WHOLE

They tell me alchemy doesn't exist, But I took this pain And I turned it to gold; This self-loathing to wine. I learned how to transform destruction into growth How to take all these broken, chipped, Fragmented pieces And make something WHOLE.

Self Reclamation Through Ritual-in-Performance

"That which in art reminds us of our greater selves, our unexplored potentials, and our personal mysteries —however beautiful, dignified, humiliating, or painful— ultimately opens us to transpersonal realities of which we are not immediately conscious." In her fantastic article about the work of Ana Mendieta and Yoko Ono, Deborah K. Ultan explored how both …

Resting with Warriors

Shelley Niro, Resting with Warriors (detail), 2001, series of 4 woodcuts on wove paper.  Shelley Niro is a multi-diciplinary artist, and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk. She has worked in a variety of media, including beadwork, painting, photography, and film. Her work challenges stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples. "Some people …

Emotional Intelligence.

"The emotionally intelligent person knows that love is a skill, not a feeling, and will require trust, vulnerability, generosity, humor, sexual understanding, and selective resignation. The emotionally intelligent person awards themselves the time to determine what gives their working life meaning and has the confidence and tenacity to try to find an accommodation between their …

Kilim Motifs & Embroidery Patterns

Musing about visions of tapestry weavings. Perhaps revisiting fragmented childhood memories of being in spaces/places adorned with ancestral knowledge. Planning to assemble and juxtapose traditional motifs onto paper. Also interested in transferring embroidery patterns onto graph paper. With my roots planted in Western Ukraine, embroidery with geometric patterns relates to the beauty of Ukrainian nature. …