The Man Behind The Mural; Corey Zen | How Do You Ubuntu?
Meet the artist behind the mural at Westside High School, Corey Zen. At the age of 4, he was introduced to poetry by a family member and achieved success winning certificates. In his teenage years, he began to express his words in paintings. Through studying African art, he realized that there was a lot of things art historians have excluded from history about European Artists. This directed his style of art and helped identify his own self-love. Read the brief Q:A with this expressive young artist as we discuss the Westside Mural and what is next for this talented artist.
Q: Was this your first mural?
A: This actually my first mural, but when I was asked to do it I wasn’t nervous about it. I’ve worked large scaled before. So I knew that the same method I would use for a legal size paper could apply to the wall.
Q: How was the planning process? What did that look like??
A: It was a lot take in but when Shane and I were planning everything happened like 1,2,3. In like 10 minutes the layout came together. It’s SO effective. So just not overthinking it was the thing, letting go.
Q: How was it interacting with the students at Westside High? Were they receptive to the process?
A: Yeah, I see it in the students expression and the way they interact with art. When I observe them going about doing art, it’s a change. A change for the better.
Q: Cool, what does Ubuntu mean to you?
A: We are helping each other, help each other.
Q: Awesome, how do you incorporate Ubuntu into your work?
A: By painting things that don’t have a stereotype. If I create a few different figures, I won’t give them a racial identity. I’ll give them a color. Blue, Orange..colors like that. Keeping it limitless as possible. No matter where you are from you can relate.
“Art is Art.”
Q: What’s next for you? What are you off to tackle next?!
A: (Laughs) Free flowing and settling up his foundation. How A Flower Blooms, is a nude series changing the way the way that society views women bodies. Taking that sexual, fetishization and viewing them as your favorite flower.