We had the good fortune of connecting with Alecbe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alecbe, what inspires you?
I am inspired by visions and enthusiasm. When I can clearly articulate the result of something with my senses I become laser focused on bringing it into reality. When I feel fun running through my body I am inspired to express it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My life’s work is to help others in whatever ways align with my greatest joy. That bleeds into my art of course but also into community work that I do. My art is an attempt to express the essence of humanity. I obsess over the why. The connection others will have to the pieces I create. I am proud of the growth I have witnessed through my art. Not just becoming more skilled but becoming more comfortable with my medium so that I can truly lay it all down. I got where I am today with persistence, owning my goals and speaking my truth. This applies to how I interact with myself and others. My greatest barrier has always been myself. I want the world to experience vulnerability and comfort within their authentic selves when they interact with me or my work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It would start at home. I’d take them to some of the local spots that I love. Simply Wholesome, Ackee Bamboo, Hot & Cool, Harun… they’d have options for some local black businesses. All of them have great food and drinks. To hang out we could start with Kenneth Hahn Park or if they are feeling adventurous we could go on a hike. I love hiking so I would take them to Angeles National Forest. There are so many trails so it’s hard to decide which one but I find it fascinating as an LA native how long I thought there was no real nature in LA. I’d also have to throw the beach into honorable mention. My favorites are actually north and south of LA county. I like San Diego’s beaches and Malibu’s beaches. If we’re by the Marina I’d have to take them to Sugarfish to experience their savory sushi. It melts on your tongue, it’s crazy! Leimert Park would be the spot for communal hanging and pops of culture. On most weekends there are drum circles and it is powerful. Just a few ideas for now.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people to give thanks to but the closest to home and the reason for it all would have to be my ma. She’s been the common denominator for everything I have been able to do. The support and space she has given me has allowed me to blossom.
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