Posted in Artist Group A, Artist Portrait, Protest, symbiosis

Artist Portrait | Garry McMillan’s Perspective

Dear Reader,

This is the first post for the segment “Artist Portrait” in which I’d like to introduce you to a new perspective. This time I am collaborating with Garry Mcmillan, a very talented artist, located in the United States. We’re gonna talk about him, his art, what he’s rooting for and what he’s protesting against.

D I S C L A I M E R
Interviews might get political sometimes. This does not mean I necessarily agree with every opinion I share on my platform. As long as someone’s opinion isn’t spreading hate towards any specific group of people, I am open to listening and sharing.

First, Art
Galaxies ahead of you ” He is a young, beautiful, intelligent mind, and he has the drive and determination, he is respectful, creative, confident and when he reaches for the stars, he knows he will end up in galaxies far beyond a person could imagine.  He is all those things, and even more, he just happens to have beautiful brown sugar skin and from African descent, and he is proud of that. That is one of the many things that makes him who he is, he will rise, and he will succeed! ”

“Galaxies Ahead of you” Garry McMillan©

Garry’s Perspective

Name: Garry Mcmillan
Field: Digital Art
Country: United States, Arkansas

How do you see your own artwork?
“I definitely feel that I have my own unique quality to it, and I feel each piece that I put out is a representation of me and a piece of myself.”

Do you remember why you started making art?
“My best friend of 20 years passing away is definitely a big factor. It [art] brought something in me to life that wasn’t there before. It has helped me through some really tough mental and emotional moments.”

We have collaborated on “Art In Protest | The Dissection Of Trump“, what do you think of Trump? Why do you think he acts like he does?
“Honestly, think he is a disrespectful narcissist who has taken advantage of his white privilege and hasn’t ever had to deal with any consequences in life due to his horrible decision making.”

Garry McMillan©

Are you afraid he might be chosen again? What do you think of politics in America?
“Common sense tells me that he shouldn’t be re-elected but there is a part of me still trying to figure out how he got elected in the first place. So, i think he could be re-elected but I’m definitely hoping he is not. I think politics in america are a bunch of beautiful lies that are layered by cracks of corruption.”

Are there any protests in your area? How do you feel about it?
“Yes, there have been BLM protests, and surprisingly my city of Hot Springs Arkansas has stayed positive, and the citizens have really showed up and stuck up for a problem that has been going on for over 400 years and longer, and really made it a big deal!”

Can you think of one big, and one small change Trump could make to be a better president?
“A big and small change he could make is to resign from being president.”

What are you protesting against?
“I am protesting against Donald Trump becoming president for another term. Not just Donald Trump, but [I am] also protesting against systemic racism and oppression. One big change is getting myself and everyone I know to the poles to vote.

One small change is to continue to inform people of how horrible of a person he really is, and the people he keeps around him. Not only to make this nation better but also make the world around us a better place to live peacefully together. Not only to have a better president for the U.S. but better dictators around the world.”

What are you rooting for?
“I am rooting for equality for all people regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, and religion. One big change is voting the right people into office that will fight for equality. One small change is that we keep protesting!

Also protesting with art, when I read what you were doing with this project it made me so interested in doing it! A lot of people have a lot to say with their gift of art and I think for some it’s just a way to speak out! Not only am I for equality in America, but for equality for the entire world!”

Thank you so much for sharing your perspective.

More of Garry’s art and their captions
Her glow– Me finding my wife’s beauty as she was growing our youngest child inside her and everything that comes with growing a human being. ”

“Her Glow” by Garry McMillan©
“Be good to her and she will be good to you” By Garry McMillan

“Taking care of the earth like we should.”

Find our collaboration Mother Earth to see the poetry written to this beautiful piece of art.

Posted in Artist Group A, Poetry, Sustainability, symbiosis

Art In Coexistence | Mother Earth

Dear Reader,

The image below is an artwork created by Garry McMillan, who’s sent in some very impressive pieces of art! I will definitely be sharing more of his work throughout this project. Furthermore, we’ll be collaborating on an artist portrait later on.

He’s submitted his artwork with the caption ” “Be good to her and she will be good to you” – Taking care of the earth like we should.”

Now, on poetry. I wrote this poem somewhere in the second week of the dutch (partial) lock-down. I had this strong feeling we were being corrected by the Earth as a mother, sending her children to their rooms.

Mother Earth

We were all sent to our rooms
to overthink what we’ve been doing
Some of it was clever, gold-hearted and pure
but with most of what we’ve been building
we did not consider the damage
Mother Earth has had to endure

At some point, we don’t know when
we’ll open up our doors, facing a brand new chance
and some day we’ll be back in the theaters
together, to join hands and dance
but first we have to accept that we are not in charge
we’ll have to make amends

In some ways our population equals a teenager,
constantly testing just how far we can go
but it’s time to level to our true power
Counting up our combined ages
We’ll reach maturity as we grow

Mother Earth will always be above us
but like any other parent, She wants us to live
We’ll have to realize, like any other being
there is only so much she can give

Let’s not take our precious Earth for granted.

Posted in Artist Group A, symbiosis

Supporting Artists | Plain List Artist Group A

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S Y M B I O S I S | Artists | Group A
NameInstagram Website LinkCountry
Alexis Aubriot Geddes@lexgeddeshttps://www.instagram.com/lexgeddes/
Eline Stolp@elinestolphttps://www.etsy.com/nl/shop/BlijeLijntjesNL
VonnyDuMaine@vonnydumaineNL
Jack Savage@jacksavage_photohttps://jacksavage.co.uk/EN
Craig Neesam-\EN
Art Sini@iartsini
Gunjan Singh Hada@gunjan_singh_hadaEN
Corin SpinksEN
Mahiyani Hasart@mahiyanihasartNL
Jesse Vernooij@studio_kartel
@art_craver31
Elyn Beatriz da Silva Brittohttps://www.artstation.com/docinho
Stephanie TimpNL
Jacob Ray (Simon)US
Nils Nisse VisserEN
Rithika Rai@rithika99_
Petronela Bernárová
Eva Maria Hunt@evamariahuntarthttps://holisticcolourart.com/portfolioHungarian
Edea Karoqja@_de.kuu
Archana Sarojarchana_122818
Diane Michelin@dimipaintswww.dianemichelin.com
@lookforarrt
Evelyn Edwina D’Souza@evelyndsouzaartIndia
Youmna Allaam@youmnallaamhttps://www.behance.net/youmnaalla5e28Egypt
Victor Luan@ilustraluanBrazilië
Raquel Cilsi@RaquelkilcistudioUS
Garry McMillan@mcmillanscottish_heathen_artUS
Amberly Clark@aspiringjournalistsofficialhttps://aspiringjournalists.akcusa.org/US
Lunaiir@lunaiir.arthttps://www.deviantart.com/lunaiirUS
Examples of Submissions
Posted in Artist Group A, symbiosis

Introduction | Welcome Artists!

Dear Artists,

Welcome to our project, I am so excited to begin this journey with you! I will try to keep it short, but there’s a couple of things we need to discuss 😉

Some of you might have already read this in their email, but it appears that my email can end up in your spambox so please add me as a contact to receive my mail. jovannah@artincoexistence.com

I have switched to my own domain and made sure to use BCCs today to make sure we don’t get stuck in email chains. (I am way to chaotic to be able to keep up with email chains)

If you’re not up to reading, and simply want to move on to art, please scroll down.

Art In Coexistence
It’s been 7 days since posting my collaboration offer. Little did I know so many artists would respond! This is why I decided to make groups of around 30 people. This way it is easier for me to keep track of our correspondence.
Let me start by clarifying why I chose to start this project.

Over the last couple of months, it became clear to me that empathy and understanding are not necessarily the norm. There’s a lot of good things going on, but this doesn’t take away that there’s also a lot of judgment and injustice. It became clear to me that we as human beings in general, are not very good at coexisting. This is why I would love to unite people with art. Find common ground and built some art around it as a form of foundation. It’s quite reassuring to know that every single artist signing on, wants to make it work, wants to coexist in peace.
I put the deadline on November 20th. I have no idea if I can keep this project running and if there will be enough artists who want to collaborate, but I am sure that any contribution we make, even if it’s to one life, is worth it.

Art in protest.
After launching “Symbiosis” I realised that it’s very easy to just say “we need to coexist” and sketch this fairy-tale picture where we all live in peace and cover ourselves in flowers and cotton candy. This is not the full picture and I feel like I might be missing the point by not talking about  why it is so hard for us to coexist.
This is why I want to start collecting artwork in protest, but also ask people about what they feel needs to change. In segment #ArtInProtest I will collect ideas from people all over the world. I am asking for one thing you’re rooting for, and one big and one small change that needs to be made to make it happen.
The other question is what “What are you protesting against?” and likewise one big and one small change. Feel free to fill in the form on my website to share your ideas!
I might sometimes feature perspectives that are entirely opposite to mine, to begin with. Who knows? I might change my mind.

Now let’s move on to art.

Art Sini©

Your artwork
There were 3 options presented on the site:
A. Send in existing work for you to match up.
B. Give me a specific assignment  
C. Both.

Existing Work.
If there’s any art you’d like to share please send it to  jovannah@artincoexistence.com
By sending me your artwork you agree with me displaying them on the website, and from January on, print them in the book. You can refrain from wanting your work printed up to a month before publication January 30  th 2020. The publication might be later, but won’t be earlier. Pictures on the website can be taken down at any time!

I strongly recommend putting your trademark/ signature on any pictures you send me. I am managing this project on my own and therefore won’t be able to do it for you.
I will always make sure to mention your name and link your website/ instagram profile. (tell me which you prefer)
Would you like to tell something about your work? Send your text along with your artwork.

Specific Assignment
This part feels so very exciting to me!  As you might have read the book will have at least 5 parts. The idea is to start in total isolation and write about the journey to “perfect symbiosis” (A perfect way to coexist, where no party suffers)

  • Living In Total Isolation
  • Discovering The Borders
  • A Collision Of Territories
  • The Coalescence Of Our Lives
  • Perfect Symbiosis

You could make a piece of art to accompany the poetry in these chapters.
Would you like it to be more specific? I could send you a poem to write to!
Please send me an email if you would like to receive a poem!

Last but not least
As you might have noticed the website has undergone several changes throughout the week. From today on I have my own domain and the new website link is  www.artincoexistence.com , the other link is still active as well.

Furthermore, I added the artist inspiration page, this page is still under construction at the moment. Later this week you will receive a password to this page. This way you won’t receive too many emails and find information when you feel like it. I mean to build it in a way where you can leave messages for the other artists! This way it will be easy to start your own collaborations.


In order to keep this project running and show all of our artworks to the world, it is important for us to share the initiative. Please share my Instagram account @jovannahbar and share the website with people you think might be interested.
You can help by using the tags  #jovannahbar &  #artincoexistence when sharing any related posts.
Contact me for any further questions, suggestions and remarks.

Thank you so much for your time and creativity!
Sincerely,

Jovannah