My name is Corey Wynn. I am an artist, clothing brand designer, and a poet.
How did you get into what you do creatively?
I started drawing at the age of 8 after receiving a Disney drawing booklet from my parents as a kid. I didn't take things seriously until I graduated high school, realizing I could make money from it.
What themes do you pursue in you work?
I pursue messages of black heritage, self love, self discovery, and self expression.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
The responses from my work for the most part have been overwhelmingly positive. A lot from my peers and had black women, mostly mothers tear up when I explained the motivation and inspiration behind my We 3 Queens design. Its my second clothing design that features my mother with an afro, and my 2 grandmothers, all of which have different shades of black skin. I've had people tear up when I showed them my Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle designs too.
What/who influences you?
My reality, my experiences, my thoughts and feelings, personal philosophy is my primary influence in my artwork. I take these things and materialize them on canvas, or print them on clothes.
What makes your work necessary (to you, to others, to the community)?
My work is necessary because its subject is often ignored or forgotten about. For most of this country's history, United States history that is, black people have had the identity of sambo, the pickaninny. These cartoonish creatures that have been conjured up and have cast a black cloud over the perception of my people. As a result a lot of us grow up ridiculed and antagonized, and takes years for us to get our self esteem back, our confidence back. Some of us never do, falling victim to self hatred and opting for elective surgery to fix 'big lips' and wide noses'. If my artwork can touch reach a single person telling them to love who they are, then I've done my job.