This morning I decided to work on the Art Care Packages, before doing so I logged onto facebook to check in and noticed a message from a photographer I have only recently made acquaintance with. I’d came across his work when I served as judge for the Photo Shoot Awards. I immediately connected with the way his work uses the human form to evoke emotion so I sent a facebook friend request and message. Strangely, (due to the timing) this morning he shared this video to which I played in the background as I wrote out the notes portion of the Art Care Packages. Now, I am familiar with Maya Angelou and have read her book “I Know why the Cage Bird Sings.” but have not listened to this interview. Near the end of it she talks about her mother’s passing and how Maya granted her mother the ‘permission’ to pass on. It was an unexpected turn in the conversation and overtook me with emotion. It reminded me of the last conversation I’d had with my own mother. While I was not aware of what was to come, I now see that conversation in a whole new light. This project has given me a wonderful gift of making peace with the difficult feelings around the loss of a loved one through sharing. Thank you for sharing this with me.
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Back in 2014 Selina Mayer & I took a cross country road trip from Boston MA to San Fran CA that had all sorts of adventures. Below is a link to some of the NSFW images Including some rather goofy ones I really adore. Not often that side of me is shown.
Selina M also included this excerpt in the hand made book they created. i found it to be insightful about the community and endearing as a reflection of our time together <3
“With the rise social media, a small, vibrant community has formed of (predominantly) young Americans working as freelance, traveling, often nude models for artists and photographers. They use their online presences to showcase their work and connect with others in the community, in a way that wouldn’t have been possible only a few years ago.
However, due to a recent upswing in conservative legislation in the US and elsewhere, the very channels these models utilize to support themselves and each other are becoming increasingly restrictive, putting life of the community under threat.
In the summer of 2014 I was able to gain an insider’s view into this community when full time freelance model Roarie Yum and I spent six weeks together traveling the width of the USA, from Massachusetts to California. Along the way we stayed with other models, photographers, or slept in the car at truck stops or Walmart parking lots. I got to live her life with her for a short while.
I photographed Roarie at every stop, along with other models she introduced me to and intermittent self-portraits, as well as constantly shooting for what I called my ‘road diary’; behind the scenes and candid snapshots taken throughout the trip. I shot the series entirely on film as a means to translate those transitory, ephemeral experiences into something tangible. I ended up with hundreds of rolls, with thousands of images, which over time I eventually distilled into a handmade leporello photo book.
This journey and Roarie herself became pivotal to my development as an artist, at a time in my life and artistic practice when I was still finding my feet. She pushed me into taking more risks creatively, she introduced me to a wide network of fellow artists and models, she kept reminding me to take self portraits (at one point acting as a human tripod when I’d left mine in the car after hiking off trail in a national park), and at every step she fed my creativity with her own. ”
See more of the work on her website:
I am both nervous and excited to share my experience and work with you all during this conversation. Bunny and Lior will be joining me to share their work and experiences as well as a portion of this conversation will be open to guests to share. This conversation is FREE to join, all artists and humans alike are welcome! No participation is required, it is absolutely ok to simply watch and listen. Just your presence is an honor.
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In my recent post about the Art Care Packages, I felt vulnerable sharing my feelings about my mom and what I was going through. Despite these reservations, I shared my story and the response has been incredibly touching. Folks have responded with stories of their own experiences with losing a friend or parent, folks who shared with me how long they have been following my work and what it means to them, and other well wishing encouragements.
I took a trust fall into my social media audience’s arms and have been truly gifted with the response.
To everyone who shared a story with me, to everyone who commented, to everyone who made a donation. Thank you! ♥️
Before, it was an emotionally daunting task to sort through these prints . Now, I feel lighter and ready to cross this bridge. I am so grateful to you all, for wanting to be a part of this process. I am honored to send out these care packages. ♥️