Issa Barte is a minimalist. She tells stories with a type of placidity that can only come off of someone who understands that art and storytelling need not always be an in-your-face type of affair. She echoes the emotions from strangers’ stories through empty spaces and simplistic line art. If you scroll through her Instagram page, you’d understand that despite her minimalistic approach, her storytelling speaks volumes.
Issa is known for her art series that feature stories from strangers. She reaches out to people online and asks them to share their innermost thoughts, which she translates into art. “Art used to be something so personal to me. But now, I’ve seen it transform from something personal to something communal,” Issa shares. She started experimenting on digital art just two years ago, but has always been an artist since she was a kid. She delved into the digital arts as a means to reconnect with the artist in her, which has taken a step back when she entered college. What started as a daily drawing challenge has since become a platform for her to visualize other people’s stories. Now, she gets thousands of submissions every time she starts a new series.
“I feel like I’m a very simple person,” she laughs when I ask how she adapted her trademark art style. “The art I make reflects who I am and what I’m feeling.” As a storyteller, her creative process revolves around how she wants to tell a particular story. Capturing the emotions of the strangers who entrust her with their stories has always been the main goal. “I want people to see themselves in my work. For me, it’s always about finding the simplest ways to tell a story.”