We had the good fortune of connecting with Shevaré Perry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shevaré, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am driven by emotion and passion. So, when it comes to risk, I tend to do what feels right and what aligns with my passions. After graduate school, I was not completely sure about my career path. I moved around a bit- from London, to St. Louis, to New York, to St. Louis again, then to Arkansas, and back to St. Louis. Within these moves, I took advantage of the work opportunities that aligned with fashion, retail, and creativity. This ultimately led to me being who I am today- an artist, story teller, poet, and fashion educator who explores creative expression through the overlap of visual and theatrical art, fashion, and beauty.
By taking risk I’ve had the opportunity to:
– Curate and Launch Solo Exhibitions (Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery St. Louis and Boyle Family Gallery Lindenwood University)
– Present and exhibit at Museums- St. Louis Art Museum and The Charles Wright Museum
– Live and travel abroad
– Attend Fashion Weeks
– Travel and work backstage at top hair shows nationwide
– Meet and connect with fashion students from around the country
– Teach fashion design and marketing at the collegiate level
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a multifaceted artist and educator who explores the overlap of visual art and poetry. My outlets of artistic expression are 3D mixed media collage and new media paired with poetic dialogue. I believe that poetic story telling paired with animated presentations are catalysts to spark dialogue, share history, and increase creative approaches to language arts.
My art is set apart from others because it’s my cross disciplinary journey of exploration. I am always trying new creative outlets and experimenting to drive my skills.
Getting to where I am today took a lot of risk taking, professional development, and relationship building. My network is comprised of a lot of people from different industries and professions. By seeking someone more knowledgeable than me in areas that I’m not, my network has guided and driven me. They take the time to meet with me, give me advice, tell me about professional development programs, and hold me accountable to the goals I set out to achieve.
The lessons I learned are to be passion driven, set goals, and take advantage of opportunities.
I’d like the world to know Shevaré.
Right now, the poem below is (from my latest solo exhibition- She Is Her, I Am She) is what I’d like the world to know about me:
She Is Her
I Am She
Full of Joy and Grief
She Wipes Her Eyes
She and Her are parts of the same individual. Those are a few lines from the poem that Inspired She Is Her, I Am She. For me those lines serve as a reminder that my she must be stronger than my her. She Is where the Joy Is.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like recognize my family and loved ones.
She Is Her
I Am She
I am them
They are me