With the last winds of spring, my new series spreads its wings. After the long dark winter which took most of 20016-20018, and half of 2019 to close it's grip on my livelihood, I feel full of hope and inspiration to finally breath new life into my art practice. I am newly returned from the depths of the hellacious anguish and pain to which the life-cycle inevitably takes us all when we are forced say goodbye to our most cherished loved ones. I am here, once again, fully alive and able to create again, after what seemed like an eternity in this paralysis, which Buddhists refer to as the Bardo (or in between life and death limbo) I am returned to the living. Colors seem brighter, light is more spactacular, inspiration is boundless. Here are a few of the new things I have in progress or hot off the easel.
It's been a lot of fun transforming my artwork into home decor items, such as pillows and fabric! Stay tuned for more.
It has been a while since many of you have heard from me and I hope that you all have been having a wonderful summer and enjoying the beautiful weather and colors of the season!
I just returned to the world of the living after a harrowing series of monumental life events culminating in the existentially altering loss of my only one true parent. Loosing my mother is not an experience I could have ever imagined. My very identity, my physical and emotional life shattered into a slow motion kind of oblivion of lights suspended in time...and of course my art work was sidelined...
The year before I was supporting another family member, my own life previously thrown into chaos by my own displacement and challenged even further by my station as caregiver, over-extender extraordinaire...a few months respite to throw my whole self into my volunteer life as chair of CoCA's 2017 Art Marathon & Auction Committee, a month to recover and then the 6 months of my mother's final breaths...in the Bardo state between all states...
And, I am now released from the state between life and death, and I am now presented with the opportunity to become who I will become, now as a motherless child. As an empath, I believe I entered into my mother's Bardo in order to aid in her softer transition and now, I am presented with what some Buddhists believe is a burst of new energy for my next phase of life and art to bloom.
All around us we are seeing the dead buds and seed pods as part of the natural cycle thru life to dying and back to abundance.
The photos below here are piece that I completed this past May as I gathered moments wherever I could to create my current show, Inflorescence: The complete flower head of a plant including stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers. The delicately powerful structure of the flowers on a plant. The process of flowering as a festival is a celebration of achievement.
My lifelong fascination with the flowers of weeds, like Fennel, Salsify, Aloe, Dandelion, Queen Anne’s Lace and the great big blues of our infinite skies. This show is a celebration of the success of Nature's underdogs in all of their glory, draped in jewels and webs of golden and gems. A celebration within these hidden sanctuaries.
Life has been insane, since the beginning of the year I have been sidetracked by excruciating family life drama, that forced me to leave my board of directors position with my beloved CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art) as well as my condominium board, and my artwork was completely sidelined. Things have improved slowly and I've pushed myself as hard as I could with every single spare hour, late nights in the studio, every day, Sunday thru Sunday to get my new upcoming show completed (when is art complete?). Against so many odds, here I am! Come see the show, 5/26-6/20 in Twisp WA in the beautiful Methow Valley. Come out for a family holiday, a romantic mountain retreat or stunning golf courses, and stop by the wonderful Confluence Gallery to see the show!
The delicately powerful structure of the flowers on a plant. The process of flowering, as a festival is a celebration of achievement. The flower head of a plant, including stems, stalks, bracts, and mini flowers.
By Kalindi Kunis
It all comes my fascination with the flowers of weeds, like Fennel, Dandelion, Queen Anne’s Lace and, of course, like any artist the great big blue skies and stars of the high desert. This show is a celebration of the success of the weeds among us in all of their glory, celebrated and draped in jewels and webs of golden and gems.
Against all odds and best efforts to tramp them, these magnificent plants and ecosystems prosper and reproduce and show off their triumph in the fields upon fields of the inflorescence of their mesmerizing flowers. This show has become about the festival of the tiniest world within these all but invisible places.
The inflorescence of a flower, comprised of dozens, even hundreds, of smaller flowers within its whole…a miracle of Nature’s geometry. I’ve extended the term to express a similar abstracted concept of Inflorescence found in the stars, or sparkling lights, or in the drops of dew on a web, or the arrangement of festival lanterns in the sky. The giant dandelions, flora, skyline and landscapes in and around the Methow Valley provide the backdrop for these works.
I am so excited to be finally, once again, ready to share more of my art with you and to invite you to my upcoming Open Studio happening Friday, June 2, 2017 at Gasworks Gallery. Come by for a glass of wine, and see my works along with my good friend Sam LeRugetel's amazing ceramics!
I know it's been a long while since you've heard from me, and I hope that you are as excited as I am about my new art! Life has it's way of interfering so I am feeling very blessed to be able to continue to persevere and bring you more of the beauty I see everywhere. My art has taken on new forms and abstractions in response to the evolving aspects of my life. I've enjoyed working on a few new jeweled dandelion pieces from my core of botanicals. These abstractions follow my botanics in the repeating geometry and imperfectly perfect drops, drips, drapes and sparkles of light and matter.
I see the world in its duality, dark and despairing and light and fantastic. In the darkest darkness, light flashes ever presently. In light Nature shows her inflorescence and glitter. In the dark nights of our souls, light persists and drives us on, and in the lightness and joy of our best lives, the darkness is ever present. Through the magical lens of sight I feel I have been blessed with I seek to bring more light and beauty to the world.
I am over-run with the beauty and stunning creativity. I am so deeply grateful for my access and the ability to see, and at times create, the most stunning, breathtaking, and inspirational works of art. I am fresh off of a long art-packed weekend of volunteering for CoCA in our Partner Booth, and exploring and networking at the Seattle Art Fair and Out of Site and the surrounding galleries and Pop-up shows.
I ventured there and back several times over the long weekend and I am filled with energy and creativity. The gift of inspiration which comes to us all, through these magical worlds created in clay and on canvas, or with dozens of casters, or wax, stretched plastic, neon lights, nails, scrap metal, glass, recycled detritus, solid graphite, rock, wood, plastic, and any other manner of medium, not least of which is of course paint…and all with love and passion.
This is the stuff that changes the world with hope and connection. Where art lives, people thrive and prosper, and yet then still so much is left unseen, but by a privileged few of us. We can take time out of our work lives at our leisure, or make it part of our work lives. How do we share it out to the broader community? How do we offer our art up to the masses?
There is a kind of spontaneous optimism that happens when individual minds are exposed to the unbridled imagination of an artistic endeavor. Music and beauty lift the spirit and the heart, and I believe that collectively as artists and patrons of the arts, that we have to do more to share our world to every corner of society.
Laura Fried, Artistic Director of the Seattle Art Fair, says it beautifully in her press release, “Our goal with the program is to connect with a broad audience at a time when locals and tourists alike alight this beautiful city, and to offer encounters with contemporary art in meaningful and surprising ways.”
At this strained time in our modern history, with cultural tensions, terrorism and Trump on the rise, ignorance and fear abound. It is now when we need to take every measure to bring art programs back into schools and into hearts. I am so proud to have committed my weekend to supporting CoCA’s mission, whose core focus is to open the conversation about contemporary art, across borders and social boundaries.
Art educates, and provides solace and refuge. On both biophysical and metaphysical levels, the very essence of imagination provides measurable beneficial improvements in our brain synapses and neural networks. Thus, generating the impetus to learn and grow, and enhance our moods, and our energy and drive, and our hope.
Art is as critical to life as is freedom. Life without either is void. This is how dictatorships like Germany and Russia were able to so deeply control their people during those infamous and deadly decades which mar our collective history. They killed the artists, or banished them to Siberia, and stole the artworks (which they of course kept for their private solace). They broke the spirit of their people and were then able to easily take control for their evil and most foul business.
Art, and poetry, and literature, and dance, and music heal us all. Thank God we are not dealing with such aggressive powers and chaos of those dark times. But, something has got to give. I am grateful for my white middle class privilege, which has given me a rare gift to share for beauty and healing works for the betterment of all. If I can do more art, by golly I must do it, and my part to bring the language of art to the farthest reaches of my community.
Under the creative direction of our ED Nichole DeMent, CoCA is headlong into a highly acclaimed series of exhibitions at our PS35 Gallery, and I could not be more proud to be a part of it all. These are absolutely the right conversations to be happening right now, AND, how do we do more to generate ongoing conversations into the future?
As artists and supporters, indeed as individuals, I believe it is all of our collective responsibility to do our bit for the effort to bring beauty and imagination into the world, and to combat ignorance, fear and the resulting violence. I am so very inspired by it all this weekend down at SAF, and I feel compelled to do more to share art outside our cloistered walls. I want others to be as inspired as I feel now. Fingers cross, and gears locked in!
For now I will begin by sharing below a few of my favorite pieces from the Seattle Art Fair and neighboring Seattle area artist exhibition Out of Site (at King Street Station).
Slowly but surely, new things happening...my mandalas have opened up my creativity again and am exploring a macro abstract view of nature around me. I am super inspired (if not a bit overwhelmed) by all of the stunning works of fine art I will be sharing about from my weekend exploring the 2016 Seattle Art Fair, but for now, this post marks my commitment to get my own artwork back on track, and don't worry, more foggy socks to come!
This is a short post to apologize to my readers for my absence. My personal life is in upheaval and as such, so is my artwork. I am pushing very hard to get back into my studio and my blog. My energy and inspiration are under pressure, but I will be back! I promise!
I've been so inspired by my dear friend Annie Huntley's lovely Dotted Line Jewelry and her constant support for my work. The connections to other artists and the knowing support to push through when things feel blocked is a critical part of my creative process. Annie works next door to me and when I am struggling with my work, I knock on her door and show her my blockage, she shines light on my path and helps push me to the next levels. These two pieces I've shown details of are two of my most favorite pieces ever and I am absolutely in love with the jewelry I am hanging on my interpretive flora.
The photos in my portfolio are flat and don't allow the viewer to see the depth or the dimension of my work. I love to post these details above to show how different they become in person, at varying angles and perspective.
I always play with dimension in my work and have been enjoying a sojourn with the mandalas below, despite the fact that these patterns have been used for centuries, I love the depth that I get with the use of the different matte and metallic paints and finishes and dimensional trimmings. My studio is filling up with them and they are a joy to work with, and are a meditation on our chakral energies, which is why people are responding so positively toward them.
Both the jewels and the mandalas are bright moments in a dark time of life, of the year, and in the world. May we all be blessed with more light and joy.
I know it has been a while since my last post, but I am back at it! Life has a way of delivering new opportunities wrapped in difficult packages sometimes. And then sometimes, life just delivers inspiration clean and pure, as it did last week via the Center on Contemporary Art's (CoCA) annual 24-hour Art Marathon & Auction. Vanguard Seattle's terrific article is Sarah Cardoza's fabulously intimate guide through our event! I recently joined the Board of Directors for CoCA and on the event committee, I was able to serve some support to this remarkable group of fine artists.
I first volunteered for this event last year, as an art-walker (aka Vanna) and with set-up and breakdown on all sides of the 3-day event. This year on the Board as Marathon and Auction Artist Support, I had the opportunity to stay with and show up for the artists, and it was like getting hit by a lightening bolt (in the super-hero way). I know I can tend to get a little woowoo sometimes, but this gathering of these 22+ fine artists generated some powerful energy! The event space turned group studio space was literally buzzing with creativity. I felt it, and I kinda think that everyone there did as well (and do year after year, some of them). As an artist, it is just such a special treat to get to see the inner-workings of our peer's processes.
I was so excited to get back into my studio with all of my new energy, and get back to work on my own pieces! I'll post some glimpses soon and stay tuned for an invite to my December 4th Open studio here at Gasworks Galleries...but enough about me! Let's see some shots from this brilliant event!