The graphic artist shares his love for the city, his hope for social justice through his work
Lacey Talley, 24, enjoys leaving her mark in virtually every area of ââCleveland she has visited or lived in. And she also loves when her friends leave their marks.
As a graphic designer, muralist and animator, Talley spreads love across town with her work, and she wants more artists to join her. âWe need more art lovers,â she says. “There is so much raw talent here, so many artists, and the city just doesn’t reflect that.”
Graphic designer, muralist and animator, Lacey Talley.Talley cites Atlanta – with over 1,000 murals, graffiti, and other street art in the city – as a place Cleveland should aspire to be with its public art. âOur city is quite creative and we have to have the same,â she says. âIt will bring people to Cleveland, make them want to visit and travel here. “
Growing up in the Glennville neighborhood around East 105e Street and St. Clair Avenue, Talley attended Kent State University and in 2018 received her BA in Visual Communication and Design and a minor in Pan-African Studies.
Talley traveled to Ghana and Senegal, Africa while graduating and began to develop an interest in social impact topics. This curiosity continues both in his freelance graphic design work, his art for sale, and his work on Cleveland murals.
Most recently, Talley was one of the artists who worked with Chanell and Donald Boyd on the new âStorytime (BLM)â mural in Collinwood. âI made the page with the ladies on it,â she boasts, adding that this was her second fresco.
In 2017, she was also one of the Kentish artists chosen by her teacher, the late Christopher Darling, to work on the Hough Mural Project at East 66.e Street and Hough Avenue with other students and members of Oriana House. âIt was an incredible experience,â recalls Talley. “There are 30 faces [on the mural] and each face represents a different age group, race, gender.
The mural won a silver medal from the New York Society of Illustrators.
Lacey Talley worked on the Hough Mural Project at East 66th Street and Hough Avenue with other students and members of Oriana House.Talley says the wall experiments have taught him to love the medium. âWhen you paint on a larger scale, it’s like painting on canvas, but a thousand times bigger,â she says. You work with other artists and you get a new sense of community. You learn about the people who live in the neighborhood, you learn about the people who work in the area. It’s just a great experience.
Talley says she plans to continue painting murals on social justice themes.
âI want to keep doing murals, but I want it to be on a global scale – making a traveling mural with some of my friends and traveling the world doing murals,â she says.
But she also wants to make her mark as an individual artist in Cleveland. She currently sells her work – prints, coasters, smear jars and other original pieces – online.
But she also wants to make her mark as an individual artist in Cleveland. âI want to open a small storefront in Cleveland and open a small studio in Cleveland,â says Talley. “I want a place where artists can come and sell, with a really great culture where people can be themselves, relax and unwind.”