Name: Alexander Tamahn
Public social media handle(s):
@alexandertamahn IG, Twitter, Facebook
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am a multidisciplinary visual artist and founding member of Black Moon, an artist collective of Tulsa-based Black contemporary artists. A transplant, I’m originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, and grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL, I’ve lived in Tulsa for about a decade.
Prior to transitioning in to visual art full time, I worked in adolescent addictions counseling. As a result, my work is informed by my personal experiences and clinical training, and often emphasizes the conflicting juxtapositions that exist in my perspective of the human experience. This typically manifests in compositions which include bright, vivid color and rich textures combined at times with complex, heavy subject matter. My favorite color is green. I have two dogs, Sketch and Gesso (GQ).
What is the story behind your poster design and what medium did you do?
I created this piece digitally. It is a result of a number of conversations and personal observations about the ambivalence I’ve recognized within myself and others as it pertains to democracy in this country. I understand and relate to the frustrations of many about our current socioeconomic climate and the myriad systemic factors exacerbating the experiences of people from marginalized communities.
Our engagement with the democratic process cannot be relegated to vitriol within our personal conversations and on social media platforms. I think sometimes, in our frustration and cynicism, we opt out, thinking our individual and collective voices don’t matter or cannot realistically augment lasting positive change. I believe silence serves to protect and preserve status quo, and if we truly want real change for the better we must name that with our vote.
Why is important for people to vote on Nov. 3?
It is important to vote on November 3rd because doing so is a key freedom that was hard won for us, and it is not a freedom others have in many countries today. We have the power to influence the way we are governed through our voting. And now, more than ever, it is imperative we engage in the democratic process through voting to change the trajectories of this Nation and her people.