We are so excited to share visual art and spoken word performances by these incredible artists at Budget Matters 2020.
Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh (she/her)
Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is an Oakland, CA based visual artist whose current work is focused primarily on the shifting urban landscape. An avid observer and prolific photographer, she employs a vast catalog of visual notes and memories to create her work. A lover of materials and process, Dawline-Jane uses a range of media including relief print making, pen and ink, photo transfer and encaustic.
Ebo Barton (they/them)
Ebo Barton comes from salt — from the moment before worlds converge. In this world, we are still trying to articulate that mixed Black and Filipino, Transgender and Non-Binary, Queer, Artists and Educators not only matter but are precious. In another world, Barton is loved, safe, and valued. The only difference being that the latter is a path they must make themselves. A leader in arts and activism, Ebo Barton is committed to creating opportunities for others to organize, heal and rejoice. From weekly open mics to curated shows like Alchemy Poetry with Ben Yisrael to educating across the country at various institutions, 2020 Jack Straw Writing Fellow, Ebo Barton’s written, performative and community work demands societal reckoning.
I was born in southern California, but my family is from Michoacán and Mexico City. I am an indigenous queer artist living in occupied Duwamish Territory (Seattle, WA). Even though I grew up in extreme poverty in Anaheim, California, art filled my house. My soul speaks through my art. In my art you will see the aesthetics of my Mexican and Otomi stories. In my art, you see the visual representation of my soul, and the colors, the culture, the visions and the dreams that live there.
Jared Yazzie (he/him)
Founder of OXDX, Jared Yazzie (Diné) is a self-taught graphic artist, entrepreneur, and designer known for his bold, graphic style that incorporates vibrant Diné motifs with messages of Native empowerment. He got his start by screen printing t-shirts in his dorm room at the University of Arizona and selling them out of the trunk of his car. Jared has been producing artwork since 2009 to increase awareness of indigenous issues and to show the beauty of Native culture. “OXDX” is an abbreviation of the word “Overdose”, a word Yazzie uses to describe the state of modern society. Sometimes we need to pull back and remember our culture, tradition, and those who have sacrificed before us.
J Mase III (he/him)
J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle, by way of Philly. He is the author of “If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell my Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around”, as well as “And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment, and Inappropriate Jokes about Death”. He is the founder of awQward, the first ever trans and queer people of color specific talent agency. Currently, he is co-editing The #BlackTransPrayerBook with awQward artist Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.
Naa Akua (they/them)
Naa Akua is a queer liberator of sound and word, an actor, performance arts teacher, and a continuous student at being present. Intentionality, love, and encouragement is the focus of Akua’s work that can be found in tracks like “The Elements” or “Till It All Goes Away” from their mixtape Odd(s) Balance (on SoundCloud.com). As a queer person of color, Naa’s work and events always strive to bring marginalized voices to the center in a multitude of mediums. In January 2019, Naa participated in an Alchemy Poetry event at LoveCityLove in Seattle. Just last year, they also held a part in a play titled “Queer, Mama. Crossroads.” They also held the honor to be a part of two dynamic and thought provoking plays; one written and co produced by Anastacia-Renee and co produced by Aviona-Rodriguez titled “Queer, Mama. Crossroads.” And also Citizen An American Lyric (poetry, prose) written by Claudia Rankine produced by Jay ‘O Leary from Sound Theater Company.
Stat the Artist (Teddy Phillips) (he/him)
Activism stands at the center of Teddy Phillips’ work. The muralist, digital illustrator, and entrepreneur, known to fans as “Stat the Artist,” pays tribute to everyday people through his art. He’s created colorful pieces—“inspired by life,” he says—honoring his mother, a nurse serving on the front lines during the pandemic, as well as portraits of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Phillips, 31, recalls his interest in art as a child. “I remember winning my first art contest in the fourth grade when I drew the city that my grandmother lived in,” he says. The art he makes today is influenced by the color palette from a piece he saw in a Dallas restaurant called “International Crisscross” by entrepreneur and artist Philip J. Romano. “With these colors, I focus on a centralized figure, object, or idea and then I place a call to action message at the bottom,” Phillips says. – From Barron’s article “Worldwise: ‘Stat the Artist’ Teddy Phillips’ Favorite Things“