Donald by A. Mata
The Men of Standard Series is my "Best Friends in my head" series. Each person has influenced me and pushed me to be more creative, more expressive, more of my full self. They acted boldly so I can act boldly.
Donald Glover is a favourite of mine, and honestly, at this point, there aren't words to express my admiration of what he's doing. Since 2018 he's been on a whole new level of art creation. His music, his acting, his outward appearance and perspective are fresh and new. I can't seem to keep up, all I can hear is his voice calling to me, "Come on April, let's go! There's so much to see!" I'm running full speed behind him just happy to be a part of his journey.
I vectored one of my favourite images of him in Adobe Illustrator and layered it in primary colours. I printed him on a 24x24 sheet of backlit film, a speciality material used in backlit posters and displays. My husband, handyman that he is, helped me design and construct my own custom light boxes. I kept the wood raw, I love the smell and texture of raw wood, untouched by stains or paint, just beautiful by itself. I used LED light strips with USB connections so that display is easy and beautiful. With the included remote you can adjust the light to your preference.