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1 Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose by Mike Ruiz & Alison Hernon featuring Rose Mcgowan 2 Passionate Heart by Leon Fernando & Pablo Mosquera featuring Erika Velez 3 Ascension by DeAndre DaCosta & Paco Lampecinado featuring Dawn 4 Luke James by JD Barnes, Paco Lampecinado & Vera Ulisko featuring Luke James 5 Lâ€™artiste by Yuanyi Zhang featuring Paulo Goude 6 Mood by Leon Fernando & Maxime Ephritikhine 7 Queen of Light by David White & Cynthia Altoriso featuring Nana Ghana 8 Sacred Land by Harold Julian 9 Melie by JD Barnes & Paco Lampecinado featuring Melie Tiacoh 10 No Excuses by JD Barnes, Paco Lampecinado & Vera Ulisko featuring Ro James 11 Picture Within by Patrick Ibanez 12 Communion by Xavier Ancarno featuring Yuanyi Zhang 13 My City My Family by Andre Schneider & Bianca PerdigĂŁo 14 More by Sarah Kjelleren featuring Mereba 15 The Chameleon by David White, Cynthia Altoriso & Vera Ulisko featuring Alyson Cambridge 16 Ready to Rumble by Harold Julian, Yachi Gaut & Paco Lampecinado featuring Shaya Ali 17 Natural Calling by Ron Contarsy & Ani Hovhannisyan 18 Shiny Creature by Saloni Agarwal & Jonzu Jones
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Actresses and activists Rose McGowan and Erika Velez round out our cover stories with insightful interviews and photos so hot you could fry an egg on them. In addition, director and actor Nana Ghana shares the light of her illuminated life and the amazing vocal range talent Alyson Cambridge introduces us to her wonderfully complex characters. Photographer Matt Licari takes us way out in the country with his fashion and lifestyle story to (at least emotionally) escape the city heat. If you wish to get even further away, photographer Julian Harold takes us to the areas in Hawaii which are seemingly untouched by mankind.
This digital issue is filled with a magnificent virtual garden of talent and creativity, many features of which were tended with love and care by our Guest Editor and Creative Director Paco Lampecinado. He brought his heart, passion, vision and creative eye, along with a host of talent, including covers with artists Luke James and Dawn, and stories with artists like Ro James, Mereba, Bambaata Marley, Paulo Goude, Patrick-Ibanez, to name a few.
It seems fitting, that at this time of the year, when the warmth and moisture are intoxicating, dizzying... flora is displaying riotous growth and color, and the power and majesty of summer storms are all in play that SPIRIT & FLESH would decide to publish itâ€™s first full digital issue, IN BLOOM.
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ROSE is a rose is a rose is a rose Artist & Actress
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We had no idea that you were born in Tuscany! I was born in beautiful Tuscany. My parents went to start a commune there and I lived in Europe until I was sent to America at age nine. Our life is often affected by our childhood experiences; does this hold true for you? My childhood taught me to see things in a beautiful, colorful way. I learned from an early age that life would be difficult and at times scary, but that with strength I could overcome anything. What kind of schooling did you have? My schooling was peripatetic and occasional. My favorite subjects were English and history. I love reading and traveling through time through books. How and when did you become interested in acting? I was an extra in a movie when I was fourteen; five years later I was discovered in Los Angeles and starred in my first movie, The Doom Generation. In hindsight, how did your expectations about the entertainment business and acting measure up to your actual experience? I didn’t expect it to be as intense and as challenging as it turned out to be, but there is no way I could’ve known what it would be like. You only know once you’re in Hollywood what Hollywood is really like. Does acting still spark your interest and enthusiasm, or do other things excite you more now? Acting was always a day job for me. Currently I’m launching my one woman show, Planet 9, in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Fringe Festival in August. I’m super excited to debut my album and the visuals that I’ve been working on for the past four years. It’s an incredible project. Would you call yourself a willing or accidental activist, meaning, would you be involved in the causes that you are involved in if you hadn’t had the experiences you did? I grew up fighting for LGBTQ rights. I have always been a voice for those who’ve had their rights infringed upon. I’ve always fought against oppression of any kind and against abuse of power, so I suppose what I do is a natural extension of that.
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My childhood taught me to see things in a beautiful, colorful way. I learned from an early age that life would be difficult and at times scary, but that with strength I could overcome anything.
Do you think we are any closer to solving the problem of male privilege and abuse or do you think that there is still a long battle ahead of us? I think it’s both. We have come a really long way and we still have a long way to go. Please tell us about your support for LGBT causes, and the origins of your support? I was a homeless 13 year old taken in by two trans women and I saw early on the hate directed at these beautiful beings. The queer community is always who I championed. I used to do volunteer counseling with homeless trans teens at the Covenant House in LA. I just couldn’t stand seeing the people I loved be told they were nothing because I knew they were everything. You are a symbol of resistance to many; you stood up when it would have been easier to remain silent. Is there anything which you are now particularly proud of? I’m proud to have helped give a voice to the voiceless. I am merely a representative. What projects are you presently working on? Planet 9! When I was ten I created and wrote about being on my own planet which I named Planet 9. Five years ago astronomers found Planet 9. I set about making songs for this planet and can’t wait to share them with the world!
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I was a homeless thirteen year old taken in by two trans women and I saw early on the hate directed at these beautiful beings.
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Erika Velez has always been guided by two things:
a passionate heart and a clear vision in her craft and life
Interview by Leon Fernando
What is your first memory of becoming an actress? When I was a child I was obsessed with movies, but I never imagined I would turn to acting, I was elected beauty queen of my city at 17, right away I made a photoshoot because of it. Those photos were seen by TV producers and they invited me to do a casting even though I had never tried acting before. I was picked for the role and everything started from there. What do you aspire to in your career? New challenges, having the pleasure of working in different countries, challenging myself into new characters that are totally different from the ones Iâ€™ve done so far. What defines you? My passion about what I do and finding a way to solve any obstacles. There is something that you find indispensable? My identity, and never losing sight of the things I believe in, the things that I fight for. What are differences between performing on a film set and on the stage of a theater? Itâ€™s a whole different world, for me at least. In a live performance you have a constant adrenaline flow, each performance is different, and the audience differs every time. You must have this sense of partnership with your colleagues, because on TV you can edit a lot, but not at a live performance.
You’re are active in supporting minority groups like LGBTQ community, why is that important to you? I believe 100% in equality, opportunities and not having second class citizens. It’s sad how equal rights are still hard to achieve in some countries. What it’s your point of view about social media and what impact it has on your career? Social media is the bridge between an artist and their audience. It allows interact with people, share with them your daily achievements and struggles and even casual moments of their life. It also has the other side where people can put themselves in a judgmental position and bully others with hurtful opinions. What’s your source of inspiration? Strong, empowered and kind women. Heros like Joan of Arc definitely have a soft spot in my heart. Revolutionary, strong women were seen as crazy through history. Even now, there is something about a free and strong woman that stills bothers society, even other women.
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Dawn has a simple plan:
stay focused & keep rising
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Interview by Paco Lampecinado
How was it growing up in New Orleans? It was a community of culture and love. We didn’t have much but we worked hard and we played hard. Your father Frank Richard is the former lead vocalist and percussionist of popular soul/funk band Chocolate Milk. Your mother had a prestigious dance school. How did your parents inspire and shape the artist you are today? They prepared me for everything that has come my way. They were artists in every sense of the word but they also instilled the education and need for knowledge to go with your art. Education was the front runner in my household. When I was in academia, I realized I wanted to follow my father’s footsteps with a career in music. My mom taught me how to be an entrepreneur. She built her dancing school from scratch and grew in into one of the most prestigious schools in New Orleans before Katrina took it. You started making music professionally in your early teens, your first album “Been A While” was co-produced by great producers, like Ne-Yo, how were those early years? It was new waters for me. I was doing pop music in a time where rap was more popular in New Orleans. I wanted to show that there was more coming from the city than just bounce and rap. I wanted to earn my place with the great artists that came from Nola. It was my opportunity to do that with my first album. I had just turned 16. Katrina was an historic natural disaster. What have you learned from that experience? To leave when they tell you to leave, to evacuate. I don’t take warnings lightly anymore. I will forever remember what that storm did to my family and our lives. Your introduction to the national and international scene was interesting to say the least: MTB, Danity Kane, Diddy’s Dirty Money; how were those years for you creatively, personally and emotionally? What have you learned? That was some of the best music I’ve made. To collaborate with such incredible people, to work with Grace Jones. I just adore her. It also thought me to demand respect. Being around so many men you have to make sure you always set lines and boundaries for yourself. I did that early and it really kept me away from the bullshit. It was about the art for me. I loved the art we were making.
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You’ve experienced sexual abuse, would you mind to share? I was told so much that I was ugly, I believed that I needed validation from a boy to feel beautiful. Never give toxicity the keys to your temple. It took me a long time to not blame myself. Verbal and emotional abuse are the accessories to sexual abuse. Music and Art saved me. I told my story through lyrics. Through paint. And took it day by day. I learned to fall in love with myself. I’ve learned that self love is the best gift you can give yourself. I surround myself with great people that share my same vision and dreams. I don’t see myself as a survivor. We are warriors. There’s been this conversation going on about the duality between womanhood and manhood, do you think women and men are inherently different? I think each journey is different. I don’t see boy or girl. I see roads. We all have paths to take. Some are harder than others. That’s life. What has been your personal experiences as it relates to men in power and in executive positions? I tend to be a lot for men in power cause my dick is bigger than theirs. They get over it because the work speaks for itself. To me your star started shining brightest when you journeyed into your creative indie solo career starting with a very well executed and crafted trilogy: GoldenHeart, BlackHeart and RedemptionHeart with big, bold creative statements, deep contents and high-quality singing and production. Can you tell us a bit about your state of mind and the creative process behind each of the pieces of the trilogy? Growth. The process of human growth. How you go through life in stages and learn from those stages. Evolution in song form. You’ve been very consistent throughout the years, how do you keep yourself strong, motivated focused on the art? It’s my passion. It’s my sanity. It heals me. It’s actually harder to not be focused. It’s air for me. I never did this for recognition. I do it to connect with people like me. To create a space for those who felt like me, loved liked me, cried like me, saw like me. Where do you pull inspirations from? Books, paintings, contemporary art, digital concepts, robotics, travel..
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Do you think you being a black woman has something to do with you having to work twice as hard? It’s just a fact. We have to. We are the influence of most things in culture but are rewarded last. Society loves the idea of black woman but not the actual black woman, so we constantly need to prove ourselves. What are the biggest challenges you have to deal with? I’ve learned that obstacles are hardships that lead to blessings. I’m a black woman that’s ignored genres for years, with no label or team in the music industry. That an obstacle. But I’ve developed a knack for breaking down barriers. Rejection doesn’t even phase me anymore. I’ve learned to pivot. “No” to me just means not yet. (Laughs) You seem to focus on the bigger picture. You reunited with Danity Kane after a public and emotional fall out. You have been very vocal that you girls are very different. What is the bigger picture? Sisterhood. That’s the goal. We can all be different and still work together. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Sisters can come from different lives and make it work. That matters. We need to see more unity. This year you released the dynamic NewBreed album, signaling a new era in your progression as an artist, sounds like coming back home. Do you think it is necessary to look back in order to move forward? I think heritage is important. Lineage. New Breed was the album I’ve always wanted to make. I got to connect with my roots. The Carnival Indians. I wanted to expose people to the New Orleans I’ve grew up in, known and loved. Do you have a spiritual regimen, if so what is it? I’m very spiritual. God has been so good to me. I go to church quite often. Different ones, actually. Synagogues, temples, catholic and baptist churches, yoga (kundalini) classes. I appreciate places of worship. I love feeling God everywhere. What do you wish to accomplish with your art? I want to heal. I want to move people. I want them to feel their authentic selves when they experience my work. What’s next for Dawn? Ascension..
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LUKE JAMES Born in New Orleans, the singer and actor takes the lessons he learned there to the rest of the world.
Interview Paco Lampecinado How was it growing up in New Orleans? It was cool. It’s a melting pot for creativity, for sure. A soulful place, you just can’t help but to feel that. It stays within you, you know, and you take that around the world. I think that’s what makes people from New Orleans so unique in every way. New Orleans is also hard because of its social system and the way the economy works, but it forces people to find another outlet for joy and I think that’s why people from New Orleans are so creative, be that in music, performing arts, culinary arts or visual arts. It’s a melting pot for creativity and because of such pressure it breeds nothing but diamonds. Yeah, growing in New Orleans was cool! Your love and closeness to your mother is evident, how was it being raised by a single mother? It was cool, you know… My mom was strict, she got the old school vibe, so a lot of things other kids would get away with
wasn’t happening in our house (chuckles). I am the only child, so I was all she had to worry about. She was strict but also a very creative, imaginative, joyful woman and she just poured that energy into me, regardless of what was going on, regardless if she was struggling to make ends meet. She always shielded me from all that. Anything you care to share about your father? I’ve had several father figures. My grandfather was a huge father figure to me, I grew up calling him “daddy” because my mom called him daddy and I thought that was his name (laughs). When I got a little older and realized his name was “Luke” (laughs) I remember being like ’no, that’s my name’ (laughs)! So, I found out that I’m named after my grandfather, which is cool… but yeah, I didn’t grew up with a father, but I had father figures. When there was something my mom didn’t quite understand, you know, trying to raise a child into a young man, I had a lot of great men to look up to, to help keep me in line. Mr. Guy Charleville one of my favorite teachers, Mr. James Carey from church, who used to mentor children from different parts of the city, and once a year take us to this place called “Kids Across America” in St. Louis where kids who may be dealing with some things at home just needed an outlet. Mr. James Carey was one of those people who was helping kids to see the world differently, he was doing that for kids in New Orleans, he did that for me! How was it being raised as the only child and how did it shape the man and artist you are today? I feel like I’m still growing so it’s been pretty cool (laughs). And yes, you know being by myself had naturally forced me to creatively find alternatives to siblings. Music was my second best friend, my mother being my first. I was a wild child, I guess I still am. I would also say that growing up in solitude helps me now in life to be alone and not be afraid to be alone. Alone with my own thoughts, to check my energy and my mindset. It helped me to walk to my own tune, you know, be myself, and I’m grateful for that. When and how did your love affair with music start? Well, my mom inspired that love for sure. We always had a piano in the house, which she played for me, and she had a
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beautiful collection of music. Vinyls, a whole closet full of vinyls, I remember this! And then Katrina happened and all that got wiped away. Donny Hathaway changed my life, Marvin Gaye changed my life, we used to listen to country, there was so much music in the house. My moms also gave me jazz, blues, funk, gospel, rock, soul, took me to church to really see what music did to people, with chords and chord changes, how it moved. As an only child you know, you spend a lot of time by yourself, you spend a lot of time analyzing a lot of things, and in church that’s what I did: I analyzed. I use to just watch people be moved by music, by the spirit that’s in music, or what music does to their spirits, and all that influenced me tremendously! You know, to see someone be so moved to break down and cry, thru chords, just some chords, or even some words, or even just the conviction in someone’s voice regardless of the skill, the pain, the honesty. That fueled my pursuit to want to create my own art, my own music to move people. “Whisper’s In the Dark” to me is a classic, please tell us about the inspirations and process behind the album/ep? Spike Lee’s film “Mo Better Blues” inspired that album, it’s one of my favorite’s movies. My mom loved Denzel and Spike Lee’s films, so that was a consistent thing we had in the house. It was such a big part of my life, I couldn’t help but use it an inspiration because I really related to it and I wanted to do something I liked, something that was for me and not to think about a label or radio or whatever, but just do something I personally liked! And that’s the beauty of the project. You play the harmonica and piano, I find this rather RAD! Which other instruments are you fluent in and do you plan to play instruments more frequently at your live shows? Well, saxophone is my second instrument, second to my voice, and to be fair I am not completely fluent in other instruments that I’ve picked up, but I feel them and am not afraid to try and express myself through them. I learned a long time ago that it’s okay to mess up. I mean that’s how you get to the greatness, no fear! Right? Just jump out there! If you look at the history of the greatest musicians, not trying to equate myself to them, it’s simply an observation, none of them were classically trained
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really. They picked up an instrument, randomly, and just let the spirit move them in to finding how to play. I am a student of the art and if there’s an instrument in front of me and I think I can play it, I’m going to try it. What inspires you? Life! In totality, all the way around! Up and down, thru and thru: life! The full spectrum, not just my own, but all life forms, you know, the trees, the birds, the people, the animals, the insects, the water, the sky, the clouds, I mean everything! I’m moved by life, I’m moved by God! Life is an endless inspirational ocean What makes you angry? Hate! Deliberate belligerent rapid ignorance. It takes so much effort to hate... And it doesn’t take nothing to love, I mean its such an uplifting feeling. I am so grateful that I was with my mom growing up, that I didn’t lose my child-like joy, it’s still in me, that child, that kid that could play with anybody, wanted to share with everybody, wanted to be around everyone, experience everything – it’s still there! I nurture it within me and I feel like people need to really own it and take it seriously. To watch someone waste their life away being hateful is tragic. You’ve been giving a gift to love! I feel sorry for those people, because they can’t really see art, you know, they can’t really see God, and that’s sad. You are very vocal on your social media platforms when it comes to social and political issues, what are your thoughts on where we are as a society right now? I think there are two sides, you know, there’s the progressive, loved-filled, open, non-selfish side of humanity right now and then there’s the primitive, highly selfish, self absorbed, hateful, judgmental side. I think the change into the positive is really shaking the world, but the negatives are not going to make it easy for us to create the world we suppose to have: a loving world, a world that cares about the earth, a world that cares about every man, woman and child, every animal, a world that cares about maintaining a fluid joy, a joy that’s for everyone. Yeah man, it’s a battle right now.
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What could help to empower people to affect positive change in the world? If you can’t feel what’s happening in the world you need to check yourself, you need to jump outside of yourself and look at someone else’s life, aside from your own. We all need to help each other by any means necessary, you know. Project positive energy out to the world, in whatever you do in your life. I mean just simple thing of walking outside and saying hello to strangers and breaking the ice with people and, you know, using your platform, your social media to enlighten people. Any little thing helps and matters, whether it’s sharing something, putting something up for discussion, or even just for other people to see it so they can have their own interpretation. I think it takes people to just open themselves up, you know, to project positive energy, be a big enough light of self love and then go from there. What do you stand for as an artist? I stand for pure love, that’s it. I think love is all, truly. And I think with love comes understanding, comes graciousness, comes empathy. You’ve been doing a lot of acting for the past few years. Please tell us about your experience and how did it expand your vision on what is possible for you creatively? It’s been great, it told me more about story telling, how to express myself, not just musically but physically. It just opened another part of my brain creatively and fueled me musically. Playing different characters helps me to understand people. When I create music I use the things that I’ve been taught, that I’ve learned while I’ve been pursuing this art form. I’ve always thought that you would be great playing Marvin Gaye or Luther Vandross, can we make that happen? (Laughs) I guess time will tell! I’m here and open to telling anyone’s story if it’s right for me and if someone feels that I am ready to do so. I’m looking forward to just telling stories. I’m enjoying this and I want to keep doing this. This is my life, this is my career, and this is one of the things I want to leave this world with.
What kind of roles would you love to play in the future? I want do some romances and things that have a lot of drama... Real stories, true stories... I’m just open to do whatever is going to move the culture forward and whatever is going to challenge me, challenge my ability to feel and to be present. There’s been whispers of an upcoming, most anticipated album; anything you can share with us about the vibes and content we could expect? Yeah, I’ve been working on some projects that I’ll be releasing very soon. I’m just exploring my creative musical juices since diving into a new art form and taking the time to develop who I am as a human being. I’ve been pouring that into the music that I’ve been creating over the past four or five years, so yeah... Expect to be loved.
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PAULO GOUDE, son of the iconic
duo Grace Jones and Jean-Paul Goude creates to the beat of his own drum.
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My name Nana Ghana. I was born in the mountains of the Ashanti Region in Ghana, Jueben. My name means Royalty, the King or Queen are referred to as Nana. I am a light. I illuminate, I am a giver of warmth, direction and joy!
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I work as an actress, writer, director. My first narrative short film Water Warrior premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and my last short Electing explores grief and police brutality and premiered at the Oregon short film festival for BEST Director in 2018. My work in some form is an exploration of me in a state of myself through the state of the world. As an actor I am really inspired by intuition and the art of listening. I have been lucky to have such an amazing bountiful life full of experiences from Ghana to America to pull and write from. I want to continue to work as an artist, sharpening and mastering myself
and my craft, earn an abundant living, support my family and friends and be of service to my country and the world.
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MELIE Victoria’s Secret and Dior model Melie Tiacoh is also a humanitarian at heart. The French born, Abidjan-raised super woman is a model of intelligence, beauty and purpose. Melie is the ambassador of the Kalou Foundation in Cote d’Ivoire, founded by former Chelsea soccer player Salomon Kalou. They organize events for orphans and also raise money for the construction and rehabilitation of schools and hospitals. Melie is very connected to Cote d’Ivoire and intent on investing more time and effort in the African country.
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Born in Germany, you lived all over the map, and I to be leaders. To have our own s how was it having a nomadic lifestyle as a kid? be ourselves. Don’t depend on no one an trust no one. Being military kids we wante My father was in the military. When we left Stuttgart, accepted as we’d go to these new school Germany we moved to California for a couple most of the kids grew up together, and h years. As a little kid it I enjoyed living in new places come, the newbies. Popular for being n but as I got older it started to affect me. I’d make hated for it at the same time, so being ou friends and move two years later. It taught me that and not seeking acceptance was her adv people come and go, enjoy the time you have and that carried over into my adult life. hold on to the memories. I find it very interesting that your fath As an adult it made me value true friendships military man turned preacher, can you and let people go at the same time. As an artist about that and how it shaped you? it gave me perspective musically, so when it comes to music I have no boundaries. I am Ha. A military man turned preacher w influenced by country, rock, gospel, hip hop, was still a drill Sargent. It was... interest reggae and R&B. It also taught me how to be didn’t always get along. I’m growing up to fluid in any room and gave me the ability to man I’m supposed to be, a man in my ow connect with all types of people. He was about control, very strict and th church into it. I missed out on a lot of th You proclaim Panama as your homeland. a kid. I couldn’t go to school dances, co My family is Panamanian. Panama to me is a mix movies, theaters, couldn’t listen to anyth of Spanish and West Indian. It’s a beautiful country Gospel. So I rebelled a lot! He only let u with beautiful people, but there is a lot of poverty to what he felt he wanted us to listen to out there. I just visited recently and I thought to Hathaway, Stevie Wonder... which I will sa myself it’s just wild that they still live like this in all shaped me. He taught me discipline, s this day and age. Honestly I’m still learning things to be tough, the understanding of great about Panama so I can’t speak profoundly on the vocals, instrumentation, soul, feeling em country, but I want to know everything about my We have a great relationship nowadays. heritage and background and plan on going there wasn’t there so he was just learning how father on his own, how to provide and allo for a couple months just to absorb the culture. have all the things he didn’t have. He was Could you tell us a bit about your mother? and just wanted a better life for his family. My mom is a Queen, a hustler, a provider, a lover, God fearing, a people person but very no nonsense and straight to the point. I see a lot of her in me. And my mom is a shopper! She loves to shop and that rubbed off on me too. When I was young she used to scoff at being a follower and would constantly encourage my brother
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s admired her and Prince as well. Super an. Famous for something was the goal uly discovered my gift and oddly enough about being famous anymore but being ed as an artist. I was 18 when I made cial choice and 19 when I wrote my first y cousin Billy used to record me. I was so had a voice but no control. I thought runs voice. I really started to study the greats sorb what discipline that took. It’s been a , peaks n valleys, but a beautiful one.
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glad she chose me. Her little soul. She’s me unconditional love and patience. She’s g and hardheaded like me (laughs). I get h her to be strong, instill in her greatness ung age. I try to allow her personality to don’t want to dim her light. I had to hide hell as a kid because of the strictness of ents. I didn’t want that for her. Don’t get
me wrong I have my boundaries but I want her to be HER. She’s musically inclined, plays the guitar, I love it. What inspires you? Inspiration comes in many forms. I travel and constantly discover and meet new people, great new artists. Going to fashion shows. Expanding my horizons. To me, you are the perfect example of the “underdog making it.” How was the road to where you are in your music career today? That shit was tough. I was definitely the underdog. People didn’t see me, a lot of people didn’t believe in me. It hurt. I always questioned myself, sometimes even compared myself until one day I was like fuck that! I’m me! Had to look in the mirror and see myself. Remembered all the lessons of my parents and applied them. God gave me everything I needed. R&B was said to be dead when I was starting to push my agenda. I just wanted to bring a fresh approach to music. A blend of country, rock, hip hop and R&B, but everybody said “you’re a black man it will never work. (Laughs) I could have just quit. Many times I wanted to, but I couldn’t let myself down and I had people to prove wrong. All my friends were getting deals and taking off and I was just watching. I was always proud of them, never envious. I just knew that talk was cheap so I had to step up to the plate and swing. And when I started, it was on. I’ve had a lot of disappointments and a lot of victories. Balance. What’s the best advise you’ve been given in life? Take it one day at a time. My dad tells me that every time we speak.
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It’s been a challenging time. I’m management free for about a year and change. Just learning more about the business and protecting myself as a creative in the process of creating. It’s been difficult but a I’m a BOSS, this is my life. My music, my story. My label has also gone thru some changes so a couple challenges have occurred. Minor bumps in the road. I toured for three years with Eldorado so I had to stop and feel, create based on the energy I felt on the road. Had to think about what I wanted to say this time without forcing it. Went thru a depression, a break up and had to bring myself out of that sadness. But I didn’t want to make sad music. So imagine being sad and trying to create happy music. I was angry, wasn’t dating, I was ice cold emotionally. I needed time. I know how important a sophomore album is. I also knew this time it was about me healing, growing, learning, elevating, connecting to self, accepting self, connecting with the God in me. Loving myself so I can love somebody else. Had to get on my RO-MANTIC! Mantic means seeking knowledge of the future thru supernatural means and that’s what I’ve been on: seeking knowledge of my future, thru God, Self and Spirituality. This is not a gospel spiritual album but an elevation of self. No boxes, no boundaries, just freedom and feeling. I know I am everything, it’s just showing that to the world fearlessly.
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Patrick Ibanez is a French-American visual artist, he grew up in Paris and began his career as a graphic designer for French Vogue. He discovered his passion for photography after working closely with legendary fashion photographer Guy Bourdin. Guy became his mentor, and gave him an appreciation for bold, powerful and timeless imagery. His artwork invites the viewer into a world of intimacy and sensibility, it is also provocative and voyeuristic. Patrick lives and works in New York City.
“ I used to have dreams of plants. In the dream they are spreading and spreading to me until they surround me and occupy me. This dream has been bothering me until the day I decided to face it, and I took the courage to use photography to show it and show it in front of my eyes. I used my shutter to lock them in my photography. They became a piece of art.” – Yuanyi Zhang
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Photographer Andre Schneider takes us to Tiradentes, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, to reveal that beauty knows no boundaries.
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The Ethiopian-American artist released her self-produced debut album, The Jungle Is the Only Way Out, telling her story of coming-of-age with a unique blend of song and poetry.
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As a child, was able to do a wide range of musical impressions of entertainers like Madonna and Whitney Houston. Her life took a fateful turn when she was overheard doing a joke impression of an opera singer to amuse her friends.
What was growing up like for you? I had a wonderful upbringing. We travelled all over the world because of my father’s job at the World Bank. I played sports and was involved in lots of extracurricular activities – soccer, piano and voice lessons, musicals at school, clubs, you name it. My parents are lovers of all types of music and theater and exposed my brother and I to all of it from a very young age. I give great credit and thanks to my parents for making sure my brother and I had such a culturally rich and diverse upbringing. My father is from Guyana and my mother is Danish and Norwegian, born in Minnesota, I grew up in the suburbs just outside Washington, DC in Arlington, VA. When did you find your calling for opera singing? I was introduced to opera through my mother, who loved listening to it, and it was often playing in our house. I loved pop music, and tried to imitate all the singers I heard on the radio, from Madonna to Whitney Houston. To make my friends laugh, I would also do an impersonation of an opera singer. One day, I was joking around with my friends and doing my “opera voice”, and a neighbor overheard me and said: “Alyson, I know you’re doing that as a joke, but you actually sound great. You should take voice lessons!” My mother took me to a voice teacher when I was just 12 years old, and I sang for her. She could not believe my age, and said I had a natural ability for opera and that she would like to begin training me classically. And, as they say, the rest is history. Who is your favorite artist? That is almost an impossible question to answer, I have such a wide range of favorites. I love the raspy, powerful, and earthy vocalism of the late Chris Cornell, Leontyne Price for the pure beauty and power of her voice, and there is no one that can quite compare to the late Whitney Houston; her voice was just incredible. Tell us about your Met debut as Frasquita in Carmen! I made my Met debut in 2004. It was absolutely an incredible and a surreal experience. I was 24 and in my second year in the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program,
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after having won the Grand Prize of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions the year prior, and two years after graduating from college. To make my debut just a year later was really something special and that I will never forget. I shared the stage some of the greatest singers of that time, and every day I marveled at their artistry. I was truly honored to make my debut alongside them. This year you played Carmen at the Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera. How did you prepare for the role and what was it like playing the ultimate seductress? Playing the role of Carmen was a dream come true. As a soprano, it is not a role that I thought I would have the opportunity to play, since it is typically sung by a mezzosoprano. However, over the past five years or so, my voice had developed even more richness and depth, and I was suggested to look into playing Carmen. I prepared for months, working with my vocal coaches and teachers, as well as learning to play the castanets and dance flamenco. Carmen is a wonderfully complex character â€“ both strong and vulnerable, as well as fierce, cunning, independent, and fearless. It was one of the greatest performance experiences of my career thus far. I absolutely LOVED transforming into Carmen, and canâ€™t wait to do it again! Is opera a competitive field of work? The music industry in general is very competitive. Opera in particularly is competitive, perhaps now more than ever in the United States, since opera is not quite as popular here than it is in Europe. There arenâ€™t as many opera houses here, and therefore opportunities are limited. That being said, I have been very fortunate to have a 20 year career singing at some of the greatest opera houses and concert stages around the world. The intense dedication and discipline it takes to sustain an opera career is not to be underestimated; it really requires full commitment of mind and body. But also, as with any career in the performing arts, there is a level of luck involved, as well as perseverance. You will not always get the role you want or get the review you were hoping for, but being resilient and continuing to grow despite the ups
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and downs is what long careers are made of, and how long term success is achieved. Some mainstream artists like Jay Z have use opera in their music. How do you feel about that? As I said before, I absolutely love the blending of different musical genres. In fact, one of my first experiences doing that was at the Soul Train Music Awards in 2014. I was asked to open singing opera with a hip hop track by T.I. It was a hit! Last summer, I spent several weeks in the studio with a jazz pianist, drummer, rapper, and hip hop producer working on some VERY cool tracks that merge all those genres together. I look forward to seeing that project come to fruition and sharing it with everyone. I’m also currently producing a new show with one of my longtime musical collaborators that fuses everything from rock to pop, to opera, to symphonic works. It will be epic! You’re also a jazz singer and a model! My father listened to a lot of jazz music when I was growing up, so that has always been in my ear, and I also had a natural affinity for it. In 2012, I did a show that required me to use a more jazzy side of my voice, and soon after people began encouraging me to sing in that style more. So in 2016, I released my sophomore album Until Now, which showcases the jazzy, and sultry sides of my voice. And now, I’m touring the album and perform cabaret shows around the US. I love the intimacy and storytelling that comes with jazz. As for modeling, when I moved to NYC in 2003, one of my first makeup artists at the Met suggested that I try modelling. It wasn’t something I had considered because I thought I wasn’t tall enough, but then I learned all about commercial and print modeling. I signed with my first agency about a week later. Now I have three different agencies that represent me for on camera, print, and commercial modeling. I also have an agency that represents me in my opera and Broadway work. I am VERY thankful to have such an incredible team of people to keep it all organized for me. I really can’t thank them enough for all that they do!
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What was your inspiration for your new album “Sisters in Song” with Nicole Cabell? Nicole and I were longtime friends, having grown up in the opera world together. We admired one another’s voices and artistry, and we always wanted to collaborate. The inspiration for the album came from the fact that we are both multi-ethnic with some African/African-American heritage, so it was important to us that we include some spirituals. The operatic and classical song selections are all pieces that have meant something to us personally and in our careers. It really was a passion project that we were so happy to see come to fruition with Cedille Records. We will begin touring the album with symphony orchestras next year. Tell us about your work on Broadway’s Rocktopia. Rocktopia began as a PBS concert special and then had a brief tour in the US. When the show was announced to be coming to Broadway in 2018, they held auditions for the role of the opera singer. I went in for the audition and got a call from the producer just a few hours later. I was beyond excited and accepted the part right away! Part of my mission in my career is to make opera more accessible, to take away the stigma that it’s stuffy or pretentious, and Rocktopia does just that! By fusing opera with rock in such a cool and seamless way, you experience opera in a totally new and unexpected way. It is fun, sexy, enchanting, and can be enjoyed by everyone! Who were your castmates? I just can’t say enough about my AMAZING castmates! We recently finished our Spring tour, which took us all along the east coast and the south. The cast of our spring tour was simply outstanding and every single performance ended with standing ovations! The cast includes Toby Rand, Colin Smith, James Valenti, Chloe Lowery, Kia Warren and myself, with the insanely talented Mairead Nesbitt on violin, Luis Guzman on bass, and our music director Tony Bruno leading us on guitar.
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Do you miss your castmates now that the show is over? I do miss all my castmates immensely, but we all became such great friends and are all in touch with each other! As an opera singer, you rarely - if ever - have the opportunity to travel the country on a tour bus, playing what is essentially a rock show night after night, to the most enthusiastic and adoring fans you can imagine. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I will NEVER forget, and I sincerely look forward to reuniting with everyone. What was your favorite role? That is a very difficult question! I usually say it is the one I am currently performing, but looking back on my career, there are four that have really changed me as a person: Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Julie La Verne in Show Boat, Mimi in La Boheme, and of course, Carmen in Carmen. What is your favorite pastime? I am a social butterfly, so I love spending time with my friends â€“ going out to parties, events, and hosting dinner parties. Iâ€™m also an avid runner, and I have started biking. I have a few friends that have become my running and biking buddies, and we go for long-distance runs and rides together. And I must confess, I do like shopping, too. Since I was a little kid, I have been obsessed with fashion. That is still the case! What inspires you the most? I find inspiration in many different things. I suppose it depends on my state of mind and what I may be looking for. This summer I am singing the role of Julie LaVerne in Show Boat at the renowned Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York. Up there, I live at a lakefront and Iâ€™m surrounded by trees, mountains, rolling hills, and glorious sunsets. Every morning I wake up to such beauty, and that inspires me. I am working with one of my mentors and a true great in the
opera world, our show’s director Francesca Zambello. As a director with whom I have worked with for many years, she inspires me to constantly challenge myself as an actress and singer, and I am grateful for that invaluable inspiration. What is your next project? I have a very exciting season ahead of me. After my summer at Glimmerglass, I will begin preparing for my Fall and Spring season which will include a return to Carnegie Hall for a solo concert in December, a return to Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center as Bess in Porgy and Bess, and a return to Opera Carolina as Coretta Scott King in a new opera based on the Martin Luther King, Jr. called I Dream. I will also have solo jazz and symphony shows throughout the year. And, of course, I am very excited about the new rock/opera/classical fusion show I am working on, which will make its debut during the season as well. Do you have any advice for aspiring Opera singers? Stick with it. You will hear “no”, and face rejection, but that is all part of the process. Also, surround yourself with a small handful of people you can really trust to guide your career and who will be honest with you, in good times and bad. And, finally, make sure you love what you do! I thank my lucky stars every day that I get to go to work and do something that doesn’t FEEL like work. To perform and bring joy to thousands of people is blessing and something for which I am immensely grateful.
Looking back on my career, there are four roles that have really changed me as a person: Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Julie La Verne in Show Boat, Mimi in La Boheme, and of course, Carmen in Carmen.
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Javier Martin is a multidisciplinary artist who bases his creative exploration on the careful observation of his surroundings, detecting semiotic relationships that might otherwise pass by unnoticed to the myopic observer. With this approach, the artist conceives circumstances that invite reflection on impending matters in todayâ€™s world. Javierâ€™s works carry eloquent meaning and profound political messages, prompting viewers to reflect on their behavior and social responsibility.
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Stockholm-born, New York-based realist figurative painter
VISI N begins in the unforgiving darkness of the long Scandinavian winter, the landscape that gave rise to Edvard Munchâ€™s muffled Scream andother heightened sensory environments.
Klingspor’s series of large-scale, multi-figurative oil paintings explores what happens when his coldclimate city dwellers come together for the twentyfirst-century sexual theater of the dinner table. His canvases play with ideas of consumption and taste: the way we dress up for each other, follow unwritten codes of manners and hierarchy, and assume our parts in the modern mating ritual. Recurring props assume Freudian meaning in Klingspor’s schema: surrealist lobsters, pig’s-head-shaped carafes, spread lace fans, and fresh-caught fish straight out of centuries of still life. Shadowy architecture and lurid skies loom over isolated souls, among them a Klingspor stand-in, often depicted in the artist’s trademark fedora. While working in a large format, multi figurative tradition, caught between realism and surrealism, Klingspor has developed a deeply psychological visual grammar that goes against trends and noise in contemporary art. He paints from live models supplemented with the flexible tools of an artist at the top of his game: anatomical knowledge, compositional problem solving, and the rich aesthetic input of the dream world. Highly influenced by Eastern philosophy, Klingspor cites Alan Watts’s dichotomy of the “spotlight attention,” the trained and cultured eye, and the “floodlight attention,” the omnipresent, nonlinear, fast-moving eye of the subconscious, as complementary sides of his process.) Pain, pleasure, sex, and death are never far below these smooth, still surfaces. From his lavish/trashy dinner series to his austere/foreboding nature and cityscapes, Klingspor
is an artist with an unsettling and idiosyncratic point of view. Alexander Klingspor was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1977, and lives and works in New York and Stockholm. His work has been the subject of solo shows at Albemarle, the Arcadia Gallery (New York), and Christie’s Stockholm, among others, as well as group shows during the Miami Art Fair and the L.A. Art Show. Major solo exhibits include Transformations: Visual Slices of the Mind, Albemarle (2012), and Island Stories, A Gallery (2013). He has been featured in publications including ARTnews and American Art Collector, where his work appeared as a cover story under the headline “Painting Noir.” His paintings are in the collection of prominent individuals in the U.S., U.K., Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Mexico, among other countries. Influential American art philanthropist Iris Cantor was an early collector. A throwback to a lost age of journeyman painters and illustrators, Klingspor left Sweden and made his way to the US, where he apprenticed himself to renowned American illustrator and painter Mark English in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon returning to Stockholm, he joined the workshop of Magnus Bratt, a copyist for the Nationalmuseum of Sweden specializing in sixteenth-century oil painting. Klingspor maintains studios in New York and at the Royal Academy in Stockholm.
Man in Thoughts
Song From Air Castle II
Cult Of Delusion
Dance Of The Deadly Nightshade
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bought myself a farm way out in the country
took to growin’ lettuce milkin’ cows
The Farm, written by Marty Balin / Jefferson Ai
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Garrett Swann keeps it simple.
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When did you move to New York from Santa Barbara?
Tell us about “Undercovers”
I originally came here in 1988 to attend acting school at Circle in the Square. I moved back almost 4 years ago because I realized New York has so many opportunities, and I was ready to finally seize them. Plus I loathe driving, and walking in New York is a joy.
In 1969, John Lennon and Yo peace on their honeymoon. I’m I’m jumping into bed with people I’m talking with. “Undercovers” conversations between people guests, with me as the gabbin between the sheets and includ the guest’s greatest inspiration that reveal what really goes on
What is an influencer in the industry and the world we live in? To be honest, I’m not a fan of the word “influencer.” Being an influencer became so saturated and has lost its momentum. My goal is to be transparent and share my journey with others; I want to tell a story. You describe yourself as “a wannabe millennial.” I believe millennials have such great energy and a great desire to change things. I’m attracted to always staying young and virile. What is “The Sterling Compass?” As a compass gives direction, I give direction to my experiences so others may learn something from my travels and endeavors, and hopefully get a nugget of wisdom in the most authentic way. In turn, I may learn something about the audience that follows me. As the CEO of the app Production Assistant Liaison (paL), please explain how the app works. The app “paL” is a call sheet application in real time for film TV and photography production. We want to better communication in the industry and upgrade the way production works technically. I believe better communication saves time and money. You have done many different collaborations throughout your career. What was your most exciting collaboration? My most exciting collaboration was the one in June, where I was honored to create and design a capsule suit collection with Institchu, with the themed being “the leading man.” I studied vintage fashion in my late teens and I’ve always wanted to design something, and that dream finally became a reality. My emphasis was on vintage fashion from the late 1920s 1960s, using iconic Hollywood men like Clark Gable, James Sterwart, Fred Astaire, and George Peppard as my inspirations. Collaborations have to be true to me. I believe in being authentic.
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dancing makes me feel
completely present and
completely absent all at once
Loic Mabanza Takes Flight
LOIC MAMBANZA is a dancer,
director, actor and model who has performed with the likes of Madonna, Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown and a host of other global superstars, speaks about his passion.
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limitations donâ€™t exist in my world
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I wonâ€™t let anybody determine who I am
Dancing consumed me in a brilliant and positive way, it provided an escape from my rough childhood
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dance is my form of meditation
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there is nothing else that fills my heart, feeds my soul and sets my life on fire
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BACK TO THE
How EDEN MARLEY plans to take us there
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Garden of Eden Foudation uplifts women by encouraging healthy communication that builds their self-esteem, treats them with care and highlights positive character traits. gardenofedenfoundation.org
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You grow up in both Jamaica and Haiti; what role those islands played in shaping you as a young woman? I believe that gave me a divergent perspective compared to most kids in America. Jamaican and Haitian natives are powerful and resilient people. How would you describe your mother? My mom is a wise, humble, confident, hardworking, and independent woman. What is the most valuable thing that you’ve learned from your father, Rohan Marley? To unapologetically be myself. As the granddaughter of Bob Marley, do you feel responsible for carrying out his legacy? I definitely carry out his legacy with pride. I don’t think about it too much, but I feel blessed to have that path to walk on. You study to be an entertainment lawyer, why this field? I hope I’m able to support the best interests of artists, defend and protect them from being taken advantage of. Your foundation “Garden Of Eden” aims to empower adolescents by cultivating self-esteem through education, art, wellness and sensible community development strategies. We run a Youth Empowerment program at the YWCA in Haiti that provides testing and treatment for STD’s, sex Ed courses, yoga, self-defense, and dental hygiene. As well as a hair care workshop in which, Brielle, my hairstylist, teaches the young ladies how to maintain and love their hair. Wynne Farm is where we educate the community about sustainability and the environment. Additionally, there’s a computer lab at the YWCA HAITI where girls learn how to operate a computer and engage in internet research. Meanwhile, in New York, we do a back to school drive with PCNY, Prom Dress Giveaways, and workshops at summer camps.
Where do you hope your non-profit efforts will take you and your foundation? Globally, we plan to focus on a refinement of schools and education; domestically, on contributing to the prosperity of community centers. What would you add to the curriculums taught to youth? Having more conscious teachers and educators would be a pivotal first step in improving studies. Students should be taught the importance of emotional, mental and physical well being, financial literacy and sex education, as well as focus on more possibilities in the art domain. The arts are therapeutic and empowering. Arts allow us to express ourselves. Exposing yourself to these environments is truly valuable and uplifting. What advice would you give to women looking to empower themselves? Educating and getting to know yourself is key. Healthy communication, holding yourself accountable and finally being fearless is essential. How can our community help nurture the self-esteem in girls and women within a modern society that focuses heavily on physical appearance? By uplifting women instead of shaming them and helping build their self-esteem rather than tarnishing it. Treat confidence with care and highlight positive character traits.
Photographer Paul DeLuna Creative Director, Stylist & Interview Paco Lampecinado Fashion Editor Vera Ulisko Makeup Ruthie Weems / Hair Allie J Fashion Assistants Mariah Neptune & Helena Licaj Special Thanks to Rohan Marley
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Abstraction engages the mind, and the possibilities for interpretation are endless. Inspired by the work of Wassily Kandinsky.
My art is about the power of transformation. People and their environments are not static; rather they continuously undergo dramatic changes. Once we recognize that we have the ability to transform ourselves and our surroundings, there is no limit to what we can become and what we can accomplish. In order to achieve our maximum potential, we need to discard the restrictive norms and expectations that society places on us. Thus, the starting place in my art is to ignore all of the rules that inhibit our imaginations and stifle our creativity. My philosophy is that it is not enough to merely think outside the box, but rather it is important to act as if there is no box. Great artists, such as Van Gogh and Picasso, were not content to merely depict the world as others see it, but rather they took the world, shook it up, and recast it in their own vision. My photography has been shaped by my need to create my own unique vision. In the beginning, I focused on capturing reflections, because they are unconstrained by the laws of physics and allowed me to shock the viewer by defying their expectations. I invited the viewer to stop and ponder what it would be like to live in a surreal world without the comfort and predictability of rules.
Surviving the storm
Inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
Cafe dining on the terrace at night can be a magical experience. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night.”
After exploring different ways to pursue this theme, I ultimately created a unique form of photography that uses light as my paintbrush and nude models as my canvas. To me, this represents the ultimate form of organic and minimalist art, but with a modern twist. It all starts with the human body, which I believe is the highest form of architecture. Each model is different, and their interaction with the artwork that I project onto them enables me to create a unique perspective. By giving the model a “new skin” with the use of painted light and unconventional mixed media techniques, the possibilities for cognitive challenges are endless. This serie reinterprets the master works of such ground-breaking artists as Picasso, Kandinsky, Van Gogh’s, Klimt...and brings them forward to the modern era in an entirely new way. In this series, the model so internalizes the famous artwork that she becomes a contemporary masterpiece.
Psychoanalysis helps us to understand what lies beneath the surface. Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s “Hope II.”
Our most profound thoughts come from contemplation. Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s “Repose.”
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It is Bambaata Marley’s time to heat things up
Ready to Ignite
The grandson of Bob Marley and son of Ziggy Marley, Bambaata Marley carries the musical torch with a genre-blurring style all his own, check out his songs “Out to Play,” “Pretty Butterfly” and “In a Ray,” Bambaata is gearing up to release his first full length project soon, stay tuned.
Through My Eyes Artist A.C.D. paints the world she sees and invites us in
My work explores the narrations of what it is to be an artist through the usage of colors, duality, and psychology. This transcends into a conceptual art form that tells a story in abstract methods using swift lines, shapes and different variations of painting techniques like acrylic, oil and silicate mineral paint. Often creating my own colors by mixing the pigments allows a different lens to how I see colors and how the viewers can see colors used in displaying art and storytelling through abstract or very straightforward methods.
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Is there anything more magical than natural materials in contact with your body?
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SPIRIT & FLESH Magazine showcases talent, personalities and brands – established and emerging – that live and breathe their craft and their...
Published on Aug 8, 2019
SPIRIT & FLESH Magazine showcases talent, personalities and brands – established and emerging – that live and breathe their craft and their...