Mikayla Mackaness


Mikayla Mackaness is a lover of words and images. Currently, besides involving herself with these passions, she part-time teaches Photography at the Arts Institute of Charleston. I met her several years ago at a music show and somehow, managed to stay in touch after all these years! Thanks Mikayla for your time! 1. Who are you and what do you do? The daughter to Mamma Mia and Daddy, a sister to two incredible women,Your-Kayla. Hopefully, I live every season of my Life in absoluteLove, as an instructor, a humanitarian worker, a poet, a Light seeker,a student… and your friend. 2. Where do you live? Does where you live inspire you? I currently reside in Charleston, South Carolina. Everyone inspiresme. Literally. And here, yes. It’s amazing, because I am sad over somecultural events here and elated at what is happening in this city aswell. This is a culture filled with subcultures and tensions andfreedom. Being near close friends here and meeting new people withdreams and drives and days, has given me an indescribable hope in thisseason. 3. Of all the places you’ve been, what has been the most creative for you? Why? [If you cannot narrow it down, then give me the top 3]. Top three? Seriously 😉 I could just say: my bed, my shower, andoutside 😉 Okay, I. My birthplace: Montserrat, West Indies: there issomething to seeing a space in this world yearly; something to feelingthe transition of a nation so gorgeous. It’s like when you see afriend’s baby every month instead of everyday, wow do we notice themove 😉 II. Anyone’s home, that intimacy inspires me gigantically.III. Somewhere wherefore a culture pushes and pulls me, straining thebody to breathe just to find and be found within: Manhattan, Sydney,Roseau, Montreal, Ventura, Chichiriviche… (oops). 4. When did you notice your creative/artistic leanings? Wow, I have no idea how to answer this… Okay, I think that the onlyway I can answer this is to say that one of the most important waysbecame to me, when I was little, to be able to share: how to expresswhat we are feeling, what we are doing, how we are being together orseparated. How to word this, how to visually share this; I want tofeel you, I want you to feel me. I suppose I noticed I craved this thefirst time a friend moved off island and I thought, how to reach themnow? 5. Who/What influences your creativity? Life and finding or being found within. You. 6. What project[s] is/are next on your creative calendar? I’d like to bring a group of people to Montserrat (again) this summerto teach within the Summer Youth Programme...

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