Nina Stewart

DENVER — AiR TOUR — Issue 9

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2. Installation view, Ken Lum_ Death and Furniture, Art Gallery of Ontario. Artworks © Ken

Art by Nina Stewart

Nina Stewart

sM | What inspiration do you get from artists around you?


NS ── The community of artists within Denver, Colorado creates a very driven and innovative energy as a collective. Overall, the community inspires me to push my artistic skills both traditionally and within the new opportunities of technology. I feel energized in imagining beyond the constructs we have had in the past by creating in ways that will grow our collective in the future. I’m often reminded by the presence of other artists, being authentic to themselves, how important it is for us all to share our unique stories. I’m prompted to ask myself: how can I most

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authentically and sustainably share my story? What legacy do I want to leave behind? How can I contribute to making the world a better place with the resources I have? The artists I am around push my creative drive and love of life.


sM | What have you accomplished in your residency?


NS ── In my residency at Immersive Van Gogh, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, had beautiful interactions with people, and created five new paintings. I often have a habit of being an introvert; the residency pushed me into being open to all kinds of energy exchanges that I wouldn’t always be open to. Because I was open to interaction, there were moments that I cried, laughed, loved, imagined, and collaborated with so many people. I am grateful for all the people that I was able to meet, and all the raw human stories that were shared. Since I was given the privilege of painting full-time, I was able to make more paintings than I usually would as well. Overall, I feel very accomplished within the experience and I am grateful for the opportunity.


sM | What social issue does your art speak to the most?


NS ── I believe that, in America, the capitalistic infrastructure makes a lot of money off creating insecurities, depression, sickness, and division within our society. Growing up in the lower-middle class, I understand how the lens we are taught to see ourselves in is often detrimental to our physical, mental, and spiritual health. I focus my art on spreading the message of self-love, self-acceptance, truth, unity, and unconditional love. We are too often taught that our worth is based on temporary material gain, and my goal is for my art to teach people that they are enough for simply existing. I believe that the social issues of separation and insecurity amongst the people must be addressed for the longevity and integrity of humanity.


Follow Nina Stewart on Instagram: @ninalouise_art, or visit her website: www.ninalouise.art.