004: Cultural Art, With Rising Red Lotus

004: Cultural Art, With Rising Red Lotus


Dig at the roots of identity as Michelle Khouri and Brandon Sadler share their experiences as multicultural people. Brandon is a biracial artist whose vast repertoire of art—created under the pseudonym Rising Red Lotus—features predominantly Chinese, Korean and Japanese influences. Episode 4 of The Cultured Podcast takes you deep into Michelle and Brandon’s cultural musings while unearthing how heritage can ignite a flame of inspiration.

During the conversation, Brandon and Michelle also chat about the artist’s new film, “Nothing is Sacred.” which explores existential ideas through calligraphy, movement and animal totems. Brandon stars in the 12-minute film, which he co-directed with Andrew Litten. You can watch the film below.

What are your thoughts about identity? Share your story in the comments.


About Brandon Sadler/Rising Red Lotus

Brandon Sadler (b.1986), a native ATLien, earned a BFA in Painting and Illustration from SCAD Atlanta and is a multi-disciplinary artist, calligrapher, and film director. Sadler is renowned for his public mural works and his solo and group exhibitions have brought him accolades as one of Atlanta’s most prolific artists collected by individuals as well as the High Museum of Art.

Sadler’s aesthetic interests have been informed by his involvement within American graffiti and street art cultures, which formed the beginnings of his artistic process. The influences of Japanese woodblock prints, Anime, Chinese calligraphy, and other Asian art forms have impacted his cultural perspective and greatly influenced his unique style. He also channels symbols, patterns, and narratives from indigenous cultures from his own ancestry and from around the world. The resulting imagery speaks to a universal human condition through a narrative style encrypted with symbolism, text, and decorative elements. By exploring broad themes relating to societal conditions, he exposes man’s battle with himself, society, and nature.

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Watch Brandon’s film, “Nothing is Sacred”

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