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Tasting New Life mural on the west wall of Crimson at Easton

Tasting New Life

By Derrick Hickman
Poem by Barbara Fant

Derrick Hickman is from Columbus but lives in Lebanon, Ohio currently.  He attended school at CCAD and “knew I was going to be an artist since I was 5-years-old.”  When approached by Easton to create a piece for the new district, Hickman says he was excited because he had been wanting to translate this series of paintings into larger formats, like a mural.  The piece is a collaboration between Hickman at Barbara Fant.  Fant was commissioned to create a poem about Crimson.  Once complete, Hickman created a design that had the same rhythm, but also “a hurried, caffeinated feel.”  

“We try to create a static meaning to memories that are at a constant state of evolving, considering how it suites us at the time,” said Hickman.  “That was kind of what the work was about - this idea of self-created folklore.  The obstruction and distortion of the line work and the color modulations are meant to kind of get in the way or obstruct the viewer from getting the whole message.  They get bits and pieces of it kind of like how when you tell someone a story they walk away with their own ideas of it.”  

Hickman says it was a very fun and creative collaborative process.  The color palette was based around the textures and materials of some of the communities that Crimson works with around the world, creating a global feel.  “The combination of her words and my design all working together to kind of create a visual representation of what Crimson’s goal is – to support communities as well as a create a wonderful product.”

Tasting New Life by Barbara Fant
stories of worlds
evolve from shared hands
purpose passes through palms
coffee beans spill through fingers,
our relationship to roots,
from farmers to futures,
every purchase pours
resource into homes,
neighbors bend across
oceans, cultivating cultures,
life, a song we fall into,
with every taste
new life bursts open
in your mouth

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