Happy Full Flower Moon
It’s abundantly clear- In the era of Covid-19, nothing is certain.
Wait…Wasn’t life always uncertain, though?
The only thing that has ever been certain is, sure as shit, things are gonna change. Everything is always in a constant state of flux. Nothing stays the same for long. Maybe we just all got a little too comfy with the illusion of security for a minute. Welp…nothing like a global pandemic to strip away that veil. And what are we left with? The truth that we don’t have much time. The hard fact that we have royally fucked ourselves by horribly abusing the sacred planet that we call home. Many of use are staring our own mortality in the face right now. Is it even possible to find a silver lining in all this death and chaos? Maybe, just maybe this shadow time has something to teach us.
I’ll tell you one thing, I’m creating now more than ever. It’s not that now I have time whereas before I didn’t, or that now I have more energy. No. To be totally transparent, living with depression during a pandemic is a struggle. Every day is different. Luckily, I have the tools of yoga, meditation and art making to help me cope in healthy ways. I’ll tell you what, this forced isolation has given me the opportunity to turn inward in ways I never have and dig deeper than ever. From the manure of life sprouts new growth. What’s been sprouting up for me is lots of new art, and real, true connections with other magical souls. My sankalpa, or my life’s mission statement, is Live Artfully. I find that now, within this crisis, I am embodying that in a deeper way.
My newest series, Mandala Meditations, is very much a product of these times. It is a response to the fear of this collective shadow work that we are all knee deep in right now. Creating these pieces was a way for me to find my center when my mind became overwhelmed and chaotic. Making these repetitive marks, like a moving meditation, brought me back home to myself time and time again. The act of sharing these expressions with a world under lockdown was truly it’s own living art piece. What a profound and priceless gift. Thank you for being such an integral part of my world and for reminding me that this work matters.
Eye of Earth
Essence of Svadhisthana
Yin and Yang
I Am Whole
It’s hard to put into words what making and giving this art has meant to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Remember- you are never alone. Keep going, keep creating. May we consider that this intense and dark moment in human history is perhaps an opportunity to explore new ways of Being.
Love, love, love,
Puttin’ the finishing touches on this show! Plenum Space Gallery, this Friday, 6pm-10pm…can’t wait! In the meantime, I’m having way too much fun faming with my good friend, Addison Stonestreet. He’ll be showing for First Fridays as well, make sure you check out his work at Silver Screen Salon in the Crossroads Arts District.
Rock and roll
Just some weirdly advise from one of my favorite mythical creatures.
In a paint by numbers world, we’ve gotta remind ourselves to keep it strange at all costs.
Don’t compromise…if people think you’re crazy, chances are you’re doing good work.
Keep it real. Keep it weird…Keep it real weird.
Listen to Picasso, he’s a smart guy.
Power tools, beer, friends…this is work??
Being my own boss rules.
See the show Friday, June 6th at Plenum in downtown KC. These bad boys will have paintings in them.
Micki Hadley’s music video for Cowboy Indian Bear’s “Let It Down” was shown on the silver screen last night for the first time ever! Couldn’t be more proud of my baby. If you missed it, you also missed out on a great opportunity to see my tiny, overlooked nip slips become GIGANTIC, obvious boob shots…sucks for you! No shame.
It was shown right before one of the last showings EVER (in 35 mm!) of one of our all time favorite movies- Empire Records. KC’s own Antennas Up put the cherry on top with a live performance of our favorite songs from the soundtrack, including Rex Manning’s own “Say No More” (mon amore!). So. Good. Mills Records also contributed with a super rad pop up shop. Huge thanks to Middle of the Map for putting this all together and the Alamo Drafthouse for hosting the event. As always, thanks to YOU who came out to support local art- you keep KC alive and thriving!
DAMN THE MAN! SAVE THE EMPIRE!
You’ve seen it, you’ve heard it, you’ve loved it. Micki Hadley video production+Cowboy Indian Bear= pure gold. Now…watch this amazing piece of art in all it’s glory on the big screen! Whaaaat?
Yup. Alamo Drafthouse, this Thursday, November 14th, 7:45pm before a showing of Empire Records. This is gonna sell out quick, so get your tickets now!
Support local video production+music. These are the people who keep Kansas City art fresh and thriving. They are the reason cool shit is happening in KC! See you there!
Huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out for our Halloween show! What an amazing experience. Showed some killer art, got our fortunes told, did the time warp, ate some bomb food, monster mashed, and toped it all off with some crazy yoga madness!
Special thanks to Ashley Warner, Kate Lindholm, Kelly Cirone, Lynn Meissner and Stefani Domenico for being amazing friends and pARTners in crime. Also big thanks to our tarot deck artists- Brit Noack, Addison Stonestreet, Chris Meyeres, Ami Ayars, Victoria Gokun, Paul Mallory, Brittany Garcia, Samantha Freese and Alicia Halligan. One last shout out to Micki Hadley for our video invite- amazing as always. This thing couldn’t have been more fun to put together- I am so blessed to be a part of this thriving, energetic, creative community. Love to you all!
Me, Ashley Warner and Brit Noack- our work looks like it has always longed to hang side by side on one wall
pretty Rae in front of work by me and Ashley Warner.
Blake and Donald being epic BADASSES! couldn’t be more perfect.
Serious. Fun. It’s what we do. lovelovelove!
Tarot Glow Show is tonight! Dress up, hang out, do some yoga, bring a friend, bring some booze, get your fortune told, look at some cool art! Here’s a sneak peek from our mini show in Lawrence to get you pumped!!
The decorated space…we went all out! Super cheese 🙂
It’s gonna get weird. See you there!!!