Food for Thought
Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Artist Shimae Parks
I was born in Mission hills, CA, to a loving mother and father: Albert and Annette parks. Although my family separated when I was very young my parents were still actively in my life. My mother moved to Michigan to raise me next to my loving grandmother while my father stayed in CA. I really didn’t have much of a love for Art when I was younger I really wanted to just be a kid, and play all the time. So much so that one day just playing on the monkey bars a news reporter wanted a story about me playing on the monkey bars. I couldn’t believe that they wanted a story about me! A couple days later I was in the newspaper and a few years later on my elementary science trip to MSU I was put in the newspaper again. Twice in the newspaper and I wasn’t doing anything to get in it; I tell you for a little kid I was super happy! That was my first starting period to being notice by everyone.
I’m not really sure when I first starting drawing, but as soon as I picked up a pencil I drew on every, and anything that I could get my hands on. My mother told me about my grandfather, he use to take black and white pictures and put color to them with paint. My father was also into computers, so I figured that is were I received my love for art. It wasn’t until years later where I wanted to draw all the time and someday own my own business. I still have dreams of owning it right along with my restaurant. I wanted to go to school for art but I never got the chance to finish it through. Going to school, after school nothing seemed to make me happy. I never gave up on the dreams I had but nothing made since to me. I found myself drifting away from drawing; drifting more into computers, there I felt in control over the brush. My imagination was right at my fingertips more 3d effects, more drawing then I have ever done in my life. This was a breaking point for me!
I loved computer animation and I loved food that I recently found to be more creative then computers. I thought to myself why second guess myself on what I want to do with my life and just do them all… draw, cook, sing, help people in need and most of grow a family. I have two beautiful children and a new loving husband and one day I want to leave my legacy with them.
What inspired me to create this piece? The love of food combined with, my love of art. The core of an apple is the heart of its growth without it; it would not survive. Those are the same feelings for art, there are different views for one art piece but what you make out of it that is what it is. I view it as the core to my existence, I am nothing without God, My family and the passion I have for cooking and art. I want observers to look at my art piece and find what my piece represents to them. What do you see when you look at my work? How does it make you feel? What is your core of your existence, or does my piece show you that the universe is made up of a core and everything around it is living and breathing and you are apart of it. I hope that my piece can help someone to explore his or her inner selves.