Rachel Wilkins, the artist behind our LGBTQ+ Energy Gamers cowl artwork, graciously joined us for a dialogue about her profession, the intention behind her work, and her perspective on the facility of artwork as agitator. Rachel’s artistic course of has advanced over the previous 20 years, from a extra intuitive and free-flowing method to 1 with extra construction. Each of those influences may be seen in her collection ‘Shoulders of Giants,’ which honors and commemorates LGBTQ+ activists and icons.
Her time as an artist has additionally seen her transfer into the position of mentor. Rachel co-founded Conception Arts in 2011 to supply sources and steering to a neighborhood of artists trying to exhibit their work and construct relationships. Such relationships, and the accompanying sense of collective battle, gesture to the facility that artwork possesses to agitate: to encourage resistance, rebel, and revolution.