Lo­cal artist uses work to speak out

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Wil­liams SJ Cor­re­spon­dent Maria Men­dex with her art­work.

Artis­tic ex­pres­sion comes out in peo­ple for a lot of rea­sons, and one lo­cal cre­ative is us­ing can­vas and paint as a way to show off her pas­sion for peo­ple from all walks of life, even those made up by oth­ers.

Re­cent Rock­mart High School grad­u­ate Maria Men­dez has al­ways had a pas­sion for draw­ing, and from a young age was doo­dling lit­tle char­ac­ters or recre­at­ing her fa­vorite car­toons from when she was a kid.

She didn’t give her­self the ti­tle of artist un­til she ap­proached high school where she be­gan to take more se­ri­ous routes in the way she ap­proached her art­work.

The way Men­dez ap­proaches art now is by feed­ing off of her emo­tions and uses what­ever medium, prefer­able wa­ter color, to ex­press how she feels in ef­forts to reach out to com­fort other peo­ple who feel the same as she does.

Men­dez’s art offers a home for ones who are feel­ing de­pressed or anx­i­ety-rid­den, this was all cre­ated af­ter she went through a dif­fi­cult course in her life where she was di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion in ninth grade af­ter a sui­cide at­tempt. Now af­ter over­com­ing her in­ter­nal bat­tles, she now cre­ates art that bring a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for other peo­ple por­tray­ing a mes­sage that the viewer is ac­cepted and not alone.

Men­dez cred­its her pas­sion in art to her art teacher in her ju­nior year in high school, Ms. Wad­dle.

She said that her teacher sat down with her one day af­ter notic­ing Maria look­ing down and told her how she her­self had went through some low points in life and found new mean­ing through us­ing art to help cope with her feel­ings.

From t hat mo­ment, Men­dez took a whole new ap­proach in her art­work and used it as more of a medium to speak to the view­ers.

“It gets bet­ter, I prom­ise you it does. I al­ways though that my life would lit­er­ally never get bet­ter, but it did. Peo­ple say it’s al­ways go­ing to get bet­ter and it re­ally does,” said Men­dez. “At the mo­ment it feels ter­ri­ble and like its the end of the world, but it isn’t.”

Men­dez is an ac­tive ad­vo­cate for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity; she uses her fan art work of mem­bers of the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity to help push ac­cep­tance for the com­mu­nity by bring­ing out col­or­ful vi­brant art­work in goals to por­tray beauty and love in her art work.

She said that a main cause of her de­pres­sion was that she was afraid of be­ing ridiculed for who she is and that ac­cep­tance is a huge fac­tor when it came to her hap­pi­ness.

In hopes to give peo­ple hap­pi­ness and com­fort in their life Men­dez tries to push bound­aries by bring­ing ac­cep­tance of all hu­mans into her art­work.

Men­dez’s main goal in life is to cre­ate art, she now has started get­ting into de­sign­ing band lo­gos and ideas for mer­chan­dise.

She has al­ways been heav­ily in­flu­enced by mu­sic with her art work and tends to lis­ten to pop punk bands such as May­day Pa­rade and t he Maine. One can view Men­dez’s art­work or or­der cus­tom art work or pur­chase al­ready fin­ished prod­ucts through her busi­ness’s In­sta­gram page @love­lylit­tlelonel­yartist or con­tact her email Mari­a­mendez07189918@gmail. com.

Linda’s Place in Rock­mart has been serv­ing up tasty break­fast and lunch op­tions for 29 years.

Con­trib­uted by Maria Men­dez

Maria Men­dez also does fan art­work, in­clud­ing orig­i­nal “Rick and Morty” de­signs for the Car­toon Net­work se­ries.

Tyler Wil­liams / Stan­dard Jour­nal

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