I’m Adreenah but everyone calls me Dreezy. I am a graphic designer, female, African American, thriving with a blood disorder called Sickle Cell Disease, anxiety, and depression. My hometown is Apalachicola, Florida which is a rural community. I graduated from the University of Florida with a dual degree in Graphic Design and Art+Technology, minor in Sociology, and I will be finishing up my Arts in Medicine Certificate this year also at UF. I have hopes to get my Masters in Art Therapy program in the future. I consider myself a Digital Storyteller, Act Activist, and Social Designer.
I use design as a catalyst to initiate real conversation, amongst real people, about real issues. Much of my work has a social justice theme. My top medium would be video and digital media. You can check out my work at www.adreenah.com I volunteered and facilitated art and story-telling workshops in UF Health Shands Hospital, juvenile detention centers, and within the community including schools. I spent this past year doing community organizing and I love it! I currently volunteer with the Sunrise Movement and I’m working on starting my own blog.
BLACK LIGHT Fall 2016, Digital Media Workshop Collaboration with Ivette De Santiago Video, 4:05 We wanted to combine a visual with words that contained personal narratives of people struggling with their identities. We used a black light because it is a device used to see things that otherwise would not be seen as people talk about subjects they would not usually discuss. We wanted to bring to light the raw emotions of what it is like living with an identity that doesn’t fit within the expected stereotypes of today’s society. Interviewing them in the dark was easier for each person to be more open about the sensitive topics. This was mainly because it was as if they were talking to themselves and as a result we were able to capture their real emotions. Eventually almost everyone lost track of what subject each color related to as they created their visual identity on their face.