Billie Mae

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Billie is a 22 year old from NYC, and they are a freelance artist. In their childhood, Billie was raised around all types of art-- They spent a lot of time in museums, and was encouraged to create their own artworks. Billie’s grandpa ensured that they had a decent art history education, and a good understanding of art concepts, eras and movements, as well as various influential figures, by taking them to all different types of museums throughout their childhood and formative years--its been a dream of Billie’s to curate their own gallery some day. They continued their art education at a local community college, however, did not receive their degree as their mental health was quickly deteriorating. Billie is diagnosed schizophrenic and autistic, and after a whole lot of support and proper medication/therapy, they have gotten back on their feet, and back to doing what they love most!
In their work, Billie likes to portray a sense of surrealism and entertain abstract ideas, frequently adding a layer of irony or humor. They work in both collage and illustration; some imagery that can be seen throughout their work is the human body/anatomy, teeth, eyes, religious symbols or undertones, and acknowledgement of a potential higher power. They have an ongoing comic, called "Life in the Flesh Prison", that depicts how Billie sees the world and deals with it, playing on their own eccentricities. As an artist with aphantasia (the inability to voluntarily create mental images in one's mind), many instructors/mentors as well as acquaintances have said that Billie has a very prominent style throughout their work, and others have said it shows an unusual and unique perspective on life. Billie believes that nothing is truly “ugly”-- no matter how “ugly” something may be, they can always find a hint of beauty within it. It’s a talent that not many people have mastered, but Billie always encourages everyone to try to think about things realistically, in a balanced way-- acknowledge the negatives but also acknowledge and emphasize the positives! To Billie, success is when their art provokes thought in viewers.

July 2021

Billie Mae

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