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tea, ink, gouache, coffee. Text: “Excuse me sir, but how do you know when it’s finished?”

This work is inspired by some of the angst and frustration I feel towards the aid industry in Africa.

When I was two, before I had really learned to swim, I loved jupming off of the diving board. There was no hesitation, no fear, only excitement. Of course my mom was there to catch me, but I dove in with abandon! Curiosity, imagination, adventure, and play, are all the elements of my childhood that I savor and strive to hold on to as a mature adult. Stubbornness, timidity, worry, and impatience are the characteristics of my childhood that I would like to grow out of. This body of work is a collective expression of the transition from ignorance to knowledge, and from inexperience to understandingn that I went through at the end of my college career. I had to choose how to live the rest of my life and I decided not to sit at the edge of the pool and dip my toes, but to take a running start and dive straight in!

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​Originally from Wisconsin, Jaelah Kuehmichel has been working and creating in Austin, Texas since her return from Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso, West Africa in 2010. Her mixed media artwork celebrates play, whimsy, adventure, and beauty. Her work explores themes of identity, independence, sexuality, consumption, and risk. Working in the realm of design allows her to utilize her personal aesthetic and fine attention to detail to fulfill the functional and practical needs of her clients.

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  • Maria Cristina Homem de Mello
    Maria Cristina...over 4 years ago


  • rise
    riseabout 4 years ago

    great work

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 4 years ago

    wow…it’s wonderful..fabulous painting, well done!

  • Thanks for the positive response. It’s always so interesting to see which pieces people respond to. Honestly, I almost didn’t put this one up because I didn’t think it was one of my stronger works. Glad you like it!

    – Jaelah

  • Marlies Odehnal
    Marlies Odehnalalmost 4 years ago

    excellent work

  • Thanks :)

    – Jaelah

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