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Check Out Elijah Trice’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elijah Trice.

Hi Elijah, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Well, I am an architectural designer turned artist. Despite having a background in Illustration, I let people convince me that I couldn’t make a living as an artist, which turned out to be a lie. I then pursued a career in Architecture for the next 8 years, attending Morgan State University for undergrad and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for grad school. Attending RISD during Covid changed my life in unexpected ways. Like many others, I decided to tap into a new hobby while attending school remotely. I decided to teach myself how to paint! After weeks and weeks of practice and watching YouTube tutorials, I realized that painting was my true passion. I started selling my work at art markets on the weekend while going to school during the week, struggling! I then decided to take a few painting courses to sharpen my skills and gain professional feedback on my work. Since then, I’ve displayed my work in galleries and public spaces in Baltimore, MD, and Providence, RI.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Far from it, I realized I was passionate about art during the 2nd year of my 3 year degree, which was bittersweet. Even though I was excited for this next chapter of my life, I couldn’t shake this strange feeling of uneasiness. In 2021, I juggled an architecture fellowship/internship, grad school, work, and art when I realized I was suffering from depression and going through an identity crisis. After the semester ended, I decided to take the summer off and focus on what I loved, which was my art. Painting became my therapy, my way of life, then my practice. Painting saved my life.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
As an artist, acrylic and oil paint are my mediums of choice. I create work that celebrates the cultural impact of blackness in America while critiquing the complex relationship between the built environment and the black experience in America. Architecture is one of many tools used to oppress black and brown people in this country for decades. My goal is to document narratives of the oppressed through my art, giving them a platform to speak their truth based on their own experience. People must have control of their narrative in a world where their livelihood and freedom can be stripped away anytime. Don’t you agree?

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I’ve learned that YouTube is the greatest creation ever. I’ve learned that any knowledge you want to obtain is not hard to find. There are so many resources that people either don’t know about or decide to ignore. I also realized how fragile life could be. We lost so many amazing people over the past 2 years. It doesn’t seem real. Life ain’t a life until you live it. In other words, make every second count.

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Darrius Fox

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2 Comments

  1. richard golden

    July 29, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Elijah is a great person as well as an incredible artist. Having known him for a long time, I’m thrilled about his success.

  2. Althea

    July 30, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Hi Elijah, I am so proud of you and all that you have done and continue to do. Keep on striving. I be checking you out.

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