Billie Mae

Billie Mae

Billie is a 22 year old freelance artist from NYC. In their childhood, Billie was raised around all types of art-- They spent a lot of time in museums, and were encouraged to create their own artworks. Billie’s grandpa ensured that they had a decent art history education, and a good understanding of art concepts, eras and movements, as well as various influential figures, by taking them to all different types of museums throughout their childhood and formative years--it's been a dream of Billie’s to curate their own gallery some day. In their work, Billie likes to portray a sense of surrealism and entertain abstract ideas, frequently adding a layer of irony or humor. They work in both collage and illustration; some imagery that can be seen throughout their work is the human body/anatomy, teeth, eyes, religious symbols or undertones, and acknowledgement of a potential higher power. As an artist with aphantasia (the inability to voluntarily create mental images in one's mind), many instructors/mentors as well as peers have said that Billie has a very prominent style throughout their work, and others have said it shows an unusual and unique perspective on life. Billie believes that nothing is truly “ugly”-- no matter how “ugly” something may be, they can always find a hint of beauty within it. It’s a talent that not many people have mastered, but they always encourages everyone to try to think about things realistically, in a balanced way-- acknowledge the negatives but also acknowledge and emphasize the positives! To Billie, success is when their art provokes thought in viewers.

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