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An Artist Perspective: I Mikel Elam

Updated: May 3, 2023

I am not an artist first . Nor am I even Mikel . I am pure consciousness. Buried beneath the layers of image ,ego, posturing , status or lack of is a soul . A soul in its purest state is energy, no thought, and love . Returning to this on a daily basis can be blissful. Have a great weekend.#afrofuturism#bliss#contemporaryart #mikelelam#blackbirdgallerydetroit #mikelelam#firehouseartsgermantown


It doesn’t matter what part of the world we live , what socioeconomic background we are born into or have created for ourselves , our race, our gender, our orientation; we all will transition one day . We should try to make the best in our time here . Share it and leave it for the next inhabitants. This is how we experience heaven here and now . I am You . You are me . Respect love and compassion starting today . #mikelelam#afrofuturism #thenewconsciousness#contemporaryart#mikelelam#afrofuturism#blackbirdgallerydetroit#jackshainmangallery


Mikel Elam

MIKEL ELAM ART STATEMENT I am in search of my higher consciousness, all within the constraints of this part melanin-based vessel. Some say we arrive out of the womb already aware of our destiny. I have always gravitated toward future ideas: new approaches and ways of looking at things. I’ve been searching for humanity within the sea of infinite compassion. Simply trying to get closer to the divine. I meditate twice a day. I try to nourish my body and my soul with proper sustenance. My art practice is a continuation of these values. Often leading me into observations about this life and its consequences.

I love all of the art forms. I am most adept with pigments and painting devices. I listen to music, watch films, read constantly. Although when starting a painting, I work in silence. It gives me better clarity in developing a dialogue and a narrative within the art itself. Once the work is able to stand up; I can then begin to introduce external sounds to continue my practice.

I would say the single most reoccurring theme in my work is about identity. Especially in these times filled with such animosity towards the skin that many of my brothers and sisters inhabit. It is within this framework my paintings are born. The art, for me, is both an evaluation and validation of our existence. We exist. We are beautiful. We are powerful and humane. We are love.

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