With my 30th birthday coming up soon I wanted to share what has been on my mind lately...the lessons I've learned, the person I want to be, and this amazing quote by Walt Whitman:

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”

This is what I want for all of us: to be joyous in the here and now. To always be open to becoming who I feel I should be, even...
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The greatest joy an artist can have is finding oneself through creating. I think it is a privilege to dig to find what your depths have to offer. In my experience, everyone who tries will come out with a treasure. This series was my treasure from 2016. It was my joy and bliss, my failures and my successes, my willingness to change, my fear and doubt, and my pride.

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How do you flood a room? Undoubtedly there are many ways, but when your studio is on the second floor of a once-abandoned building, still partially derelict, you do not bring the water to the studio. You bring the studio to the water.

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For my final image of my Fourth Wall series, I gathered a small crew of friends and tore down my little room that I had so...
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My new series, Fourth Wall, represents a personal journey. For me, it was a full year of exploration, doubt, excitement and newness. For each image I couldn't quite grasp the sense that it was coming together. For each image I doubted if there should be more or less in the frame, if anyone would care about them when I finished, and I was excited at simply doing something out of my comfort...
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How would you create if you were going to share your soul with your audience? I've often found myself too boring in the past to create from such a personal place. I realize now that our lives are intricate and powerful and if we get to know ourselves deeply, we can create from that place meaningfully. This image is a very personal one for me, and one of my favorites in the new series. Created...
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I got to pour thick, sticky syrup all over my friend and the floor, and the best part was that there was no one there to yell at me! I love being a childlike adult and finding the same magic that I did as a kid in playing with goop and making a mess. In this case, the "goop" served as a thick substance that my character could be enveloped by yet coming out of. For me, it was about a girl...
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600lbs of flour and a lot of side flops into the powder to ensure maximum poof. Because when working with flour, maximum poof is a must! Read the story behind the image and my original meanings as well, here:

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This series is represented by the JoAnne Artman Gallery. More details on my blog! <3

Model: Ana Clue
The test of true friendship is covering someone in 50lbs of hot wax and telling them they can't move for 2 hours. Though it was a taxing process, it was incredible to watch the slow transformation of a normal bathtub and floor to suddenly looking like time had stopped and they were frozen under the weight of a thousand candles melting.

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I was really moved by this...
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It started in a grocery store.

Sometimes when I give lectures I ask the crowd what they most fear, and inevitably someone yells out "time passing!". It is something that a lot of people either know to fear, come to fear, or get over fearing. It is one of those natural, go-to responses. We all know our time is limited, but even more than saying we fear death, we say we fear death coming before...
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This is a closeup of the image I released yesterday in case you missed it on my blog. You can see more clearly the yarn on the floor and the thread under her hand. What I loved most about the series was how physical it was and how much patience it took for many reasons and in many ways. There is something so satisfying for me when a picture is visceral and makes me react physically to it. I...
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This was the first image I photographed from my new series and one of my favorites in the end. From 60+ hours of "yarning" the room, to being laughed at when I tried to buy lumber, to rolling back and forth between "I can do this!" and "I deserve to be laughed at"...this was a labor of love in every sense of the meaning.

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I will never forget the work that went...
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For one full year I worked on a series of images different from what I had ever created before. They were physical and laborious and so layered that I laid in bed at night thinking of the meanings and woke up thinking of the same. I rented my first studio and truly invested in something that I was afraid may never amount to anything. I didn't share the images. I waited until they could be...
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Broken is a word we all identify with. We have all, in our own ways, walked on feeble sticks hoping no one will notice that we have nothing to stand on.

If you feel this way you are in my thoughts and I create for you.
“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the most magnificent things about humanity is our resilience. It is so easy to sink and feel like nothing is there to catch us. Sink we may, and sink we must. Our mistake is placing all our hope in others to lift us out of our ourselves. No one else can know the extent of our depths; they may not...
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There is so much power in realizing that we control our circumstances. We cultivate negativity or positivity, we let our world crumble from within or we build it from within. It is too easy to feel like the cracks we see forming in our lives were put there from other people, but that is so rarely the case. The way we choose to deal with our situations can create those cracks or it can erase...
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“I was mortified by the prospect of becoming hopelessly trapped in someone else's story.” ― Lionel Shriver

The idea of entrapment is fascinating to me. To be out of control and incapable all at once is not only physical. We are too often trapped in another version of ourselves that, at our heart of hearts, we know we shouldn't be. It is someone else's vision, and when we lock ourselves into a...
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“Everywhere was connected to everywhere else" - Terry Pratchett

In our brokenness we search; in our wholeness we fall to dust.

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I have arrived back in India to begin 3 more workshops for sex trafficking survivor communities. Send your kind thoughts this way that they are meaningful and healing <3
Darkness is a place that calls out to us, asking for a light to be brought into her depths so that she might see what she is made of.

Today I finished a self-expression workshop in Thailand (I'm writing from the jungle outside of Chiang Mai) that I'll be able to share more about soon. My hope is twofold, that the work I'm doing here can help empower the young women (specifically working with...
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Darkness may surround, but the key we search for is within. There is no need for light when you turn your eye inward. There in the darkness your soul knows where everything is hidden.

Create your own fairytale today. Fit yourself into a magical story. Make it up if you have to - make it up even if you don't. Our imaginations are the most incredible tools. They see to it that we can dream of...
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“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ― Ernest Hemingway

To me, true growth is letting who you used to be fade away while nurturing something new from the ashes. One of our greatest gifts is the ability to change. So many run away from it. So many would see their former self getting buried under the weight of...
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