“Take responsibility for everything you have created in this reality.” -Shrine
Brent Allen Spears, also known by Shrine, is an installation artist, painter, and muralist who has created over sixty art installs all over the world and fifty murals all over Los Angeles. He is an active artist of the festival scene as well as an Artivist–creating murals for inner city schools and creating art workshops for a school for autistic students in Africa.
Shrine shares his struggles with depression as a teenager and reveals how after surviving his near death experience, he appreciates the love and support of his grandmothers who had encouraged him to see himself as an artist and this has propelled him to redefine what is traditionally considered ugly, broken, and trashed by creating beautiful art from it.
Credits: Producer: Mingjie Zhai; Interviewer: Chas Stieglar; Editor: Hsiao Wen Chu; Associate producer: Nancy Yeang; Videographer: Jim Francesco and Fareeth John; Photographers: Jim Francesco and Nancy Yeang; Illustrator: Sirine Cherif and Tang Xiao Ming
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Part I: It’s Just Not Fair
“I had a lot of those moments, but that was the one that stands out as being kind of like, you’re either going to do this or you’re not. And it’s like, ‘why can’t you do this’? Because your grandmothers. That’s not going to change. So in that moment, it became clear to me that you can’t kill yourself. As much as you might want to? You’re going to have to stick around because it’s just not fair.” -Shrine
Part II: Constantly and Continually Changing
“Life is constantly and continually changing, faster than you can even keep track of it really.”—Shrine