From multimedia graphics and an apparel line, to full-render painted murals, ART BISH crowdsources it all. The mastermind behind the account, Claire Bishara, is making the most out of quarantine by hosting digital festivals and continuing to build out her brand’s mission: uplifting female voices and keeping a group of diverse and eclectic women in her artwork, and on her feed.
Fierce and a badass boss woman on the outside, Bishara shares that she struggled at an early age with her identity as an artist and how to hone in on her creative abilities as a kid. She was told numerous times that she would not be successful as an artist and tried looking into other avenues, but nothing felt right.
“I felt like I was destined to not live a successful life…I kept trying to fit into different places in high school… When I went to college, it was even more of a struggle because I was like ‘I don’t like any of these subjects.’”
Eventually finding her way by blocking out negative influences and channeling her energy into her art, Bishara created ART BISH, a platform that showcases a wide range of art from photography to fashion, all with the lens of empowering creative women.
In today’s climate, Bishara has been proud of how ART BISH has managed to stay true to its mission — leveraging female artists into the spotlight.
“ART BISH for me was always about uplifting the voices of marginalized communities. Women themselves have such a hard time getting their voices heard in the art world.”
Bishara isn’t afraid to voice her opinions and express the things she’s passionate about on her account. She finds it important to break down the professional side of things and provide content that matters. Beyond breaking the glass ceiling that females experience, she is also using her platform to amplify Black artists.
According to Bishara, Black artists only make up two percent of the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) collection. Getting Black art into the limelight is a huge focal point for Bishara. Through her platform, Bishara encourages the diversification of the art viewers are seeing. Challenging the repetition seen throughout common place art galleries.
“Art is an expression of yourself and so by not showing all these different people there’s no point in seeing the same kind of art anyway.”
During quarantine, Bishara has had to adjust her schedule, but she isn’t slowing down. Tomorrow on July 23rd she is hosting a digital festival called ‘Money Moves for Art Girls’ at 5 pm Pacific Standard Time and you can sign up here. The goal of the festival is to connect smaller-scale artists with successful artists who focus on entrepreneurship and how to be a creative businesswoman.
Bishara has been able to expand her platform to make ART BISH more than just herself and has evolved it into a brand that young girls and artists can resonate with. Her biggest advice to young girls like herself who struggled with the idea of becoming an artist, is to attack it with full force: if you’re going to do something go all the way in and throw yourself into it.
“You’re going to do yourself a disservice by not fulfilling your dreams and not going all the way…I would just tell them to go for it. And if it sucks, or it’s bad, you’ll move on from it.”