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Michael Talbot, March Artist of the Month

Michael Talbot mural on Patrick Lyndon Pilot School

Michael Talbot, March Artist of the Month

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Interview with Michael as told to Gregory Jenkins

Tell us about your background and how you came to the Somerville area?

I was born and raised in Jamaica, and then came to the United States with my parents in the summer of 2012. Soon after, I began my studies at Lesley Art+Design in the spring of 2013 and found myself constantly visiting various spots within the “Camberville” net — frequenting Porter and Davis Square, as well as the Sullivan and Assembly locations. After graduating from Lesley, I began working at Hub Comics in Union Square, and stayed in the East Somerville area for a bit as well.

Who or what inspires your work?

I wouldn’t say that there is a specific thing or person that inspires me, but rather an amalgamation of a number of experiences throughout my day-to-day life. Flora and fauna, and as well as their subsequent symbolisms tend to heavily influence my work and the things I create. But also the strong desire and almost compulsion to tell stories often dictates how I approach whatever project I’m tackling. And I would be remiss if I did not mention my best friend (and art-rival) from Jamaica, Richard Nattoo, who constantly push and encourage me to strive for nothing short of greatness. These are just a few out of the many that constantly feed into my overall drive and motivation to keep doing what I do.

Your work is often in collaboration. Tell us why you like collaborations.

There’s a beauty in experiencing multiple view points and perspectives, and despite my years of experience, there is always room for growth, exploration and expansion. This is what is achieved through collaboration — a more well-rounded, well-informed, and holistic approach to any situation or project.

What are you working on now? What in the future do you hope to be working on or collaborating with whom?

I feel like my trajectory is leading my deeper into the public art realm, so I’m excited to explore that some more, connecting with wider audiences as I go. As for collaborations, I’m excited to explore a number of upcoming mural projects with my mentor, Problak, and see where that journey takes me.

What are your favorite scenes or things about Somerville?

I like the growing diversity in not just the people in Somerville but the cultures and cuisines. Everyone and everything looks so full of intrigue and stories that are just waiting to be shared with others.

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And to follow him on IG @talbotart