Takeya Trayer, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Yadira Leticia Torres will discuss their art featured in the exhibition and discuss their influences and process.
Tuesday June 19
6:00pm to 7:30pm
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Leeway’s spring exhibit, Self Conscious, will be at the foundation’s office at 1315 Walnut Street in Center City. The exhibit features works by four artists—two of whom are previous recipients of Leeway grant and award programs—exploring and pushing up against the parameters of identity, specifically at the intersection of race, class, gender expression, access, and nationality.
About The Artists
Takeya Trayer (ACG ‘10)
My art helps me defy limitations set by words. Even though I am heavily influenced by language it can only communicate so much. Being female, gay, non-white, and of masculine center I am visibly out. Art is a release of those burdens as well as a celebration of my differences. Art is my healer. I am always hopeful that my art speaks to different walks of life in and beyond my community.
Takeya was born in the small central Pennsylvania town of Steelton located ten miles from Three Mile Island. She received an undergraduate degree in fine art at Saint Joseph’s University, an associate’s degree in animation from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and master’s degree in 3D character animation at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Takeya had her first show in 2008 and that same year exhibited at the 1st annual Butch Voices Conference in Oakland. She moved back to Philadelphia in 2009 and gave birth to a son in 2010. She has had her work featured in a Brown Boi Project trans health guide and exhibited as part of the Gender Reel Fest in Philadelphia. Takeya is currently at work on an animated dramatic series featuring an action heroine of color who becomes pregnant.
My work consists of portraits and figures painted in oil on canvas. I am interested in individuals and how social structures affect their lives. I attempt to comment on social behaviors—from protest to discrimination. The ultimate goal of my work is to relate viewers of my work to the subjects in my paintings through an understanding of human emotion.
Tatyana is a Philadelphia-based contemporary painter. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, she moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, from where she graduated with a BFA in 2007. Tatyana creates oil paintings on canvas, working with figures and portraits to create works that capture socio-political ideas. Her art has been exhibited in galleries across the country and published in numerous magazines and in the book Art For Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change (Abrams) edited by Shepard Fairey. She has completed illustration commissions for several musicians, films, and books. In 2010, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation named Tatyana an official Creative Ambassador. Tatyana is currently along with the Amber Design Collective to produce The Mural Arts Program’s Roots Mural Project slated for the corner of 6th and South Streets.
Yadira Leticia Torres
In my work, I merge self-portraiture with varying forms of the abstract female figure in a mixed-media format. Reflecting my personal journey through both my familial heritage and ethnic Puerto Rican culture, my work uniquely embodies the universal themes of struggle, inner-turmoil, and the coexisting dualities of darkness and hope; simultaneously provoking and touching audiences with the comforting sense that they are not alone.
Yadira was born and raised in Reading, PA. She earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Moore College of Art & Design. She studied abroad in Venezuela, Mexico, and Italy. In her travels she became heavily influence by culturally-specific art and works expressing the universal condition of women. Yadira has exhibited both nationally and internationally for the past decade at various locations including the Hispanic Center of Arts in Reading, PA, the Academy of Music in Mérida, Venezuela, and the 61st Annual Keisho Exhibition in Naoya, Japan. In 2010, she was featured at Gallery 307 in Philadelphia and also produced the album cover art for internationally-renown poet Ursula Rucker’s 5th studio album, She Said (Noizetrip).