Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life.
As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship.
From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his equally talented wife, Alexa; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, seven of whom he painted with his unique style and use of line.
“Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys.
What’s found in my work is the tenderness of the intangible breath of life captured on paper. Each individual line is drawn simultaneously in sync with the exhale of a single meditative breath, for as long as the line stretches. Juxtaposing, short tally marks crudely mark the paper up top or below, calculating the number of lines drawn, directly correlated to and paired with the number of breaths exhausted in creating the piece. This process explores and examines closely, mortality, as breathing, one of the simplest involuntary functions certainly has a finite number to it’s quantity which is grossly overlooked and taken for granted until it is no more.
Each line is also a chronological thread, a shrunken micro-world all its own, where every event and sound that transpired during the creation of the line is essentially compressed, fastened and bonded to the fast drying ink as permanently fixed as a needle cuts a groove in a vinyl recording. Each line has a unique vibration, a natural note if you will and when looked at as a whole, it reads as a sonata, where the viewers eyes convey the sound of the piece to the ear.