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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Larkayla Mosley creates trippy and unconventional art

By Cody Melin

Q: How do you incorporate faith into your art?

LM: My faith is involved in every piece of art I finish. Since we were created by the creative God and we were made in His image, we can infer that we are creative beings. When I create, no matter what is, I am glorifying God with the gift that He gave me. Many debate me on this, specifically about my work, because my style tends to be more “unconventional,” or even described as “trippy.” I consider this the utmost compliment! That means my work can appeal to an audience that may not know the Lord. In this case, my art can be a mission.

Q: What are your aspirations as an artist?

LM: I hope to one day have my own studio where I can produce custom illustrations and prints for a variety of customers while doing some media work for non-profits.

Q: What does art mean to you?

LM: Art is the easiest way for me to communicate. Where my words fail, my art succeeds. It is a universal language that unites us all on a spiritual level.

(Photo by Larkayla Mosley)

Q: What inspires you as an artist?

LM: I am inspired by music and mental illnesses, as weird as that sounds. Both have heavily effected my life up to this point. I come from a musical family where depression runs rampant in our genes. Creating something while listening to music helps me cope and manage my depressive thoughts.

Q: Who do you look up to in the world of art?

LM: I look up to street artists like Banksy, Have You Seen These Men, and the many anonymous home-town graffiti taggers because of their rebelliousness. Art is all about challenging the rules, and they do that more than anyone. They are often unappreciated, even though their work is seen everyday. The most recognition they get sometimes is an instagram post of teenagers posing by their walls. The humility and mysteriousness of their field is astounding to me.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

LM: After graduation, I will be working at a summer camp where I will serve as the Programs Director, facilitating activities where kids are encouraged to be creative. After that, I am going to begin working on my dream studio and shelling out artwork for the surrounding area.

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