Art in Action
At Deeds, we know art is a powerful tool that can bring communities together and inspire them to action around important issues. Through our Artist in Residence program, we are helping mentor a new generation of artists, amplifying their art to create social change and building their leadership potential.
Artists in Residence | Jessica Sanchez
My name is Jessica Sanchez, and I am a designer & illustrator from Dallas, Texas. I am currently a senior in the Visual Communications program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Ultimately, illustration drives my design process and I love incorporating it into my general body of work and passion projects. One passion project that is on-going at the moment is Chicle, a zine I co-run with my best friend. I create and curate the art and design elements, and use the zine as a way to stray from typical design practices by rebelling against the “rules of design.” Chicle has also motivated me to expand the ways one design can live in the world. From creating items beyond the zine such as stickers, pins, and patches, I am able to sell my work in an array of diverse products.
My experience with the Movement Mujeres art residency has inspired me to create more independent and meaningful design. Although its already part of my general inspiration, I plan to continue making work that centers self-identifying women.
INSTAGRAM: @yessiichula, @j.sanchez.design
Mujeres to the Front
This design was created for our Movement Mujeres fellows. There are 25 fellows and each of them received this totebag with the empowering message that they are the future leaders of Texas.
I Will Rise Without Shame
Designed for the Deeds Not Words Zine, The Galvanizer, Volume 1 Issue 2. This issue of the zine centered topics around sexual assault including healing. The zine was then distributed to all of the young people that are apart of our campus chapters across the state. The poster design below can be found in the center spread.
A poster series created to show that self love can look many different ways.
Artists in Residence | Karina Perez
My name is Karina Perez, and I am an illustrator and designer from Edinburg, Texas. I am currently a senior in the Savannah College of Art and Design where I study Illustration with a focus in editorial and book publishing. As a freelance illustrator, my work is focused on creating a more diversity in media and using illustration as a tool to tell these diverse stories.
The Movement Mujeres Artist Residency was an incredible experience that I am extremely thankful to have learned so much. I hope to continue creating work that is informed by this impactful experience and continue amplifying the voices that are often overlooked.
INSTAGRAM: @kinnycupsart, WEBSITE: karinavperez.com
Together We Rise
This was a poster designed to uplift the power of women of color when they come together to learn, uplift, and change their communities.
End Family Separation
Growing up at the border, I’ve witnessed the Monarch butterfly migrate cross countries to find its way home every fall. As a reminder to myself and to those living in the states, the monarch represents the natural freedom we all possess as humans on earth.
The monarch for many immigrants represents hope, resilience, and freedom.
I created these illustrations to bring awareness and to share a small story of the tragic family separation many families are facing right now. I hope to share some light on the courage and beauty of immigrants trying to find their way to freedom in this country.
Artists in Residence | Catie Lewis
My name is Catie Lewis and I am a self taught artist and muralist from Windsor, CT. I currently live in Austin, TX where I am working towards becoming a full time artist! I would definitely say I have a variety of different styles and concentrations in my portfolio that continues to expand as I explore my practice and learn new things. While I spend most of my time making designs, prints and apparel to sell locally or on my website, I can usually be found looking for a new canvas or wall to paint. No matter the project at hand, I’ve really begun approaching each piece with meaning and intention since joining Deeds as an Artist in Residence.
I truly loved every minute of the Deeds Not Words Artist Residency. It was such a rewarding experience, especially being a relatively new artist when I first began. I learned so much about collaborating with a team, conducting research for projects and spreading a compelling message through art.
INSTAGRAM: @catiegl.art, WEBSITE: www.catielewis.com
Every Texas Counts Mural
The mural I completed was definitely unlike any other piece I’ve created previously. While most of my art had been personal practice, the mural was meant to have impact and a call to action. My audience were groups such as students, people of color, and people who have historically been undercounted. It was created with the intention to educate them and spread awareness about the importance of the Census and why it is important to be counted. Learning to approach are in this way alongside the Deeds team has really shaped the way I now approach all of my artwork. I’m forever thankful to have been a part of such meaningful work while making some great friends along the way!
Originally, this mural was supposed to be presented at informational census events. However, with the pandemic, Deeds decided to create census webinars where they gave everyone who participated a phone wallpaper version of the mural.
Artists in Residence | Patricia Valle
My name is Patricia Valle, and I am a photographer from Elgin, TX. I am a recent graduate from St. Edward’s University’s photography and visual studies program. With photography, I strive to use my skills to bring attention to important issues. I believe photography is a powerful tool for representation and change.
INSTAGRAM: @patythetacoprincess, WEBSITE: www.patriciavalle.format.com
That being said, I am the videographer and editor for Deeds Not Words’ new web series, “Deeds Debunks”. As the artist in residence who helped create their first video on voter suppression in Texas, I learned so much about the political issues we face in Texas and how to overcome the obstacles in place that impede people from voting. Not only that, but being a part of the video reminded me how powerful our right to vote is and hope I can continue to use my camera and editing skills to bring light to the important things happening right now.