082: Intersection: Sareka Unique, Abstract Painter

Updated: Dec 8, 2021


In the previous episode, we met Billi-Rose Ledoux who reminded us of how she enhances natural beauty through her art, helps people feel empowered through her craft and the fact that inspiration can come from anywhere. She also reminded us that art can be used to create safe spaces and today’s guest agrees.


Allow me to officially introduce you to today’s guest: Sareka Unique.


Sareka Unique Is an Artist, Illustrator, Designer and Creator of bright, fun colorful things. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and studied Visual Communication Technology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Later, after studying Graphic Design, Sareka fell in love with Illustration and Surface Pattern Design and then finally gave into the calling to paint in 2017. Since then, she has been using her love of color to transform products and create artwork that evokes a sense of vibrancy and joy.


In our conversation, Sareka and I discuss the inspiration present all around her, the way her current mood dictates her final product, how she knows when a piece is complete and the special community she’s created for other artists online.


Key Ideas Discussed:

  • Sareka is a graphic designer and illustrator by trade and she just recently (in the last few years) got into painting

  • Bright colours, joy, making people smile Inspiration all around her; inspired by colour everywhere

  • She sometimes has a clear idea of composition, other times it's about layering colour without knowing where it will lead

  • Mood dictates her final product; how she's feeling at the moment has a huge impact on her work

  • She'll often start with the brightest, most translucent colours in palette (pinks, yellows, oranges)

  • Finding balance in her composition and in her use of colour

  • She knows a piece is done when her gut tells her so or when she's looked at a painting for a couple of days and hasn't wanted to change anything

  • She works on multiple paintings at a time

  • She did a residency this summer where she got to work on larger canvases

  • Pink and teal are her favourite colours

  • Created community @blackgirlsillustrate

  • Her vision for the future is to have her own bricks and mortar studio space and a space for the community, art education


Among many insights gained, Sareka reminds us that bright colours bring joy. In the next episode we meet Caroline, a textile designer who shares Sareka’s feelings about the wonder of colour.


Stay tuned…


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Sareka’s abstract painting hanging above a couch, bright colours appear to be moving and swirling in the centre of the painting.

Sareka’s abstract painting hanging between two chairs with pops of blue, pink and teal throughout.

A layflat shot from above of Sareka’s work that contains lots of blue and pink colours interspersed throughout the composition.

A digital illustration that depicts Sareka Unique’s point of intersection between ‘creating safe spaces’ and ‘bright colours bring joy’. There are two overlapping circles connecting these themes and a straight line connecting her to the place where these circles meet. When connected with the 16 other artists these circles form a map.

The complete map of the colourful, intersecting circles that represent the 17 artists and their connections to one another.



About Our Guest:

A photo of Sareka Unique wearing a pink sweater, brightly-coloured headband and radiating joy.

Sareka Unique Is an Artist, Illustrator, Designer and Creator of bright, fun colorful things. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and studied Visual Communication Technology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Later, after studying Graphic Design, Sareka fell in love with Illustration and Surface Pattern Design and then finally gave into the calling to paint in 2017. Since then, she has been using her love of color to transform products and create artwork that evokes a sense of vibrancy and joy.

www.sarekaunique.com

www.blackgirlsillustrate.com

IG: @sarekaunique



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