Abstract Artist Stephanie Williams

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Special Edition STEPHANIE WILLIAMS

JaamZIN Creative


Stephanie is an artist and writer from Delaware. Her abstract art aims to capture the more imaginary and unknown aspects of life and its surroundings. Inspired largely by surrealistic images and paintings, she aims to create a world that is entirely her own. Some of her more spiritual experiences as a Christian and reiki practitioner have also largely influenced her ability to create with depth and originality. Her writings have also profoundly influenced her art, and vice versa. The depth of meaning that she gathers from them enables her to become creative through a variety of mediums, and music also remains a large source of inspiration for her. She is largely self-taught, and started her work a few years ago when she reached a period of enlightenment regarding her purpose and place in life.

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INTERVIEW

What inspires you?

At the time during which my creativity began to truly flourish, I felt frustrated and had

I find inspiration through anything, really.

pretty much given up on ever trying to create

Sometimes it’s just a matter of gathering

art. But I kept pushing forward and learned

what is inside of you and projecting that onto

that true art is intuitive and doesn’t come

paper. I believe that the imagination is a

from mirroring the styles or creations of

powerful tool when used properly. But the

others. So in the end, I felt inspired, and kept

one time that I recall first truly receiving

urging myself to practice more and more.

inspiration was when I experienced a reiki (energy healing) session, during which my third eye opened, and I was able to see the world through a completely new set of eyes. It’s a bit like viewing the world as surrealistic and supernatural rather than purely a place where we go about our daily lives. Attending weekly group meditations also enables me to become inspired. Anything that goes beyond what we ordinarily see with our human eyes.

Does the current times change the way your create your art work? Post-COVID19, do you think the way art is appreciated will be changed?

If yes, how/whyThe current times do somewhat change the way that I create my art. I can’t go out in public very much, so I’m restricted as to the types of experiences with others that I’m able to have (which can

When was the first time you seek for it,

sometimes fuel inspiration). But I still have my

and it dawn onto you? How did you feel at

music and literature, which both allow me to

that time?

gather great amounts of inspiration. I haven’t found myself as inspired lately just because I

The first time I sought to become an artist was when I had seen the drawings of others, which caused me to want to be creative as well. I’d always had an affinity for writing, but I wanted my creativity to flourish in more profound and tangible ways that others could more easily perceive. My writing can at times be very loquacious and difficult to fathom. So I wanted others to be able to more easily perceive what was going on inside of my mind. I don’t expect everyone to understand, but what I do aim for is an appreciation for things unseen or unknown to the naked eye. As a Christian, I have a strong relationship with God, so I think that it sometimes shows in the way that I behold the supernatural

sometimes go through phases where I am or am not. The virus has definitely allowed me to appreciate what I do have in life, and to take strides to pray for or to help the less fortunate. Some of the best creative works have been created during such difficult times, both personally and globally. I do think that post COVID-19, the way that art is appreciated might be changed to an extent. I think it will be a time during which people will begin to appreciate each other a bit more and for there to be less divisions in the world around us. Therefore, I believe that the way that artists are inspired will change and cause their creativity to emerge in ways that it hasn’t before.

world, and craft it onto paper.

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Which genre (in your opinion) will gain

What is your purpose and place in life?

more inspirations and popularity?

My purpose and place in life is to inspire I believe that the genre of realism will gain

others to find their own spiritual path, and to

most inspiration and popularity, just because

have more of an understanding of the

it conveys art in a way that is truthful and free

supernatural. I believe that finding Jesus and

of any abstractions. I believe that the general

following Him fully is the key to

public wants to see more of this genre

understanding life as a whole. Not everyone

because it’s most easily understood. People

will gather that solely based on the art that I

tend to crave the tangible, the seen, the

create, but I don’t like to be obvious. I prefer

predictable, the certain, what is easily known.

to ignite a huge sense of mystery, awe, and

And especially during times of uncertainty,

wonder at the perceptions that others gain

they will desire pieces that suggest both

about my art. There is something truly sacred

beauty and truth, but especially truth. Not

about the practice of art, and in holding true

everyone is an artist and not everyone

to that sacred space, I desire to help

understands art. I tend to believe that visual

transform the lives of others with God’s

art is not generally a popular field in society,

guiding light ultimately doing all the work.

to either appreciate or practice, but one

Not everyone will appreciate the work that I

perspective that I have is that art is all around

do, but I don’t practice for the sake of

us. Life imitates art and vice versa. Art is

pleasing the world. I create for the sake of

simply pieces of life that we see all around us;

coming to terms with my own sense of God

most of us just don’t take the time to notice

within and without, and the mystically held

it.

ideals that He reveals to me on a daily basis. I can only hope to impact those around me to the extent which He allows.

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