This gallery installation will premiere before the opening night Burlington Discover Jazz Festival performance by Samara Joy at the Flynn on June 7.
The mural will be based on movement, futurism, surrealism, and stimulation to illustrate and capture the dynamism and energy of jazz, while shedding light on what jazz brought to the world and what it will continue to bring to the world.
It will be a piece that reflects movement and incorporates the artist’s styles to represent the movement and the sentiments it invokes while listening to jazz, that reflects the future of jazz and what it could look like to folks in the future, the surrealism of the power of jazz and its influence over us historically, and explore how jazz’s surrealism has inspired change, movement, and allowed us to feel our pain and sorrows, and turn it into gold.
Journey Through Vibe n’ Flow was commissioned by The Flynn and created by Raphaella Brice, Julio Desmont, and Liza Phillip
Desmont is a Vermont-based visual artist. Born in Haiti, Julio grew up drawing inspiration from the vibrant natural world around him and from tap-taps, the brightly decorated pickup trucks and buses used as shared taxis around the island. His paintings evoke both of these early inspirations and later influences such as Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Basquiat, and Kandinsky. This modernist artist employs deep vibrant colors, lines and shapes that are at times mesmerizing and evokes a quickening in the hearts and body of onlookers akin to a happy experience. Desmont teaches and helps develop workshops for students in grades from kindergarten through high school in partnership with local school districts and the Clemmons Family Farm. Julio is also the founder of Draw 1 Inc., a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide direct access to art and education for Haitian children.
Liza is an artist from Burlington, Vermont who paints monsters with bright colors and short phrases/messages. One important value that Liza hopes to reflect in this work is radical inclusion, creating art with the goal that as many people as it touches will feel seen in their struggles and less alone. Liza's work also focuses on self-love and our relationship with ourselves. Liza's favorite form of creation is making murals and collaborations, combining talent and allowing space for others to incorporate their work.
Raphaella “Raph” Brice is a digital artist and graphic illustrator from Bridgeport, CT. She is first-generation, Haitian-American. She began practicing digital art after taking a computer graphics class her senior year of college in 2019, and has been growing in digital art, using technological tools such as a laser cutter machine and vinyl cutter to bring her digital art to life. She describes her style as “cultural-psychedelic”—where culture meets the surrealism of her inner and outer expression of the world. She mainly draws knowledge from her Haitian-Catholic background and her experiences abroad, using exuberant color palettes to create timeless visual stories, as well as spiritual and mystical concepts to celebrate the human consciousness shift that is currently happening in the world today. The goal of her pieces is to liberate the collective black experience and honor oneness.