Ayin Es is a self-taught, contemporary mixed media abstract artist from Los Angeles. They are known for their unusual modern oil paintings, weird drawings, storytelling personal collages, and Artist's books. Ayin has exhibited in major galleries and universities across the United States, including Arizona, Pennsylvania, and New York, with solo shows in California, Texas, and Tennessee. They are widely collected by museums such as the Getty, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, as well as the Precision Cancer Building of San Francisco State University and many private collections. A two-time recipient of ARC Grants from the Durfee Foundation and the National Arts and Disability Center, they have also won a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, the Wynn Newhouse Award, and the Bruce Geller Memorial Award from the American Jewish University. Their work has been reviewed in Artillery, LA Times, ArtScene, LA WEEKLY, ArtLTD, Art&Cake, and WhiteHot Magazine. In response to when we could not use our reusable bags in grocery stores, Ayin found a way to re-use and re-purpose the paper bags as art. They used mixed media paint with paper, fabric, and stitching on paper bags. For more information about Ayin’s art and current shows go to: https://esart.com.
Ayin Es (they/their/them) also participated in an hour-long interview with Katharine Hayward, Project Director at the NADC, to share their experiences living during the pandemic, getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and how they found ways to create art during a time when our way of life changed. This 4-minute video is a segment from the longer interview. Ayin describes their reluctance and fear in getting the vaccine, but how that changed into relief after getting the vaccine. Take a listen to Ayin describing why they got the vaccine and how they became inspired when we entered a time where we could not use re-usable bags.