To be an artist in today’s volatile art industry is to embody daring. It is to put one’s personal truth and vision out in the world, to face the whims of changing trends, fickle buyers and misguided interpretations by critics. Yet, to be a successful artist also amplifies the audacity – to go from obscure creativity to the biggest galleries and museums takes a unique level of conviction. Cadillac highlights three artists of color who have ventured to the farthest extent of their creativity and now fully embody the ethos: Dare Greatly.
Because ultimately, nothing is fixed but constantly transforming:
Meet Saya Woolfalk, one of three profiled successful artists in Cadillac’s Art of Daring campaign who reveal the motivations and meaning behind their unique creative realms.
Saya Woolfalk doesn’t simply make art, she creates worlds. Utilizing, paint, sculpture and video filtered through a science fiction and fantasy lens, Saya imagines a world in multiple dimensions. With her multi-year projects No Place, The Empathics, and ChimaTEK, she has crafted the world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. Each piece that she builds becomes another landmass of her story, another narrative of these otherworldly women’s lives, while questioning and challenging the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity.
Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and African American and white father, Woolfalk is influenced by both Japanese anime and African textiles for the creation of the inhabitants of her world, infusing visual and cultural chimeras that expand the conversation past the borders. “This is how I leave the conversation open because these kinds of dialogues are far more interesting and can lead to something great.”
The Art of Daring and The Cadillac XT5
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