SAVNAC MURAL DESIGNS: Art by Carlleena Person
‘My art is about fragmented beauty. I can draw but choose to allow you to create the story you see when looking at the lines and colors I intuitively create. Life is Art and Art is Life and one cannot exist without the other.” – Carlleena Person
A few days ago, I was talking to an artist/photographer who I admire, CHD:WCK!. He told me of a wonderfully multi-faceted artist by the name of Carlleena Person of SAVNAC MURAL DESIGNS. I went to her artist’s Facebook page and I was immediately floored by her genius. Incredibly vibrant, rich hues along with bold shapes, curves, lines make her art stand out. Her exceptional artistry reminded me so much of Jean-Michel Basquiat. From buildings to human canvases, her mural designs clearly have a distinct voice beyond her city of Charlotte, NC.
As I admired her extraordinary portfolio, CHD:WCK! mentioned that she was no longer with us. I found out that she passed away on May 20th, according to the Creative Loafing article I read. May 24th, in fact, was the day of her memorial and would have been her 33rd birthday. He spoke lovingly of a close friend and mentor who motivated and inspired others in every way. I told him that I felt like I truly missed out on a phenomenal human being. It actually brought me to tears knowing how short life really is and we must live each day to the fullest. I grabbed my two year-old son to hug him, even though he gave me the “Mommy, what was that for?” look. Between CHD:WCK!, and the people’s lives Carlleena has touched, her spirit and legacy will carry on.
Carlleena had a lot of fantastic things going on before her passing. She had an exhibition coming up, TAO of SAVNAC, on June 1st to showcase her artwork. She also had news that her art will be featured in a gallery in California. You could feel her vibrant energy and positivity through her posts.
Life = Art and Art = Life. I feel you, sis.
Thank you, CHD:WCK! for the introduction. She will never be forgotten.
This post is dedicated to the memory of Carlleena Person (1979-2012).