Day 139: Cassandra Abril

Artist Statement

I am a twenty three year old mixed media artist and native of  Phoenix, Arizona. I graduated The Herberger School of Art and Design at ASU, with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing in 2016. Growing up in Arizona has brought me grounding, and a grateful attitude and appreciation for being able to see living plants, desert landscape, and animals every day. I strive to show this in my art by fusing nature, the physical body, and abstraction with current topics in society.  I never limit myself to one medium. I feel that when I stick to just watercolor or working with clay, for instance, my creativity, perspective, and focus is hindered. Personally, my ideas thrive and grow when I know I am able to use any media and mix them to create my art. Watercolor, t-shirts, pen, oil pastels, and acrylic paint, and air dry clay are my staples. I also aim to use as much recycled or found materials as possible. Simplicity through abstraction is a method I employ in my art to make viewers not fully aware of the subject. I like knowing that they have to figure out what it is they are looking at and take from it what they will.

There is so much to comment on about the world we live in today and how much humans are using the earth to their advantage without realizing the consequences. Many of us forget that we only have one body, one mind, and one planet. The earth provides our physical bodies with air, water, land, and nutrient dense foods; true sustenance. The current state we are headed is not promising and in my art, I want to bring small, but powerful reminders of this message.

I enjoy painting fruits and vegetables in my watercolor paintings and t-shirts. Although they may seem simple my message is simple; to eat more of them. Cheesy as that sounds, Americans as a whole do not consume enough and rank second in the world for eating the most meat annually than any other country. Overconsumption in every aspect of society is what intrigues me and leads to inspiration in my art.

Sending a positive message through my art and social media rather than putting out more negativity is crucial to me. However, there is always room for education and awakening rather than always showing the beautiful side of life. I always want to bring more truth and awareness, to my viewers by touching on sensitive subjects. Subjects in society today. Issues I find important are gun violence, racism, factory farming, global warming, and the use of pesticides and genetically modified organisms in agriculture today.

We have the power to arm ourselves with knowledge of what is truly going on in our world. My goal is to connect with all ages and viewpoints in life to spark an open and understanding conversation on how it is we as a human race can solve these problems.

Dogs in China
Futura Fruit
Wasted Wave
Avocado Tee


Broken & Broken



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