Deprived Media captures stories which often go unheard.

Many people are denied the opportunity to embrace their inner truth; they conform in order to establish safety and comfort. I have done this exact thing.

I’ve had my story interupted, invalidated and hushed. And so, in the past, I’ve altered my experience so that my story could be socially accepted.

But I’ve finally recognized that I am worthy of acknowledgement and validation, I’ve learned to express my experience through artistic means. Art is a universal language and I intend to use my creativity to challenge the norms.

Through Deprived Media, I create progressive conversations by exploring my identity as a young cis-woman in her early-20’s living in a patriarchal, colonial society.

I capture my experience through writings, photography, performance and visual art which effectively portrays an experience that defies the norm.


Meet the artist:


Shayla Hickerson is a HBFA (Visual Arts) Lakehead University graduate. Through her experience as an emerging artist, she has become aware of the difficulties of creating a name for one’s self. It became understood that aspiring artists have a challenging time building up their CV. This realization became a turning point in her attempt to create change. In addition, it became more obvious to Hickerson that there were many conversations that were not easily discussed. After encountering a few obstacles of her own, and working through finding her own voice, Hickerson decided that she no longer wanted to beat around the bush. This characteristic became extremely influential after studying major concepts in Women’s Studies, as well as feminist topics in art history. After months of talking and meeting up with people, the idea of a collective project, Deprived Media, started to become its own entity. Through Deprived Media, Hickerson seeks to address the topics that are pushed to the side while encouraging artists, and the community alike, to break the silence in a safe, respectable way.

Also, feel free to come along for the never ending journey! Featuring Shayla’s personal experience with hardships and blessings in life!

That Art Kid

Yours truly,

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