My name is Mariah Hicks. I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia and currently reside in Toledo, Ohio. I graduated from Kent State University in May of 2019 with my Bachelor’s in journalism with a double concentration in magazine and photography. I also received a minor in creative writing. Over the years, I have established a love for creating art through various platforms. I am passionate about telling stories and sharing them with the world. I am a self published author of a poetry collection titled “To Wilt and Bloom,” which is available for purchase on Amazon. I have contributed to various platforms such as Black Girl In Om and the body: a home for love.
What would the world be without art? That is the question that solely drives my creative flow and motivates me to produce art. Through various mediums, I capture everyday existence and connect individuals with the smallest details that make life what it is. Through photography, I not only create meaningful images, but I develop meaningful and long-lasting relationships with people and with the world around me. I create experiences. My pictures capture moments and the small winks that one would often miss or overlook. Through my work, I explore human emotion, such as beauty, pain, anxiety, and joy. I create images that capture the subtle realities of what it means to exist.
I see this art form as more than work to impress my clients. I see it as creations that expand people’s horizons and connect them with a world that may be unfamiliar to them. I capture feelings and thoughts that are often too hard or heavy to put into words. My work is heavily influenced by music, poetry, film, fine art, and color. Through what I create, all mediums of art intertwine and become one. I explore the relationships between photography, poetry, videography, and sound to interpret the words that are foreign to my tongue, the words that I cannot speak or find, but rather yet feel within my bones. Art is how we communicate. It is how we understand the languages we do not know. It is how we connect and create harmony. So as a photographer, as a visual storyteller, I use my work to do just that. I communicate. I interpret language. I connect and create a union, and in doing that, I bridge the gaps that exist within this world.