ART - DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT? by Lily Nava
I have been a creative person since I was allowed to use crayons!
Creating things that I could play with or use in my grade school assignments from what I colored or designed was my escape... I would look for paper scraps, cardboard, fabric and really anything that I could incorporate into my final production or should I say, self-made "trophy" that I would later share with family members.
In grade school we created what was known as a "diarama" which consisted of a shoebox that I had the task of not only telling a story, but it was my job to illustrate the scene, characters and functioning pieces! I took my diaramas very seriously, survived life's ups and downs to become a very creative adult.
However, we all know that the world of fine art is highly competitive and not about shoebox diaramas. With this said, my drive to create images to later become part of functional art or some other product it is of no surprise to me in that I am always looking at how things work and/or don't work!
While art in various forms has been around since the beginning of time, it has changed its face and increased momentum recently finding its place among clothing, personal items, etc.
Just like the diarama of yesterday told the story in grade school, the art of today when it shows up on more than just canvas, gives us a feeling that there is something right with the world, that a brighter and better tomorrow is possible, and just maybe, that anything is possible!
I believe, that as an artist, it is my responsibility to share my artistic vision and bring light into the dark corners of our planet. Maybe even turn on some more lights in those already lit up areas. The process of creation has no boundaries.
I see myself as an advocate and voice for all things that are ART. Why wouldn't I be in love with ART? Recalling how healing it was to express my childhood emotions outside the lines with my first love of art, crayons! While my images may have started with crayons, it has grown to creating images that evoke emotion, speak to humanity and advocate peace.
While the diarama might be a thing of the past and since replaced with technology and graphic design, the dream of creation started with our imagination, our essence and the longing to fulfill that desire for that something more, we knew existed, somewhere, in the landscape of our playgrounds.
As a creative, developing strategies to stay current and develop new techniques is essential... I have tried painting with rag, sponges, every type of cloth, my hands and fingers to create that which has not been seen, at least, not on my canvas, just yet! One of my favorites things to do is to seek out other creative people and "talk art."
What I urge you to keep in mind is that first art experience where you colored outside the lines and it really didn't matter. Imagine doing this every time you create. Its called "no boundaries." ART HEALS THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING!
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"JUST BELIEVE" SOLO EXHIBITION
CIM GALLERY (PROMENADE AT ANAHEIM), 184 W. CENTER ST. ANAHEIM
NOV. 9TH, 2013, FROM 6- 9PM OPENING RECEPTION
EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY FROM AUGUST 2013 TO JANUARY 2014
THE PEACE PROJECT 2013, "PEACE LOVE & UNDERSTANDING"
L.A. RECEPTION, SAT. NOV. 23RD AT 6PM, AT THE WHOLE 9 GALLERY, 3830 MAIN ST., CULVER CITY, CA
"Reality of a Dream" shown below, selected for inclusion in juried, travelling exhibit!
AY ATELIER GALLERY
In March 2013, AY Atelier and Art 4 All People curated an amazing exhibition called ”Bridge to the Soul” which was an orchestration of an experience. The exhibition and Social Sculpture was a collaboration with AY and Art 4 All People ,Co-Founders Artists and Curators Ceylan Hulya, Lisa Rasmussen and Sculptor Marcus Maria Jung.
“Köprü, Ruh” ~”Bridge to the Soul” is an intercultural collaborative Art Exhibition that brings together artists from around the globe. With the life and poetry of 13th century mystic Rumi as an inspiration, the intention for the project is to shift the world’s attention towards Love.
The exhibition was extremely powerful and transformative. We wanted to bring you some of the insights from the Artists that were in the exhibition.
Here is an interview with Artist Lily Nava. Her evocative work ”Synchronicity” was part of the Bridge to Soul experience. Enjoy her insights!
E-INTERVIEW with Lily Nava by Lisa Ramussen
What is one word that describes what Art means to you? Nirvana.
“Bridge to the Soul” at Art 4 All People was a powerful exhibition inspired by the poetry of Rumi. There are two parts to this question.
In Rumi’s poetry, love is the soul of the universe, and this soul knows no bounds-it embraces all people, all countries, and all religions How did your ART have an affinity with this powerful theme?
My original painting, “Synchronicity” is well aligned with Rumi’s vibrational prose given its inspiration was the following Rumi verse: “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop”. Because Rumi and Synchronicity represent all things happening at once, everywhere…perhaps even on different planes, other dimensions, the two are kindred occurrences. Images and spoken word go hand in hand…this exhibit was the perfect platform to share my Rumi inspired one-of-a kind artwork.
At the Opening/Social Sculpture of Bridge to the Soul on 3/30/13 with the amazing Circle of Fire ritual. What was the most memorable or soulful memory you have of the experience?
Circle of Fire: the experience of everyone present writing down what they wanted to let go of and the silence that I felt during this process. Although the written papers had not been all placed in the fire just yet…. all you had to do was look around at the joy on everyone’s face being given the opportunity to partake in this sacred process…the many became “one”. The fire dancer was a breathtaking depiction of the courage it takes to walk through the fire, let what doesn’t serve one go, and come out on the other side…I loved it when she ran into the ocean as a little child would…so inspiring.
As an Artist what is the significance of doing Transformative Art in these times, in this century in the now?
The significance of being a transformative artist is in the innate knowing that what we share in our craft and skill, will and does heal people all over the world. If you go back to the time of Monet you will read that it was painful for him not to paint…well, for most artists aka light workers of this day, if asked, they would surely share the same mantra.
For me, art is my main purpose on this planet. However, given our challenging economic climate, transformative art is needed now more than ever. Artists hold a special “light” and consciousness and collectively, through transformative art, we are creative can and must keep this light burning and shine its healing properties across the globe. ART HEALS THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING