Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Unapology #4 - 2013 recap and onward to 2014


I have spent the last year and a half since leaving the MFA program in New Orleans working as a visual artist on Pirates Alley at the center of the French Quarter.  Here I am able to hang my paintings on the fence and sell to anyone walking by.  My work has been bought by people from all over the world and found its way into many happy homes.  

While my focus during my MFA program was a series of paintings of rivers I decided to put that body of work on hold until 2014 as I began creating a series of paintings of  skeletons showing off their hearts that I call my Beautiful Bodies.  As part of my transition to New Orleans I began a practice as a massage therapist and this focus on the body started to be reflected in my arts practice.  I like this series because it gives me space to contemplate the parts that we all have in common underneath our skin, our bones and our hearts.  I also feel it offers the viewer a reminder to focus on their heart and open to a deeper understanding of empathy.  For myself this practice has an undertone of connecting with my ancestors and bring their energy into my daily life.  

Its a delight to watch people walk by my display and start smiling as they connect with my work.  People tell me they enjoy the simplicity and clarity of both my designs and message.  Working outside in the middle of a heavy tourist zone can be draining and crazy but moments where my work brings both delight to people and money to my pockets make it so worth it.  

Coming up for me next year are a few exciting things.  The album I recorded during my time as an MFA, How To Heal A Broken Heart, is being released on tape through my friends tape and vinyl label Campers Rules Records (www.campersrule.com).  Im also going to start working of my river paintings, officially called Portraits of Rivers, where I will continue filling in maps of rivers with my own colorful creations in an attempt to raise awareness about the health and life of the river systems of our planet.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Upapology #3 -Filling in the blanks




I've gotten myself involved in a few artistic practices and wanted to write out my thoughts on each of them here in case anyone is curious.  


There are three projects and each has a specific hashtag I use when I post images on the internet.  


#beautifulbodies - Beautiful Bodies are “Memento Mori” (reminders of death) which teach that underneath it all we share similar infrastructure.  Each skeleton is like a little life coach offering the viewer a bit of empathic wisdom.  In my color palate black references fertility, white symbolizes eternity and red radiates life force energy.  My intention with this body of work is to honor ancestors, radiate empathy, explore a mind/body connection and to remind the viewer to embody their heart.


#portraitsofrivers - Portraits of Rivers is an offering of gratitude to the rivers of the world where I celebrate our ecological systems as an interconnected whole. This body of work expresses a fascination with journeying through a landscape as an act of self-inquiry, like going on a vision quest or pilgrimage to a sacred site.  The rivers are depicted like they are tuning forks echoing across the surface of the Earth. Responding to landscape as an artistic practice has helped me to build a deeper understanding of how I perceive the world.  


#dailymindmap - Daily mind maps are a (mostly) daily sketching practice where I take one pice of paper and an handful of sharpie makers and I put down whatever needs excavating from mind.  It's a map in that its my way of working out where I am coming from and where I am going.  I use text and image to point a way through feelings of complexity and the static of living with the intention of building up a heart based expression of my experience.   I hope that this practice inspires others to pick up their own pens and put down what is ready to be put down to lighten their loads and clarify their vision.  


Saturday, December 7, 2013

How to Heal A Broken Heart....ON CASSETTE TAPE!

Hellooooo darling internet angels,

My album, How To Heal A Broken Heart, which I recorded in 2010 is getting put out on my friends label Campers Rules Records in Brooklyn, NY which just started and is releasing music on tape and vinyl.  

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"How To Heal A Broken Heart" is a manifesto of love.
Included in this psychoacoustic mix are songs, chants and drones layered with healing metaphors and vibrations.
This album was inspired by Jenelle's year long journey through the Sound, Voice and Music Healing Certification at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Teachers from healing traditions all over the world taught how sound can be used to ground energy and cleanse our spirit. During that time she learned how to experience the kind of wild nurturing love that the human voice can radiate.
After the certification program she went through a period of retreat as she integrated the deep realignment her spiritual spine had gone through. Emerging into herself again she found she had a collection of songs written that echoed the archetypal shape of a shamanic journey through the dark night of the soul and back again into the light.
Jenelle was fortunate to be able to gather around loving friends in Brooklyn during the recording of these songs. Each friend added their own light to the project and the final product is a sonic circle of love.
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"I offer these songs back into the world as a way to share the wisdom and healing that was gifted to me. This album is dedicated to the freedom of all voices."
-Jenelle Leigh Campion, 2013