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Canadian artist Lights is continuing to bridge the gap between music and visuals. With her 2017 album Skin & Earth, Lights created a comic book series that was released in conjunction with the new music. Many of the music videos from Lights’ fourth studio album included illustrations from her comic series, with the videos also featuring snippets from the apocalyptic storyline. In the visual for “Skydiving,” she showed how she created the series.
Lights has been showing off her talent for visual art beyond her comic series. In March, her performance at the 2018 JUNO Awards included a backdrop of drawings by Lights of all the female nominees at this year’s JUNOs.
Now Lights is taking her artwork to the annual NXNE Music Festival with her first-ever visual arts exhibition in downtown Toronto. The new exhibit will feature some of Lights’ illustrations from her Skin & Lights comic series, putting a focus on the incredible artwork featured in the series.
Lights says she’s hoping her new exhibit, created in partnership with Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, will inspire other young artists to follow in her footsteps and explore their creative side.
“I’ve always pursued visual art alongside music and this exhibition is proof that with hard work you can see amazing things happen,” she continued.”I hope my exhibition inspires all emerging artists to put their work out there. If you have a power—don’t hide it.”
Finding Your Power: Skin & Earth will be open to the public from June 14-16 from 12 p.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET at the Artscape Sandbox at 301 Adelaide St. W in Toronto. Lights is also scheduled to perform at NXNE on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. ET.
Watch Lights talk about her comic series with Tyrone Edwards below.