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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – A young black artist returns to her hometown to present her new art collection and make her first solo artistic showcase.

Kaylin Anderson’s work titled “The essence of usis a collection that strives to show appreciation for black culture and creole lineage.

“I haven’t lived in Louisiana, and I still don’t. I think it would be better if I just started where I come from”, Kaylin Anderson, artist.

Kaylin was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she was part of the TalentED selective visual arts program in Lafayette Parish. In 2016, Kaylin moved to Georgia and is now dating Kennesaw State University, international business student. In addition to being a full-time student, Kaylin is a freelancer and open to assignments.

“I started very early in the visual arts. I was accepted into the Lafayette Parish Talented Visual Arts Program my fifth grade and then quickly moved to Georgia my 8th grade,” Anderson said.

Anderson returns to Lafayette to present his works. The showcase takes place in the Artwalk of the Month, a monthly showcase of Acadiana artistry.

“With the piece there, it was like a dream state for me, and it could be the same for another person, but it could be something completely different,” she said of of one of his paintings in the gallery.

Gallery R is located at 116 E. Congress St. Lafayette, Louisiana, next to the Y LAFAYETTE sign. Participants can visit the gallery for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“The most important thing I want people to do is explore the most creative parts of their minds,” Anderson hopes.

Kaylin’s collection, “Kaylin Anderson: The Essence of Us,” presents multimedia works, including photographs, collages, works on paper, paintings and ceramics.

Using photographs, she illustrates the story of the Tignon law, rooted Catholicism and the traditional festival. By using the self-portrait, she was able to capture the nature of her many facets. In her paintings and collages, Kaylin uses vibrant color palettes, most associated with black history, and shifts from realism to abstraction with clear intentions to illustrate the outer and inner worlds.