by Julie Davis August 19, 2021
Nexus Impact Center of Indianapolis has selected "Equality for All" artwork by local artist, Julie Davis, as an Honorable Mention during their preliminary judging round for the Equality for All Art Contest, making her eligible for the cash and prizes through the final phase of the contest, the Viewer Choice Promotion and Silent Auction.
In addition, 30% of the silent auction proceeds for Davis' artwork will go to a social cause of her choice doing work in Indiana. Her chosen local non-profit beneficiary is Watch Us Farm of Zionsville, Indiana.
Nexus opens Viewer's Choice voting online to the public September 1st and a link to vote will be provided on Julie's social media channels.
People will be able to vote online for their favorite artwork from the 9 Honorable Mentions.The Viewers Choice Award, includes $500 cash, a 6 month co-working membership at Nexus and other prizes through Indiana Originals. The Viewers Choice Winner will still specify a cause/nonprofit to contribute $150. The Viewer's Choice piece will be kept and displayed at the Nexus Impact Center.
This is a family friendly event celebrating our Equality for All artists. Attendees will also get a chance to create some art of their own, and support small businesses doing good in our community!
Davis' digital artwork "Equality for All"
"I was informed about the contest through the Indy Arts Council email which led me to learn more about The Nexus Impact Center and its mission. I am absolutely aligned with the organization’s mission and values rooted in every person having value and purpose to be leveraged for good!
It is very important to me that my artwork make a positive impact on community and that it be used as an agent for positive social change! Growing up as a military-child, I was fortunate to be surrounded by all kinds of diversity from the many cultures, beliefs, lifestyles, and circumstances that the military community provides. This environment was rich and rewarding, providing a depth of great opportunities for personal growth and new perspectives and ultimately resulting in a stronger more resilient community and a more worldly outlook on life! This life experience has given me a very deep appreciation for diversity and inclusion, social justice, and unity!"
- Julie Davis
Davis' "Equality for All" digital artwork is a high-vibe spin on Art Deco meets contemporary visionary. The overall message in the work conveys equality as being accessible and inclusive. The artwork projects positive feelings of unity, community and collaboration. The painting is rich with symbolic meaning to support these themes.
The Seed of the Soul
At the bottom of the painting there is a white (white light is comprised of all colors in the spectrum - for inclusion) circle (also known as the monad, represents the whole/one/unity) representing the "seed of the soul."
Think about how amazing a seed is and all the potential that is held within a tiny little seed. A seed has the potential to grow, bloom and transform into something beautiful – if nurtured and cared for. Also, like other seeds, each soul seed is unique and requires different kinds and amounts of care in order to grow and flourish. Therefore, there is an individual seed for each color spectrum that comprises the whole spectrum (white light) on its own path. Some paths are shorter/longer than others acting as metaphors for the differences in circumstances that each soul encounters when born into this life. Despite the differences in life circumstances, each soul seed has the inalienable right to transcend their circumstances. This is depicted by the ascension of the seeds upward toward the Monarch butterfly.
The Monarch Butterfly
I chose the Monarch butterfly as the main focal point of my painting, not only because I am literally seeing them daily in my garden as work on this painting, but also because of their rich symbolism. The Monarch symbolizes hope, rebirth, infinite potential, joy, creativity, and new life for ALL of US! They signify the coming of change, which couldn’t be more fitting in our current situation – a reminder to BE the change – Social change – more equality, freedom, compassion, and unity! Their life journey and expression is so symbolic of our own (and our nation’s) great awakening journey, and spiritual path.
The Complete full spectrum of colors (visible to humans) represents hope as rainbows are usually seen after a storm (aka COVID pandemic). The rainbow serves as a reminder to have faith, trust the process –equality as being accessible and inclusive is possible!
About The Nexus Impact Center
The Nexus Impact Center provides co-working and office space as well as event and meeting space. We exist to unite, inspire, and resource people to cultivate impact-driven business models.
About Julie Davis Veach Art & Design
Julie Davis Art and Design is woman-owned business based in Zionsville, Indiana.
Owner and artist, Julie Davis is an American painter, multi-media artist, and graphic designer currently living and working in Zionsville, Indiana. Through her mediums, she creates vibrant, visceral works that invoke states of being, including self-reflection, joy, healing, gratitude, and connection.
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