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Brightly colored feather design on wall for background art

2020 Expressions Artists

Mist Ballew

Mist Ballew

Mist Ballew
Kansas City, MO

Coping with a debilitating chronic illness (and its many comorbidities), I confront the ideal perspective of what beauty actually is through my artwork. I achieve this by exploring high contrasting colors, embracing imperfections, and choosing subjects that may be controversial, dark, or uncomfortable.

Participating in Expressions will impact me as a new artist, as I can’t leave the house much. Expressions will provide an opportunity to network and show the community my work. This will be amazing to help me in touch with our awesome artist community. I also hope to watch others analyze my work and start a conversation about controversial topics, and embrace it. That will be amazing! After all, my existence is controversial!