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Life & Work with Destiny Moore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Destiny Moore. 

Hi Destiny, 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.
As a child, making art was always innate to me. By eighth grade, I recognized that my skills undeniably progressed. So, I applied to New World School of The Arts Senior High School in Miami, Florida, and was accepted into their visual art program. At New World, I developed my skills even further. In 2020, I was inducted as a 2020 YoungArts Finalist and YoungArts Presidential Nominee where I was able to meet other aspiring creatives and mentors. During the pandemic, I spent my last semester of high school online. However, I graduated with a 3.9 GPA and the Dean’s Award in Visual Arts. 

After graduating from high school, I was awarded a full scholarship to Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland where I am currently a junior. My area of study as an undergraduate student is General Fine Arts. My art practice revolves around identity, race, culture, and opinions on topics impacting the world. I’m now a 21-year-old black woman who 

takes great pride in cultivating beautiful, positive, visual representations of my kinfolk! 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Attending art school has given me the chance to be in a productive space where I can build my portfolio with intention. My challenges mainly stem from overcoming artist block. I’ve devised so many creative ideas in my mind that sometimes stagnancy gets in the way. My work is constantly evolving, and with that comes trial and error. However, every moment is a teachable lesson. 

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I consider myself an interdisciplinary artist who applies different forms of art such as painting, sculpting, animating, zine making, design, textiles, and more. My creative practice focuses on the importance of black women’s experiences and beauty primarily based on historical references, societal standards, or cultural norms. The intention is to create a body of work that is familiar and representative of those who look like me. My style of painting black female figures in vibrant blue color is an exploration for creating a narrative based on my experiences. Recently, I created an illustrated interview that was published in the Baltimore Banner, highlighting a black gallery space called Black Artist Research Space here in Baltimore. In 2022, I participated in an exhibition titled “All Together” by Rhea Beckett in Washington, D.C., that spotlighted black female artists. One of my artworks was recently displayed in an exhibition titled “The BluPrnt,” curated by Robert Chambers, along with other Miami-based artists. 

How do you define success?
I define success as a reward for hard work that in return fulfills me with happiness, whether it’s minor or grand. Even though I understand my desire for recognition, I think artists look forward to being commended for their creativity.] 

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Noah Howard

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