by SUSANA ARAGON
(Susana participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
Artist Bio: I’m a visual artist born in Lima, Peru. I’ve been working in the fields of arts and education since 1982. My art work goes from video installations, multimedia shows, public space interventions, performance, to book objects, ceramic, photography, poetry, costume design and painting.
My work emerges from daily experience, transforming it, experimenting, playing. I’m interested in the way objects can change their meaning according to the way they are put together, whether in a picture, real space or in video installations becoming presences that can lead people to different personal worlds.
Artist Website: susanaaragon.blogspot.com
What is Self?
Friendship – the connections we have with people.
L. Berkely – graffiti artist
(L. Berkely participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
There are more photos of the making of this piece on the Frisbie St. website. Click here to view.
“Two Inner Senses”
(watercolor, charcoal, crayon, pastel on paper)
This piece is a collaboration between Yosi, a 3 year old, and her mom.
As a non producing artist, I constantly struggle with being able to produce art, as if I can’t dig deep enough, or let go long enough to put something down.
Watching Yosi draw, I am inspired by her expressive strokes, fearless choice of color and care-free motivation.
This piece illustrates my personal inner struggle between holding on and letting go, being fearful and fearless and making nothing or something.
by CARREL CRAWFORD
(Carrel participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
What is Self?
beyond the thin skin of identity created by our thoughts
what moves this transient shadow form?
step through The Door
shed all that you think you are
discover your self
LANELL DIKE – Breathe One Love artist
(Lanell participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
Artist Bio: Lanell Dike is enjoying the daily miracle of breath.
Artist Website: www.breatheonelove.com
What is self?
Known and unknown
We remain our ‘self’
To be discovered again
SUE GRAUE – Visual artist
inspired by patterns and beauty
Photography is my passion
Capturing a moment in time, to share with others
Self-taught and professionally coached
My identity is not as a mother, sister or friend
But, an artist
This has been my transformation
I am grateful
To find my ’self’
(Sue participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
SHADOW PIECES OF SELF
THE RYHTHM OF SELF
A Papercut Book
C.J. GROSSMAN – Art, Jazz, Books
(C.J. participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
Artist Website: www.artjazzbooks.com
by MELISSA HAWKINS
(Melissa participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
ALISON KELLOM – multi media artist
(Alison participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
Artist Website: www.alisonkellom.com
When I make a basket, “I” myself am only one part of it, largely a conduit or link between the trees who continue to live out their purpose by giving needles & other parts to use, the ancient energy that takes over so that my hands just know what to do & to all the beings that have ever woven & all the beings that will ever weave.
So it’s me & not me at the same time – which seems to represent the reality of our existence. In spite of how things appear solid, they are not: Everything is mostly space & emptiness. Everything & Noting is Self, all at the same time.
ORNA PASCAL – multi media artist
(Orna participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
Artist Bio: As a child I always wondered how art was actually made and this is my primary artistic interest. Of course I am thrilled when something I make is lovely to look at, but it truly is the materials and process that keep me going. My all time favorite tools are pencils & I particularly love the scritch scritch scritch sound they make. Over the years they have been joined by papers of every kind, pens, inks, brushes, paints, needles, cloth, all sorts of fibers, found objects, words, cameras, computers and whatever else appeals to me. Trying new things and getting to play with different materials and tools is just so much fun!
Although I am interested in, do use & have fun with new materials & methods, it is the ancient which speaks to my soul. The transformation that happens with raw materials, simple tools, tried & true methods, intention, skill & time is powerful and never fails to thrill me.
Being inspired by the materials themselves and allowing my hands and mind to be free, I become part of all those who have come before and all those who will come after me as the creative process brings into being that which did not exist before.
My paintings are vibrant, using many contrasting colors simultaneously. This technique is always surprising & delightful. Believing in the power of color and wishing to contribute harmonious and beautiful art to the world, I offer my work for the benefit of all beings.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Conservation of Natural Resources from U.C. Berkeley, a job as a college counselor presented itself. While helping others, my secret desire to be an artist emerged & that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
Artist Website: www.ornapascal.com
During my years of being a psychotherapist I have been aware of the importance of the question “What is Self?” Most persons that have bravely allowed me into their inner arena have at the core this question.
As an artist I have noticed that all my work also relates to the question “What is self?” “Who am I really?” Attempts of answers via years of paper, glue, Jung and his friends, wonderful pens and colored pencils and scissors.
I have made collages of my experiences since I was 6. That humbly is 53 years of experience. Collage seems to most accurately portray for me the answers.
We are a combination of myriad experiences of every possible dimension.
All I really know is it is an archetypal necessity that is universal, but that it is not simple. Indulging in the complexities of creativity gives me the most peace. I feel it is hard to explain and explore many issues simply verbally and conversationally.
So, it is my collage work that helps define me and for others to understand me and hopefully, gleefully themselves.
When you look at my work do not struggle to make sense of it. It is where I was when I made it and hopefully part of who am I am now. Most pieces were created over a period of time.
I truly believe if you are stuck in the moment, wait for the next right thing to reveal itself. Define yourself every day in what you do, say, cook, be, act, don’t react, create.
by GAIL ROBINSON
(Gail participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
Each person exists at each moment or day to day in one of five
centers: security, sensation, power, love, or transcendence.
From left to right, top to bottom:
- Homeless person, Battery and Bush, San Francisco
- Protester and police officer, Market and 2nd, San Jose
- Private wine tasting, San Jose
- Stay single girl, How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco
- Performers and audience, Lost Vegas at CELLSpace, San Francisco
- Performance by Dept of Spontaneous Combustion, Fire Arts Festival, Oakland
- Vodka and propane
- Power buildings, Pine and Market, San Francisco
- Tight rope lesson, Dolores Park, San Francisco
- Friendship, San Jose
- Foggy morning, Guadalupe Creek, San Jose
TORROID – an alt living, working, and discovering art in the SF Bay Area
(Torroid participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
“What Is Self?”
These pieces relate to self in both a personal and archetypal way.
Death and Rebirth.
The sculpture is about loss so profound that it leaves one feeling burning pain in the soul, and then only hollow, dead, disoriented and numb. This represents the loss or death of the ego self, purged by the fire of rage and despair. Empty now, waiting to be filled.
Raku clay sculpture explores the paradoxical fragility/strength of the inner self. The raku firing processes incorporate extreme temperature shifts from the kiln to the reduction barrel to the water trough, representing the elements; of earth, air, fire and water., and completing the circle.
The mixed media painting shows the whole self; conscious, subconscious, persona and ego, made from a remix of my notes and sketches taken from the same time period in which i created the sculpture. The outer patterns and shapes represent external forces which influence the shaping of the circular shell that represents the persona. Within the persona, consciousness shimmers above subconscious, with the shiny glass drop of ego hovering between them.
Our collection of life experiences teach us lessons from which we build upon and move forward in our evolution as souls.
My notes and sketches were scanned and digitally collaged, printed with archival inks, then collaged together again onto canvas with other materials and worked back into with acrylic paints and mediums.
JANELLE SCHNEIDER – 3d texture painter & mixed media artist
(Janelle participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
Artist Bio: Janelle Schneider was born in Portland, Oregon, and knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an artist and communicate though image.
Her first job during high school was in a local t-shirt shop, where she created hand painted and drawn original designs for special interest group t-shirts, and she also did sign painting on the side. She taught community school classes in calligraphy and glass etching for senior citizens. At graduation she was awarded a scholarship for artistic achievement.
Several years later she attended Pacific Northwest College of Art(PNCA), graduated with a BFA in Design Arts in 1998 and was awarded the Outstanding Senior Thesis Award in Design Arts. During her third year in college she was offered an internship opportunity with a local animation studio, then called Will Vinton Studios. This led to a design arts position which eventually evolved to painting digitally in 3D as a texture artist. During this time she also continued to work in oils, pastel and collage/mixed media, and was offered an ongoing opportunity to exhibit her work in Exposure Art Gallery in Seaside, Oregon.
In 2002 Janelle moved to California to start working on the films Reloaded and Revolutions, the sequels to The Matrix. In 2004 she was offered the opportunity to create the syllabus for and teach a class in digital texture painting at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
She now works for Disney’s ImageMovers Digital in San Rafael as a Senior Texture Artist, while also creating new mixed media work on canvas in preparation for a number of upcoming exhibits.
Janelle’s work features a unifying theme of layers; in layers of meaning, materials and subtle layers of imagery. Creating what she calls “internal landscapes” her subject matter usually centers around personal experiences, and themes relating to mythology, dreams, psychology, spirituality and social commentary.
Artist Website: www.paintbetty.com
“What Are You Hiding?”
by FOREST STEARNS
(Forest participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)
Artist Bio: Forest Stearns is my name and I am a prolific excited artist based in Oakland, and attending the MFA program at the Academy of Art in SF. With a focus on illustrious themes in personal and commercial work I try to create characters and spaces on the cusp of beautiful and spooky. Telling stories and creating interactions with line work over color fields.
There is only one way, and that is to really enjoy what it is you are doing and make yourself proud. Enjoy the adventure that this creative life brings you. Live Up
Artist Website: draweverywhere.com
Division of input (outside self) v. Inner (self)
Reno 22 (Tiffany Deleon & Kenton Wise) is Self
Awareness Reflecting the World
Self is Spirit. Timeless, omnipresent, eternal. Self is TRUTH, the known and the unknown
self is green
Self is what’s left when you remove ish
(with a handprint) what you leave behind
Self is a word
Self is a flower from a previous incarnation blossoming again in a new garden
self is constancly mutating
elusively ever present
self is the unique little bit that never does change
a traveler on a journey
…self is not you at your worst moments….
I think self does include the worst moments, self is the TOTALITY & I no longer deny that part
self is the INNER YOU
is your preference
Mysterious & Mundance
Knowledge, Allows, Self, Imporovement
What is Self – Never 4 Getting Who U Are
Self is Dual, Like the Dual Nature of Nature
Self is life with a glue stick
specks & spectrums
self is the sum of your experiences
Sacred & Profane
Opening your mind but leaving your judgement in the toliet – then flushing
an infinite heart!
Self is You & Me
Self is feeding
Self is everything and nothing!
Self is a bed…make it.
Self is…when? who?why? how? only if open up yourself…self
Self is the Elf + S
“What we do for self we do for others.”
Laila, Nina, Ava, Dad, Mom
Creating a Reaslistc Me Embracing Now
Self is wonderful & pure essence
Self is an evolution
Come by Frisbie St. today from 1 to 5 p.m. for the last day of the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition – check out some photos from the show over at the Frisbie St. website: www.frisbiest.com
Gearing up for the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition opening this Friday. Here are some teaser images (only showing part of the piece) of what you will see…sculpture, drawing, painting, digital media, photography, graffiti art and more! Check the show schedule to plan when you want to stop by. See you soon.
Who do we choose to be?
Our actions, thoughts & feelings flow
like grains of wood in predictable patterns,
set by default or choice,
around the knotted events of our lives
sometimes we are surprised from our routine by fresh water drops
which magnify & reveal the myriad sparkling possibilities
hidden in each moment, awaiting our attention & intention
to bloom from the woodwork like a rose.
(Artwork and text by ELI JENKINS)
(Eli participated in the What is Self? Art & Writing Exhibition @ Frisbie St. in Oakland, CA – May 2009)