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Sylvia Sykes

August 2023

Artist Statement:

As a member of the Millennial generation, I embrace a unique perspective, having witnessed the dawn of personal computers and smartphones while cherishing memories of a time untouched by their influence. In this transitional space, I perceive a collective responsibility to revive the aspects of life that technology has overshadowed. I recognize our role as the bridge between two worlds—preservers of the past and architects of the future.

My commitment to this mission finds expression through my art. Grounded in a human-centric approach, my creations reclaim the spotlight for people and genuine interactions. Through my work, I seek to capture subjects that hold an enigmatic allure, inviting viewers to contemplate their own essence, their interconnectedness with others, and our shared reliance as a species. In the vivid strokes of my artwork, I aspire to immortalize humanity, encouraging spectators to seek their tribes and counteract the divisive sway of technology.

Artist Bio:

Hailing from Akron, OH, Sylvia Sykes is a portrait artist whose skillful hand dances across acrylic, oil, and digital mediums. Her focus often rests on African American subjects, community narratives, and the strength of women, brought to life through both caricature and realism. While a performing arts school nurtured her early passion, Sylvia's academic journey led her to a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Akron. These disciplines infuse her work with themes of human connection, societal dynamics, and community bonds. Embracing the therapeutic potency of color, Sylvia bathes her pieces in vibrant hues and bold outlines, creating a symphony for the eyes and the soul.

Sylvia Sykes: The Book of Akron 3:30

Burton D. Morgan Gallery: Exhibition runs Sept. 20 - Oct. 28, 2023

Sylvia Sykes
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