Odessa Blackmore

Cravings. October 2017. 24 x 24 in. Acrylic on Canvas. 

​​-Born in Oakland, California and currently lives in San Francisco.
I live in the city. It can be loud, depressing, and yet- I find it really beautiful. I began a fascination with safety cones, hazard signs, and other construction barriers. These brightly colored objects were everywhere as a form of caution, but never given much attention to. I am frequently taking pictures around the city to refer to later and find myself painting from these photos as a tribute to my environment, the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the city as a landscape. Growing up in the Bay Area, the art scene out here has had a huge influence on me.
When I was a kid I would just walk around the city for hours, drawing by the lake, going to art shows in Downtown Oakland. The Bay Area has changed a lot since I was a kid, the tech boom and gentrification has forced locals out of their neighborhoods. It has been hard for me to watch the influx of tech, as a neo-bourgeoisie 

has been destroying the home I love by driving all the local culture out. Most of the artists have been driven out of San Francisco in search of cheaper rent. Income inequality has reached new heights, as the rich in San Francisco have gotten Mark Zuckerberg-rich. Yet there is still such poverty, and a hugely ignored homeless population that the city fails to give housing. Technology largely has the masses distracted, ignoring their surroundings.
By painting the seemingly mundane aspects of my surroundings, I hope to awaken the distracted American.