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Artists spill naked truths on To Seventh Heaven’s virtual exhibit

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For many artists, art is beyond self-expression and aesthetics. It allows them to translate their deepest thoughts into visuals that capture their passions, vulnerabilities and issues they care about. Art is, in many ways, also political.

Known for out-of-the-box streetwear lookbooks and editorial collabs, art community To Seventh Heaven is putting the spotlight on artists’ naked truths with “The Inauguration of To Seventh Heaven,” a virtual exhibit viewable on their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Officially launched on Aug. 16, the exhibit will run until Oct. 31 and will feature creative works from over 20 local artists.

To Seventh Heaven’s IG account already featured three works from Felezedad, whose monochromatic illustrations depict her honest interpretations of body dysmorphia and mental health.

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"Dysmorphia" / by @felezedad / ink on paper Felezedad is an artist who is still in search of a medium that is most suitable to her art, but it is not really a priority for her since she likes expressing herself in every way possible be it film, photography, or painting. “I want to sound selfless and I want to say I make art for a cause, to shake things up or to challenge people who consume my art but that would be a lie.” She makes art that is honest; she makes art that is connected to her own beliefs, experiences, and things she stands for. Felezedad identifies herself with street art because it is the most accessible and straightforward. It does not serve any class and it challenges the black and white, or uniformed system. She has always hated things that looked pretty or soft; she was more attracted to things that disturb people. “I think that's because I was filled with hatred and aggression as a teen. I was aware that I wasn't likeable so I tried my best to drive people away and I think that's what influenced my art style, whatever that means.” Felezedad already moved past that phase and she learned to put her teen angst into use by serving a cause and being part of a movement. “Art will always be political and it can be used as a weapon to fight ignorance and injustices. Art does not boil down to aesthetics and artists should strive to make their art accessible to the masses.” #theinaugurationoftsh

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“Art will always be political and it can be used as a weapon to fight ignorance and injustices. Art does not boil down to aesthetics and artists should strive to make their art accessible to the masses,” reads the description on Felezedad’s posts.

With many artists lined up until October, we can expect the exhibit to showcase a diverse range of art and raw depictions of everything young artists care about.

To see the full artist lineup and posting schedule, you can check out this post.

 

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Art by Felezedad (via To Seventh Heaven’s IG)

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