“In heart I am Muslim,
in heart I’m an American artist
and I have no guilt
I seek pleasure
I seek the nerves under your skin
The narrow archway; the layers;
the scroll of ancient lettuce
We worship the flaw, the belly, the belly,
the mole on the belly of an exquisite whore.
He spared the child and spoiled the rod
I have not sold myself to God. "
Photographer/Dancer-Performance Artist/Poet & All Around Loon…
I am a girl – I take a lot of photographs and write a lot of words, both which i manipulate and generally mess with until they look they way i want. All of my photos are self-portraits unless otherwise specified. All the work here is mine. Anything i’ve modeled for is not shown here, as that would be cheating, innit? As a teenager i began writing angst-ridden and incredibly bad poetry – i like to think over the years, i’ve improved a bit.
I began photography quite accidentally – and because of an accident. I became ill in 2003 with an auto-immune illness, and shortly after injured my spine – an event that left me largely bedridden for several months; up until fairly recently, i wore a back-brace and was told i may never walk without a cane (they were wrong, as “they” almost always are…). I was given a camera as a gift, which i used on myself as a way to document my recovery and relieve the stultifying boredom. I turned the lens on myself because there was no one else around, and i was confined to my own apartment for months, with only short physical-therapy walks in the Honolulu University district. Self-portraiture is my first love, and is still the main focus of my work.
My camera keeps me from indulging in anti-social, murderous and possibly illegal behaviour.
It keeps me sane.
This is what i do.
Featured on the RB &/or in Groups:
Photo – Much of my brushes/resources come from DeviantArt’s many talented artists.
Hair – The kickass blonde, curly hair, as well as any dreadlocks you see in some photos is done by the amazing Cleo of Soul Avenue. Because of her i can look like a different person every week if i want…soul.avenue[at]yahoo.com
The short-cropped hair (possibly my coolest haircut EVER) is by Isobel of Art & Science Salon in Chicago, who by the way also has the coolest tattoos i’ve ever seen.
Without them, i’d look like a cat that stuck it’s nose into an electrical socket.
Makeup – All makeup is done by me.
“les rencontres du tarot” exhibit
The Tarot du Panier
ACHE exhibit, 2nd Floor Gallery
Pilsen, Chicago IL.
Death to Summer exhibit, 1901 Gallery