Street artist Michael Aaron Williams does not limit himself to only the streets. The world is his canvas, and lately he has been creating unique art on ledger paper using mostly coffee as his ink. With this strange combination, the artist is able to create what he calls “visual poetry.”
“My art is a narrative, visual poetry, making a social statement to move the viewer to action or realization,” he says. “Most of my paintings in recent years have focused on using coffee and ink on antique ledger paper to create ethereal portraits that reveal the ephemeral nature of people and society.”
The ledger paper that Michael uses often comes from a rural Appalachian store. The pieces of paper have not been used since the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. The coffee is then used in different concentrations and amounts using a normal paintbrush as his control. The only time Michael uses ink is when there are really dark shades that even coffee can’t render.
“Much of the subject matter and themes revolve around my connection with my Appalachian heritage,” he explains of his style and chosen medium. “The paper has an immense amount of character that can only come from the wears of time and the coffee just melts into the history of the paper.”
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