Artist Series: Rhiannon Salt
Rhiannon designed the Empowerment T-Shirt now available in our online store.
Photo by MP Brandt
How would you describe your artistic style?
I would describe my artistic style as lots of words, colors and feelings haha. I think aesthetically it is a combination of influences from y2k (glittery, lots of pastel colors), pop art, cartoons and comics, surrealism, aesthetics commonly used in children's toys and books, and graphic design/art from the 60-70s.
What would your dream project look like?
I think my dream project would be writing and illustrating a children's book about disability, and also having an accessible artist co-op space where people can get free art supplies, lessons and find community. I have a lot of ideas but those are the first two that come to mind haha.
First thing you'd grab in a fire?
Apart from my partner, my phone and meds! With how crappy the healthcare system is, with some of my medications I would probably have to wait two weeks to get a refill regardless of what happened.
What are your favorite things about your neighborhood?
Honestly I’m really grateful that there are multiple grocery stores (both grocery store chains and ones that are specific to various cultures, which is amazing!) near me because unfortunately for many folks in Chicago there isn’t one close, and also because I love to cook. Also there’s so many trees in my neighborhood which my plant parent heart loves.
Your go-to album…
This is hard because I am constantly listening to music! Hmm… I’d say it’s between Dance Fever by Florence and The Machine or Purple Moonlight Pages by R.A.P. Ferreira. Also! Music for Living Spaces by Green-house is a go to for me always.
What social justice issues are you most passionate about and why?
So many, such as equity and reparations for BIPOC folks, harm reduction, sex workers rights, LGBQIA2S+ rights, disability rights, free healthcare for all, reproductive rights, free housing, climate change, workers rights, the rights of the global south and more, because it all intersects and all has and does affect the livelihoods and well being of people. Access to exist without oppression, and with access to one’s needs however they manifest (financially, housing, food, healthcare, socially) is a basic human right that should be given to all. Specifically in my art I focus a lot on disability, mental health, ableism, public health, and being queer and trans.
What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of community?
Care. 100 percent care in all of its forms, such as organizing and providing mutual aid, showing up for one another, sharing what we make with each other, empowering each other and also having hard conversations because we care about the people we are having them with because we believe they (and ourselves) deserve to grow (and so much more!!! There’s so many beautiful ways to care.)
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