Alana Dee Haynes – Subtle Shapes
Alana Dee Haynes is a visual and mixed-media artist from New York City. She studied Photography and Liberal Arts and finished Fashion Institute of Technology in 2012. Alana created inspiring and exquisite imagery which expose beautifully embroidered bodies and illustrated portraits. For the past six years, she has been pushing herself to experiment and find her own artistic style. She has started with her artistic passions such as collage, drawing, beading, sculpture, silk screening, and photography to create the present portfolio of mixed media creations. Alana is regularly experimenting and looking at other artists’ work to feed her own creative insight.
Asked by deny-your-destiny
The thing is people don’t really understand what ‘legitimately enjoys a culture’ means, I mean you can ask any otaku and they think they are legitimately enjoying the culture. A lot of people, especially westerners, especially white westerners, will go to a country and make it all about them. The people, the history, the culture, become a backdrop, even if they are in their country, surrounded by the people, they find their customs, language, and their history ‘optional,’ and if the visitor gets called out on it, they do not apologize, but take it as an offense. I mean if someone travels, researches, and actively apologizes when going out of line, understands that the people who live there, are fucking people, and they are not in a fucking petting zoo, they are not on some safari tour gawking at other human beings like they are animals, then that’s one thing, but a lot of people stereotype and flatten when they travel, there is very little respect to those who live there. I don’t think if you wanna learn about another culture it’s racist, but I think people easily get confused, and too easily think whatever they are doing is ‘good’ because they never developed the skills necessary to see when they are being destructive.