambert Art and Culture Program: The mission of the Lambert Art and Culture Program is to create a visually outstanding impression of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, generate community pride, and ensure that art at Lambert continues to complement and build upon the airport’s rich visual legacy. The program aims to highlight the St. Louis region’s unique art and culture, while also showcasing national and international works, focusing on both visual and performing arts.