This post is from a series of deeper dives into the work of artists contributing to #TezQuakeAid. For more information on how you can support the relief efforts, click here.
Malicious Sheep, aka Sheep, is a multifaceted human being. They are a disabled and queer multidisciplinary artist, Teia community organizer, and social justice advocate. They work to remove barriers to participation, with a focus on Tezos communities, by coordinating events and education sessions about accessibility.
Sheep’s limited mobility encourages finding new vantage points in familiar surroundings. While exploring the same half-acre property, they’ve viewed documenting the surrounding nature and local wildlife as a meditation on time and study on growth, decay, and the patterns around us.
A Sheep's Journey
From a young age, Sheep has been creative, learning about woodworking and making textiles from their family, and continued to expand their repertoire of skills. Today, Sheep is self-taught across many mediums including painting, sculpture, mixed media, singing, voice acting, and performance art. They now focus primarily on photography and text-based creative outlets due to motor and mobility issues. No matter the circumstances, art always finds a way.
Over the last decade, access to traditional gallery spaces and the related art communities has been challenging, but the shift towards online communities during lockdown opened up the world for Sheep. Before the move en masse to congregating online, Sheep spent a lot of time in solitude honing skills and their craft. Tezos was a direct line to an art community Sheep could partake and thrive in.
They first found the Tezos community in October 2021 with 0.5 XTZ and minting their first artwork on Hic et Nunc (HEN). After Teia rose in HEN’s absence, Sheep continued staying involved, participating in charitable endeavors, and eventually becoming a community organizer and pillar of the Teia community. They've also minted artwork on Versum and poetry on typed.art. Sheep found a home in Web3.
With experience in charitable initiatives on Tezos, it was only natural for Sheep to helping in #TezQuakeAid. They've previously been contributors to #Tezos4Iran, #Tezos4Ukraine, #SavePakistan, and #TezosPride. Sheep credits Merchant Coppola as the person who helped get them involved in the earthquake relief efforts, eventually deciding on these four photographs for the event.
In total, there were four pieces minted with 20 editions each. They are all priced at 1 XTZ with 99.99% going to the fundraising wallet, and 0.01% of proceeds back to Sheep. All 4 items are still available on primary!
I would like to extend a personal thank you to Sheep for their contributions to the earthquake relief efforts, and the astounding amount of behind the scenes work they've done. Sheep has been paramount in helping me cover all these artworks, artist features, and event highlights over the last two weeks and I simply can't thank her enough. Sheep demonstrates the collaborative power enabled by Web3.
Join Sheep in their Twitter Space tonight, March 7th, at 9:30 PM EST / 6:30 PM PST to talk about their newest collection. Check it out if you'd like to show some support!