LeLonnie (Lonnie) is a multidisciplinary creative from Phoenix, Arizona. She’s an Academy of Art University alum, with a BFA in Fashion Design, but her preferred mediums are sound, film, and food. The heart of her work is storytelling and how it’s a tool to navigate/disrupt/preserve culture. Although her approach and methods of presentation will continue to change, her offerings will always be directly linked to her everyday habits/environments.
I used to believe art had to be declarative: I had to know what I was saying, who I was addressing, and why I was doing what I was doing. Time, experience, and [temporarily] losing my interest in art wore away a desire I had to prove “something”- thus bringing back my zeal to create. From that, came my intentional practices of joy and relaxation. I used to believe art had to be grandiose and obscure- until I started making it, and took more delight in watching things develop through simple, ritualistic steps. Time, experience, and practice have shown me that my creative work and lifestyle are interdependent. I’m not sure what I’ll believe in the future, but I look forward to what time, experience, and my makings will show me.