Onyx Green is a 22 year old artist based in Pittsburgh. Their work focuses on the intersections of identity through various mediums including gouache, acrylic, and digital media. After years of studying systems of oppression, they aim to incorporate education and transformative programming into their work by taking the lead as a community organizer.
Onyx is the creator of the Art as Therapy program and exhibition. After years of pursuing an independent art career, they found themself facing burnout, lack of motivation, and a loss of passion. The disconnect from their craft drove them to create the prompts seen here today. With the goals of rekindling their passion, connecting with the local community, and redefining success, they set out to find other artists who were facing the same issues, and embarked on a journey of healing together.
I am a Pittsburgh based artist. I like to constantly explore new and different mediums and styles. Some of the materials I like to use include acrylic paint, paint markers, colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, pens and ink, charcoal, wax, and alcohol markers on a variety of different surfaces such as paper, wood, cardboard, and whatever else I might come across. My styles range from semi-realism to psychedelic art and everything in between. My art is inspired by the human experience, emotions, and all things beyond the veil.
Lindsay Miller, a painter and mixed media artist from Pittsburgh focuses on exploring our internal selves, by bringing to light struggles, intimacy and buried emotions through surreal depictions of everyday life/objects, in hopes of fostering a space of reflection and safety to share with one another.
My name is Christina Iezzi. I am a recent Undergraduate from Carlow University’s Art Therapy Prep, May 2022 and I am headed to Seton Hill for a Masters in Art Therapy.
I use art in my life as a tool for removing blocks, processing information, and for structure when my environment changes. I enjoy getting to know new art supplies and how to use them in a therapeutic approach for healing or improving one's life.
I want to help heal the creative personality with a holistic approach to their individual needs and I hope to be an agent of positive change wherever my path leads me.
I create art pieces that are derived from both my experiences and those shared with me. As I tend to feel things very deeply and introspectively, my art embraces the idea of existentialism, spirituality, and self-reflection, allowing me to fully express and explore the depths of my own thoughts. When I am creating, I probe into the depths of human emotion, often centered around the desire for freedom, with youthful and colorful illustrations. I also explore many of my curiosities, which at one point I may have stifled to try and fit into the world around me. With this exhibit, I focused on letting go of perfectionism, and allowing myself to draw and create without overthinking the process. This was challenging as I tend to enjoy getting things exactly right, but when I truly let go, I found the process very rewarding. From this experience, I was able to discover a different type of creativity that I have within me and I am excited to delve more into this side of my creativity.
Lauren Broyles is a self-taught analogue collage artist who enjoys hunting in thrift stores, antique marts, and used book sales for colorful images and ephemera for her work. In her daily art practice, Lauren incorporates juxtaposition, altered scale, metaphor, and elements of surrealism into her collages. She is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Collage Collective, and leads a monthly collage “meet-up” at Ketchup City Creative, in Sharpsburg, where collage artists of all styles and experience levels and come together to create, swap ideas, and share materials. She is a tenant at Atithi Studios, and a founding Board Member of Artspiration, both of which are also based in Sharpsburg. You can find Lauren’s work on Instagram at @soraya_and_daisy, where she often talks about the role her art plays in her identity as a woman in long-term recovery. A Baltimore native who moved to Pittsburgh in 2002 for graduate school, Lauren lives in O’Hara with her husband John, two teenagers (Zoe and Elliott), and her black Labrador, Bella. When she isn’t cutting and pasting, Lauren works as a consultant helping other PhDs and physician investigators write successful grant proposals.
Art is where I feel the most comfortable to express who I am and to let go of any stress or anxiety I am feeling in the moment. When I start a piece, I am able to disconnect from the world and immerse myself into the body of work. Although I prefer to leave the interpretation of my artwork up to the viewer, I do tend to see a lot of my own emotion poured out onto the piece. That being said, my art is an extension of myself.
This ‘art therapy’ workshop allowed me to dig deeper into how I depict my thoughts and feelings onto a canvas. It was a challenge at times given either the intensity of the prompt - requiring lots of introspection and getting uncomfortable with myself - or even being challenged with the chaos of life. But it was truly a magical connection that I was able to make with both myself and the incredible group of artists that partook in this collective. It reshaped my way of thinking about ‘who I create art for’ and ‘why I create.’
Akia Williams, a.k.a. Kida McCrae, is an artist, creative, freelance editor, writer, hobbyist and mother. Akia came into this, ‘Art As Therapy Workshop,’ determined to be involved with a group of artists, and to push herself to create art in a way that is both natural and fluid, but also to combat internal fear, stigma and complacency to prove that she, and her art, should be seen. Akia wants to show herself that she CAN DO anything, and that the use of color in her art, should NOT be as scary as she once thought. Akia wants to continue to learn and grow her art form, in whatever way feels most natural.
Art As Therapy Exhibition
The Art As Therapy Exhibition is currently on display at Atithi Studios. This page highlights some of the artists whose work is featured.