Black Lives More Than Matter Mural – Norfolk NEON District

Interview by BA Ciccolella.
Photos courtesy of Nicole Harp, Clayton Singleton, and Norfolk Public Schools.

Last July, two local Norfolk high school Fine Arts teachers, Ms. Nicole Harp of Granby and Mr. Clayton Singleton of Lake Taylor, answered an open call to artists from the Neon District Public Art Committee. Their newly completed piece, Black Lives More Than Matter, the mural on the rear of O.J. Wholesale, also home to Black-owned business Furious Styles on the second floor, is a reflection of the current cultural climate. It is also their first large project collaboration together.

Harp and Singleton are professional artists with extensive resumes, and both show an obvious passion for their creative callings. Spotlight News was lucky enough to sit down with them for an interview where we discussed (among other things) their projects (past, present, and future), their collaboration, and their ideas on how art can be used for communication and activism.

You can reach Nicole and Clayton online using the following links:

Nicole Harp:Clayton Singleton:
Website
Facebook
Instagram @EcoDogH2O
Twitter @NicoleCHarp1
Website
Facebook
Instagram @ClaytonSingletonArtist
Twitter @ClaytonCanPaint

Norfolk’s mural projects are in partnership with several long-standing and diverse neighborhood businesses, showcasing the wide range of community involvement and investment.

Hopefully we will have the opportunity to see more of Harp and Singleton’s collaborations in the future!