|Full name:||wren selick|
|Rank:||Level 2 Labradorite (Gemstones)|
|Location:||Portland, OR, United States|
I am a 24 year old Pixel Artist based in Portland, Oregon USA.
I have been making art for as long as I can remember. My parents are both professional artists and they really nutured that in me. I have ADHD and Synethesia, which lends themselves to my perceptively unique view of reality.
My mother was an art teacher, an animator, tv and commercial producer, art history teacher and lastly a special education advocate. My father is an oscar nomanted feature film director, known for his unique style of stop motion, he worked at disney as an animator, made stop motion shorts for MTV and even a music video at one point.
I'm incredibly grateful to have been raised by two titans like them, they are both major influences in my own passion and style, however, my other inspirations are the works of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh and Pablo Lobato. Surrealism, Abstract and Modern Art have always mesmerized me, I love that everyone is able to draw their own personal conclusion and connection when viewing works in those mediums. Anime/Manga as well as Western Cartoons have also heavily influenced my style. In particular the aesthetic of Soul Eater and Billy and Mandy respectively.
I have a long history struggling with depression, self harm, suicidal ideation, gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, social withdrawal, isolation and various substance and behavioral addictions.
I have never been one to ask for attention, art is my therapy. Art is how I share my pain and growth. Art is my proof that I am alive, and one day it will be my proof that I existed at all. I humbly share my story with you all, and I hope it sparks curiosity and intrigue.
My Art Background
I am a surreal portraitist, and I have been working with pixel art since 2015. I started making portraits in early 2018 coming from exclusively low-res game sprites.
In 2020 during quarantine, I decided to branch away from my niche online forums and began posting on twitter, there I found a lovely community and began to really develop as an artist and find my own way.
By the beginning of 2022 I discovered how profoundly expressive pixel art could be for my own personal art therapy, I never looked back.
My goal with my art is to express a visual representation of my struggles with mental illness. The blurring of reality, the loss or clarity of self, the vibrancy, the confusion. The pain, the hope, the despair, the recovery.
The characters in my art are often times expressions of my own internal self image. I believe that by using a similar subject with varying themes helps me and my audience to distinguish more clearly the themes at play. My art is defined by the stylistic blocky shading, thick outlines, abstract use of dithering and vibrant palettes.
Art, for me, is a journey of self expression of what is otherwise inexpressable, thank you for participating in that journey.
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