A 17-year-old visual artist from New York, Diana Sinclair was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in NFTs by Fortune. Sinclair was invited to TIMEPieces by Justin Aversano and Nicole Buffett.


Artist Statement

Title: Generational Healing

Building a better future is a generational process that includes many sacrifices and healing along the way. When talking about the future, especially in the digital spaces I’ve been inhabiting recently, many people discuss a utopia that will be unattainable to most, but especially those weighted with their lineage’s trauma, created by systemic oppression.

As a young Black American trying to embrace the new incoming era through crypto and the metaverse, I am still conscious of the generational trauma carried by people like me, and how that could affect our ability to fully partake. The animation in on this piece is made to abstractly represent what burdens we’ve had to carry, and the future we’d like to see ourselves in. The over-sexualization of Black women for profit, the forced consciousness on Black children, and other adversities passed down throughout the years all have heavily affected our generations, however, as seen through the transfer of the halo in this piece, we can heal ourselves and our future generations so that we might see a brighter future.

Embracing this increasingly virtual era has led me to meld and overlap many different techniques in my work. Many of them digital, some analog. Often that exploration encourages me to make experimental, multimedia, layered pieces. This video artwork is layered with digital rotoscoping, and a random effects generator.


About the Artist

Diana Sinclair is a 17-year-old visual artist and curator working in the New York City area. In November 2020, she was selected as a 2021 YoungArts National Finalist in Photography, and since then has been exploring experimental video art and multimedia layering. She has had her artwork shown in numerous exhibits all over the world and herself became one of the youngest curators within the NFT space through solely curating The Digital Diaspora show in June. In July this year she was selected for Fortune’s “NFTy 50: The 50 most influential people in NFTs”. As a young person surrounded by tech, Diana believes that the next renaissance will grow from the intersection of art and technology, and is passionate about creating work that embraces this evolution.

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