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"Veria Williams: Story and Process" by Adriana Baltazar (South LA ECF Art Centers)

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Adriana Baltazar's entry into the 2019 Raw Vision short film competition.

Artist Veria Williams lives and works in LA.

“I love my work. I even do a lot of my work at home. I did my work a long time ago. I went to Carver (high school) and I couldn’t keep up with the rest of the classes and then my mother put me in this school here.”

Veria is a bold woman at 71, she is never one to hold back her emotions, opinions, and stories. She loves to experiment with materials, filling the large work surface, often layering ink pours over brush strokes and pastel haze. Her titles reference her friends, church and religion.

“My church is across the street. All I got to do is walk out my door and across the street. And everybody know everybody at that church. I go every Sunday."

Williams is a professional artist with developmental disabilities who has been working out of the ECF Art Centers' South L.A. studio for over twenty years. She is represented by DAC Gallery, where she regularly exhibits. ECF Art Centers is an adult program of the Exceptional Children's Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities.

In this short process video, Veria Williams works and describes the subject of her mixed media artwork.

“The story of one guy. He’s walking by his self. He’s going to the store and he got no legs or nothing. He can’t walk anymore. He has to get a wheelchair to go to the store...and push his self. He’s by himself.

It’s sad because people run into him. They run right into him and they don’t even look where they’re going half the time. They don’t even say excuse me or nothing.

He went to the store to get liquor and he got drunk, by his self."

Film submission ID: 230