Shaylin Wallace is a 21-year old digital artist from Wilmington, Delaware. She specializes in creating surrealistic compositions by manipulating stock photos using Adobe Photoshop. As a child, Wallace loved drawing, painting, as well as photography and dabbled in poetry. She is currently a Senior at Salisbury University pursuing her BFA in Graphic Design. As an artist, she strives to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, catching her audience’s eyes with her surreal, yet so real masterpieces. Wallace hopes to become a full-time artist, traveling the world and sharing her artistic journey to inspire others to follow their passions.
Shaylin Wallace is an artist who works mainly digitally. With a conceptual approach, Wallace creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards surreal and minimal art can be found. The work is very imaginative and unconventional and such cool, unique imagery is used.
Her practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for maneuvering with a surreal-minimalist approach in the world of art: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. By applying abstraction, she tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical, and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
Her works don’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. With a subtle minimalistic approach, she creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context.
Internal War, External Reality
Internal War, External Reality shows how Black people see the world in their mind because it is their actual reality. The Black man in my piece only has some of his face shown because his identity is not important. The little boy in his head, surrounded by destruction does not have a face either because it does not matter who he is. All that matters is that they are both Black. To be Black in this world means that nothing else about you, whether it’s your personality, your education, your background, etc. does not matter; only the color of your skin does. We live in a world where we are not free, not in real life, and not in our minds. People talk about trauma and even PTSD, having flashbacks or being triggered by sounds or objects. Black people go through this every day without even realizing it. To walk down the street and see a police car, we immediately get tense because of what we’ve experienced personally or what we’ve seen happen to our family, brothers and sisters, our friends, in our communities. We are in a war that we never even started. This piece shows a deeper meaning and understanding of what it is like to be Black in this world. This is for all Black people, young and old, for them to know that we are all living the same reality, internally and externally.
Field Of Justice
Field Of Justice is one of those pieces that can be interpreted in many ways. It all depends on the person who’s viewing the piece. It’s as if everyone receives the message that they need to hear when seeing this piece. The fist in the Field Of Justice can represent those who have fought for our freedom. It could also represent those we have lost or those we are fighting for. Overall, the fist symbolizes justice, justice for Black people. You can’t have freedom without justice and you can’t have justice without freedom. I created this piece a few days after I heard about Ahmaud Arbery’s death. I was so angry that I began to cry out of frustration and I just could not speak. So I sat in front of my laptop and began to look at stock images. I saw a black and white stock image of a fist and it gave me a vision, an idea and I knew I had to put it in a field, so I did. It took me about an hour to find the right stock image of a field, but when I did, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Then, I opened up photoshop and went right to work. I added some color to the fist and then cropped it out. I only had one fist, but I decided to add another, then another, and soon, the entire field was filled with a fist. With the field of a fist, it shows unity and strength in numbers and how the Black community stays united.
The way I feel about this piece of artwork is so deep, as if it hits my soul. “I feel like it captures the inner beauty of black girls,” said my friend Noelle and I completely agree. Black women are often judged so harshly by our outer appearance by everyone, even ourselves. we need to spend more of that time noticing the beauty within ourselves because that is what makes our blossoms.
There’s something magical about finding the perfect flower for portraits. I literally spend hours, sometimes days looking for the right flower (and I’m not even exaggerating lol). This has to be one of my favorite pieces in my growth series I’ve created since I started this series. although the face is a flower, it still conveys an emotion or feeling symbolically, hence why I called it boujee. This flower has blossomed to be a fierce hibiscus!
To my fellow black community, I know right now is a hard (hard is an understatement) time for us all. but enough is enough and the way the world treats us cannot go on any longer. This is just a reminder that we are beautiful gods and goddesses. we are royal. We are black kings and queens. we are powerful. we are divine. we are as golden as our melanated skin is when we’re out in the sun. we will forever stand together and never give up without a fight. we were never in the wrong. we never deserved this hate. we stay uplifting others, even when they try to tear us down. our power, our strength, our desire for change is what makes us so divine. keep shining. keep fighting. this is our time. blind the world with your greatness. black power.