Project BeYouToFull is a project that celebrates authenticity. It includes a series of photos and interviews from people that inspire either me or you. We live in a world where we are confronted in every direction we turn with things/people/situations telling us who we should be or not be. In reality the more we embrace exactly who we are the more we can vulnerably pour that into what we create, the more that will resonate with other people around us. Loving ourselves FULLY and then expressing ourselves vulnerably is one of the most courageous things a person can do. This project celebrates those who do just that!
Casey Riordan Millard
"The purpose Casey's work is to create a temporary distraction from the weight of oneself. Her hope is to provide the viewer a moment of respite and wonder before their contextual experience informs their interpretation of what they see. In addition to the relief provided by their mental hiccup, She wants her viewer to spend some time investigating the process and materials of her work. She leaves evidence of her experimental engineering and problem-solving, so the viewer can feel closer to the works' function and creation."
What brings you to life and inspires you?
I get inspired when I am outside of myself through things like books, art, watching others interact or children.
What is love to you?
I want to talk about sobriety if that is okay. I found love in it's purest form at a 12 step program. I walked in there and found a group of others who are as big of a mess as I am and they embraced me for who I am, no strings attached. You somehow know you can trust them with absolutely anything. You know you are loved unconditionally without expectation. This is love to me.
What is feminism to you?
What bothers me the most is when women are perceived as weaker than men. I don't want to be considered silly or crazy because I examine things from another point of view than you do. I want to be taken seriously. For example, I don't want to be considered a "feminist artist". I don't like any type of labels when defining each of us as artists. We are each unique and that is something worth fighting for.
It also doesn't make sense to me when I run across a man whose mentality is that I need to accept things the way they are and get over it. That only benefits him.
What is beautiful to you?
I like looking at things really closely and examining their details. If you look at them close enough you can see the intricacies within those things as if you are finding other worlds.
There is something worthwhile and beautiful to find in everything and and everyone.