Shayla Hickerson is a graduate of the Honours Bachelors of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) program, minoring in Women’s Studies, at Lakehead University. Through her experience as an emerging artist, she has become aware of the difficulties of creating a name for one’s self. 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 discovering her own voice, Hickerson decided that she no longer wanted to beat around the bush. This realization 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 projecting a social narrative, 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.

That Art Kid

Yours truly,

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