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FIDA, Betanya


Artist Statement

The subject matter of my art consists of portraits of different aspects of the community that mean the most to me. The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) has been my foundation ever since I could fully understand and embrace my culture and faith. Being a part of this community has been one of my main inspirations for my bodies of portraiture work. The pieces in this exhibit embody some of the core aspects of what it means to be part of the EOTC, as I chose to create portraits of some of the clergymen that serve the members of the Church everyday, as well as portraits of what the women would typically look like going to and participating in the services at church. I also included one self-portrait that depicts how the EOTC community as well as the others that I am a part of shape who I am. I hope viewers will be able to experience the cultural as well as the spiritual when they look at my work – and maybe learn about another one of the many amazing cultures here in Minnesota.

Artist Bio

I am a 17-year-old artist who lives here in St. Paul. Aside from art classes I have been taking throughout high school, I am a self-taught but hope to further my education in fine arts once I graduate high school next spring. The communities I've grown up in as well as my personal experiences are the main influences that shape my work. I have exhibited my work in the Minnesota State Fair K-12 Competition since 2021, have won regional awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2022 and 2023, and have participated in the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's PCSS art exhibition as well as the Solidarity Street Gallery in 2021! As I continue to grow as an artist and further my education, I hope to have a future that is centered around my passion for the arts.

967 Payne | ArT @ 967 Payne

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