A proud Instagrammer.
KC Nugent also known as “floweredcombat” on Instagram is a very unique 18 year old aspiring social media artist and photographer whose art is much different from many artists. Much of her work focuses on diversity of women and she discusses topics such as gender equality, aliens and of course, art.
“I started about the beginning of 2015 when I first got my Instagram but I got more serious about using instagram for my photography about March 2015 and more recently have used my personal account for my drawings and self portraits.”
She lives in Georgia and attends Kennesaw State University and is studying to get her Art Ed and a minor in Gender and Women’s studies, and still continues to pursue her love for art by posting her work out there for hundreds to see which can be tough.
“Putting myself out there has always been hard for me because I’ve always been a shy person but eventually I got sick of it. I started asking for help when I needed it, smiling at people I knew, and ultimately decided that I would compliment people whenever I could. I love this habit…”
She continued, “I knew that whenever someone complimented me it made my day, so making other people’s, especially girls like me who I knew probably were going through tough times, was a way that in turn made me feel better.”
KC is very comfortable showing her art to her 700 count follower base. She shows all of her followers that she to can be totally fine with how she looks, she poses with skin showing in all of her natural beauty. Many people think that if you love the way you look, you are vain and conceited, not confident and beautiful.
“Blocking out the opinions of the haters is something I have not quite conquered, but who really has? I am, and always have been, a very emotional person who really takes in what other people say and think of me. I have learned that sometimes you have to just let it roll off your skin. It is a very cliche thing to say, but it’s true, because otherwise the demons inside snatch it and use it against yourself.“
She conquers any task given easy or tough and it always seems to come out stunning.You could call her a modern Joan of Arc, claiming exactly what she wants and she knows how she can achieve it. However, like any other creative person she gets artist block, so where do her ideas blossom from?
KC had a rather different answer, “ I hate to say this, but I really have no idea. My mind is all over the place. I have only recently really gotten into my GIRLGANG series where I try to show the beauty in the diversity of women. My own brain is not really good at drawing to make a piece look exactly like someone, so instead I let my pencil and pens guide my mind into a drawing. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t, but it helps me create the diversity that I want.”
Her photographs are wonderfully shot with a thousand beautiful words encrypted in them. KC is known to paint herself and photograph countless beautiful emotions that make you wonder, why didn’t we think of that? She is also so very creative, posing in photos inspired by her favorite band, 21 Pilots.
KC added, “My biggest inspiration for the past (almost) 3 years has been the band Twenty One Pilots. The two guys of the band, Tyler and Josh, have really helped me through the tough times I’ve been in these past few years. Tyler has created some of the most beautiful and impacting lyrics I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. I just recently got to see them live in concert and it really was the best night of my life. One of the hard parts of that is trying to describe their music. All I can say is their music is real and saves souls. I know it did mine and I’m not sure where I would be without them. Ultimately, music is one of my biggest inspirations.”
Twenty One Pilots is just one of many inspirations of hers, others include strong female women. Being a women in the 21st century is tough especially at school. Girls have a lot of pressure being put on them every day, beginning with what they wear.
KC voices her opinions on such topics and she shared her thoughts with me,”The dress code system in our country is a very messed up thing I believe. I understand where schools are coming from when they don’t want people to be almost naked at a place where people are supposed to be learning, but it’s a big problem for me when schools put their male students education over the female students. I have read and heard of many girls that either had to miss class or be sent home because they were wearing clothes that the administration thought was improper and would ‘distract the boys from learning.’ The fact that a girls shoulder or lower thigh might ‘distract’ a boy from learning is a problem in our school is discrimination because it is sexualizing these teenage girls’ bodies, when instead of the girls being punished, the boys should be taught to not do this to these young women, control themselves, and get to learning like they are supposed to. The original reasons behind dress code in schools have been lost and instead are used to restrict the teenage girls that are trying to learn. Overall, the system is broken and needs to be fixed, not the body parts that women were given and are known to have.”
We can all take something from KC’s words. She has a beautiful mind and is confident in her work. Remember to be confident in yourself even when you are feeling low. Take a look at KC’s work and it might make you feel a bit more inspired.
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