13 | Unbothered
Mural | Waleed Johnson | Detroit, MI
About This Installation
Few things are as compelling as looking at an image of a person and allowing yourself to experience the emotions it conveys. People are my inspiration, and thus my work consists primarily of portraiture. My work is meant to draw the viewer in, inviting them to connect simultaneously with the people in the painting as well as their own emotions.
To say the past year or so has been chaotic is an understatement. There is so much going on around us that is causing so much stress. My goal is to create a mural that inspires people to let the light within them shine despite all the negativity and darkness that is present right now. The mural consists of a woman with an unbothered look on her face surrounded by dark clouds. She has peace within the storm and is emitting a light from her that is pushing back the dark clouds. This message is always needed, but especially now.
Waleed graduated from the University of Notre Dame Dual Degree program, with a BS in Computer Engineering and a BA in Studio Art. Over the past few years, he has created several large-scale pieces of public art, including an outdoor mural in Highland Park, MI after receiving the Community heART Highland Park Grant by ArtOps in 2018. In 2020 he was commissioned to do an outdoor mural in the city of Inkster, MI as part of the new Inkster Cultural Arts District. He also created an indoor mural in the pedway of downtown Chicago in 2020 as well.
Lansing artist, Waleed Johnson was recently featured on WKAR Radio's "All Things Considered". Waleed shares a more in-depth journey into creating his original artwork featured in this year's ArtPath exhibit. Listen to the full interview on WKAR's website.
Find On The Trail - Site 13
Under the Kalamazoo Bridge
A 2020 artist created a beautiful, floral mural under this bridge which still exists today as a permanent installation of ArtPath. Look for this new art installation beside it this year.
This location is made possible in part by generous contributions from:
Becky Ten Brink