Barrier Free Art

Art- n. the quality, production expression or realm, according to aesthetic principles of what is beautiful, appealing or of more than ordinary significance.  

 

DCD065FD-4E0A-4A96-B8A5-BD62B22F6B62At the crossroads of fashion is art. Intersecting with beauty. Obstructed by society with conceptual identities circulating around us.

Daily, intrusive societal barriers are unconsciously imposed on us thru various art forms/propaganda: fashion, music, movies, politics and of course- with its curated content- social media. These barriers operate as systematic attempts to place identities on individuals through standards sculpted by society. Artfully shaped these mind mediums don’t just resonate with us they subconsciously reinforce who we are.

These same societal barriers disrupt beauty and self-expression. Westernization, along with trends, has diluted  individuality,  deflecting the gravity of embracing our authentic being. Considering a trend is a social process of change and acceptance created by human beings, this explains why we buy into mainstream trends and  beauty ideologies  – the more you see it, the more appeal and acceptance it garners. Figuratively, beauty trends are forging modern day, cookie-cutter cults.

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Photographed byMarcus Jones of  L3 Media

Ask any male and he’ll label it witch craft, but makeup application in itself is definitely an art craft; without art’s individualistic influence, it’s just makeup. This modern day beauty “trend” has always been an unconventional tool of self-expression and personal empowerment.

It is up to the makeup artist to see not only the beauty in our clients, but also the beauty in the world. With social media perpetuating beauty as a tangible good and creativity as a copy, the Art & Makeup Exhibition was born.

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Artist in Action @ Art & Makeup Exhibition

The Art & Makeup Exhibition is social and creative endeavor that reinforces that beauty is about confidence and individuality while uniting makeup artist in an environment that fuels creativity and dispels competition. Thus, artist can build community while exchanging honest feedback on beauty products and create beauty content to showcase their artistry.

 

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Barrier Free Art Installation created by Yancy Villa-Calvo @ Orange Mound Gallery

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Vision: Berlin

The contradictions of this world amuse me. To be awake is synonymously exchangeable with awaken. Contextually, to be awaken is to be consciously available and alert. As l we drift through life mentally and emotionally unavailable, we are labeled are “awake”. Truthfully,  we are unstimulated.

To be conscious is to live in color. When we are conscious and present in our daily lives, we begin to develop our purpose, and our vision appears more vividly.

Societal contradiction strikes again as vision is defined as sight; yet simultaneously characterized as an impractical theme, where visionaries are labeled illusive.

Life, through its hardships and disruptions, breeds ingenuity.  Art is the reflective birthing of our visions, through life’s adversities. Art provides visual scenery that stimulates an unconscious change in direction allowing us to see things differently (more consciously).

When we operate as visionaries, we empower not only ourselves but our counterparts by creating the future and commanding what you have not seen yet. Audaciously, society marginalized the power of art, and minds alike that craft their own visions and live their own truths (until it’s been manifested).

Question your consciousness.

The Art of Erosion: Iceland

Travel stretches and wharps our spiritual and mental capacity into unfathomable dimensions.

This metamorphasis or “erosion” is rarely picture perfect.

The natural forces of life painfully yet blissfully challenge, empower and restore us through our imperfect and divergent paths, constructed by reality.

“The ultimate goal of life remains the spiritual growth of the individual and its solidarity climb to peaks that can be reached only alone.” (Scott Peck, The Roadless Traveled)

Travel foster spiritual replenishment and elevates growth. Grow into your greatness.

 

Twenty Something Manifesto

Photography by Kelly Mahoney

Photography by Kelly Mahoney

I used to not like my name-I thought it was ghetto. Now that I think about it, it’s actually a cool name: Zarielle Washington. It’s like the name of cartoon action figure and I’m starring in this cinematic motion picture called life- lets just say I’m finally figuring my role it out, 29 years later. It’s been comical, scene after scene but I think I have it figured out- I know who I am. Unfortunately, it didn’t air on the big screen. My biggest regret to this day is that I didn’t document my adventures. With 4 days left in 2014, I’m declaring its not to late!

Because I know I’m not the only twenty something protagonist, role playing my dreams by day and battling bad guys by night as I transition into the lifestyle I ultimately envision- this virtual space is for us. If you love the idea of a better you, a better bargain and creating beautfiul surroundings with them, then there’s “Something about Zarielle” that you’ll love!