inspired by: KANYE WEST

“Your girlfriend’s really beautiful… Do you know she’s a bird? I mean like a monkey in a zoo.”

Sara Radin, a senior pursuing a BA in Art & Design, is always searching for beautiful, unusual, & inspirational people, places, and things.

I have always been fascinated by creative inspiration and where people find it. Sometimes it’s a person, place, or thing…


A trip to Antarctica,

The growth cycle of amaryllis flowers,

Or a childhood memory of viewing a sunset upside down.*


But whatever that influence is, it moves you in someway.

Maybe it forces one to create

to explore

or to change

and to see life in a new light…


As an art student on the brink of graduation, and the start of my life as a starving artist, I’ve been taking much of my recent inspiration from successful, creative people, who successfully do it all.

Cue Kanye West.

Rapper, Singer, Record Producer, Taylor Swift-Offender. Now he can even add Film Producer/Director to the list. Bravo!

I guess my love for Kanye began when I had my first kiss to his song “All Falls Down.” Although that is quite embarrassing to admit, it's almost ten years later and I'm still listening to this artist's music. It was only a few months ago that West debuted his first 35-minute film, “Runaway.” And I can't stop playing it on repeat. Actually, I’m listening to it right now as I write this entry. 

It's just beautiful. Why, you ask?

I don't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't watched it yet but let's see... There's melodious sounds paired with West's insane hip hop vocals. Throw in Philip Lim's incredible fashion. Supermodel Selita Ebank's heavenliness as a phoenix. A romance amidst themes of discrimination, social ostracism, and rebirth. Fireworks AND ballet dancers. What more could you really ask for?

Every time I watch and listen, I appreciate Kanye and this work of art more and more. Moving forward, I'm going to channel my inner Kanye West, minus the cursing but definitely the free-flowing creativity and collaboration.

Click here to read more about Kanye West's "Runaway" >>

*Artists' Inspirations documented from the current A&D Emeritus Faculty Exhibition @ WORK Gallery 



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