Piece description from the artist
Love is a powerful drug. This piece represents youth that live in the big cities of Chicago and New York. This year, as most LGBT people celebrated the Supreme Court's Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage, I couldn't help but think about all of the homeless youth in the US that were looking thru all of the magazines and seeing our cities plastered with the news of this big win, knowing that they had to return to the shelter or streets because despite the court making this ruling, they still have no home to return to or family to celebrate this victory with.
But they remain hopeful. Love is a powerful drug. The desire to give an receive love keeps their heads held high and heart strong.
Sam Kirk, a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago and Brooklyn, explores culture, identity and urban politics through her art. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, in a mixed race family, she has always been fascinated with community and culture. Taking experiences from her own upbringing and merging them with insights obtained during travel, her work is known for its vibrant color palette, whimsical characters and, profound stories laced with optimism.
Fascinated with people, their culture and how they express their identity, Sam is provoked to share stories in her work about the individuals she meets and the communities they are part of. Her creative process involves frequent voyages so she may engage with a variety of people in different cities.
Recognized for her public art and solo shows in Chicago, Sam Kirk has exhibited in New York, Miami, Washington DC, and Minneapolis. She is currently the official Chicago Made SXSW 2015 Artist, recently won the Curator’s Choice award at the Redbull Curates Chicago contest and, exhibited at Scope art fair in December 2014. She has been commissioned by Guinness, Smirnoff, Ciroc, Rolling Stone Magazine and Proctor & Gamble.
Sam earned a B.F.A. in Interior Design and a B.A. in Marketing from Columbia College in Chicago.