From its start, Adult Swim has stood for authenticity, creative freedom and the championing of artistic voice. It is by way of these key principals that we look to bolster the work, message and careers of Black artists based here in Atlanta with the “Adult Swim Atlanta Mural Project.”
With technical support from Living Walls, local artists of color will produce large scale murals, train artists and assistants on best practices and techniques for mural making and start conversations about the role of the artist in the public space today.
Jasmine Nicole Williams
I create work that speaks to my black, southern, and femme identities. I conjure a space where I can fully and freely express myself. I use printmaking to bring light to the figures I depict. With this mural, I am honoring the resilience of black women and present it as a gift to this community. Naming oneself is the most revolutionary act. This will serve as a reminder to the viewer to always name themselves and stand proudly in all of their identities.
As SOFAHOOD, I create content for the marginalized through loud colors and even louder subject matters. My art focuses on the complex feelings and ordinary moments of the unheard, in hopes that folks like me will find themselves in my expression. The mural I've designed centers on Black queer individuals experiencing moments of closeness in a dreamy Atlanta utopia. Both the illustrations within and the simple existence of this mural celebrate a world where the people have all the power to love and live as they choose. This mural is by me, SOFAHOOD, but it's for us.
Similar to the way my work performs for viewers as looming and dreamlike forms, my process is an extensive drawing performance where I reminisce on historical heavyweights like Hieronymous Bosch and Paul Cezanne to create figures that defy dimension, appearing both sprawling in motion and suspended in time. The inspiration for the Decatur mural is the people I foresee bustling around the wall; a response to the norm (lunch, yoga, playing music) seen in a parade of fantastic, contorted surrealism, seen in color for the first time in 5 years.