Multimedia Radiance with SunRai
A few years ago, I was introduced to Rachel “SunRai” Sims’ videography. Since then, she has established a reputation as a multimedia artist whose work has been featured throughout the Midwest.
SunRai affirms painting is “life” and her creative process begins with its little nuances. From there, she explores and sketches until she has produced allegorical pottery pieces, thought-provoking short films, or other meaningful media.
Upon my arrival to SunRai’s home, I was fascinated by the woman in this painting. The colorful scarf that adorned her head immediately captivated me, however, her poignant story evoked me even more.
After viewing a film about child soldiers in the Congo, SunRai created this Untitled piece in 2013. Sometimes the children who were abducted are rescued and undergo rehabilitation through local organizations.
In this piece, SunRai tells the tale of a former child soldier who has rescued another young soldier. The former soldier has lost her hands as a result of the mental and physical abuse suffered and is crowned with an actual scarf that was inspired by SunRai's travels to a Nigerian marketplace. In the distance, SunRai included a pillar of child soldiers that are still in need of rescue, but is hopeful that this tragedy will come to an end.
Isn't it amazing how art can illuminate much more than what we can see?