Emerging Artists Maki Tamura & Eva Skold Westerlind

It’s surprising to see that Seattle Public Utilities are holding a half-decent emerging artist art show, but it’s happening somehow… from now until March 31st. Here are two notable artists from that show (which is actually not much of a show, I think, so much as it is a way of helping workers of the Seattle Municipal Tower a slight bit happier).

Eva Skold Westerlind makes the age-old art of nature photography look much more interesting than it usually is. Some of Westerlind’s astounding photos document views that might only last an hour or a minute, making them a true capture of a moment in time. These images from her above Anableps series capture a surprisingly varied and unique take on reflections and water. Her Melt series finds characters, dinosaurs, and shapes created by melting snow, akin to the shapes one would identify when watching cloads floating by overhead.

Maki Tamura‘s works easily inspire awe almost immediately. This piece, Birds, features painted watercolor images of birds framed by painted and carefully ornamented, multi-layered wood frames. Tamura’s eye for three-dimensional and two-dimensional design is unparalleled, and her pieces stand out as a homage to eras like the Gothic and Victorian eras, where beauty in intricacies, shapes, and patterns still made a world of difference.


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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