This week's FIT feature is illustration major, Jon Santiano. He's an extremely talented artist with lots of passion for what he does and much of his work being inspired by moments and life itself. His art is meaningful and explores many aspects life has to offer. I love his work! It truly inspires and motivates me. Here's some touching and powerful words Jon had to share about his art:
"I've been tapping into my creative side since I was a young kid, but when I was in my senior year in High School, I made a decision that I will be going to College to study the arts. It's because for me, creating "art" is something that brings out my true self. I believe that as human beings, we are here to contribute to society with what we do best, and what feels natural to us. My work is influenced by a lot of things: The female figure, nostalgic moments, human society, technology, the past, the present, the future, and psychedelics. But lately, my work is strongly influenced by altered states of consciousness. Recently, the idea of consciousness has been something that I've been genuinely interested in. Consciousness is one of the greatest mysteries of science – perhaps the greatest mystery. We all know we have it, when we think, when we dream, when we savour tastes and aromas, when we hear a great symphony, when we fall in love, and it is surely the most intimate, the most sapient, the most personal part of ourselves. Yet no one can really claim to have understood and explained it completely. There’s no doubt it’s associated with the brain in some way but the nature of that association is far from clear. In particular how do these three pounds of material stuff inside our skulls allow us to have experiences? So I decided to to explore for myself. Not long ago, I had a great spiritual experience with a few of my friends. We went to the Catskills, where we were surrounded by nature for a whole week. And in that trip, we decided to take Psilocybin Mushrooms, (Magic Mushrooms / Shrooms). It was my first time taking it, and I could say that it has changed my life drastically. It is because taking this psychedelic will make you look at life in a very different way. During this experience, I learned how to appreciate the simple things, things that we human beings take for granted. From that experience, I wake up everyday thanking whatever is out there for this great gift called life, I appreciate the fact that I'm still breathing, but most of all, I feel the need to contribute to society with spreading positivity. Psychedelics are vehicles for human potential. Yes it might be just a hallucination, but it is immensely beneficial. Or it may not be a hallucination, and we just might not have an account on what the fuck goes on in human consciousness especially during altered states. It makes me wonder why these vehicles for improvement are illegal. I believe that psychedelics are here for humans to take, to move on to the next level of consciousness, and it could elevate us away from our war like ways."
Below are four of his artworks that were inspired by his trip, as well as other of his artwork that I loved.