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09.02.10 Poetry/Spoken Word + Music + heARTwork @ Common Ground Open Mic

23 Aug

Common Ground Open Mic. 09.02.10. Featuring heARTwork by loralei rose

Hellooooo Friends! If you are in or around the OC come thru to one of the newest open mic events, Common Ground. I will be taking my artwork down at the Coffee Studio in about a week and putting it up @ the VAALA Cultural Center on Sept. 2, 2010.

Prints will also be for sale.

Come kick it and enjoy a fabulous night of spoken word, music, and art. Hope to see some of the homies as well as make new friends.

What can I say? YAY for ART and EXPRESSION! Life would be colorless without them in the world. 🙂

EVENT INFO

09.02.10

7-9pm

@ VAALA CULTURAL CENTER

1600 N. Broadway Santa Ana, CA

*co-sponsored by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)
*Doors open at 6pm. Open mic sign ups @ 6:30pm.
$5 suggested donations

common ground:
connecting communities through creative expressions.
We are a collective of community members, artists, and activists committed to cultivating positive
and safe space for artistic growth and community empowerment.
every first thursdays


I am Soultable

22 Jul

“ The artwork and artist, work and person, in every field of activity, are in a mutually creative relation to each other.

Each requires the other to give to and to communicate. The relation between a person and her

work is thus a living expression of dialogue.”

-Zinker

Every third Thursday, I pack an overnight bag and prepare for my monthly get away. I know, it is not fair. You must be thinking to yourself, “Why does Loralei get to go on vacay once a month?” Although you may not have thought those words precisely, you may at least have been asking yourself where I take these little vacations of mine.

Truth is, where I go technically isn’t a lavish R & R spot. Friday after work, I jump in my purple Scion and head out to a small office in Manhattan Beach for a weekend packed with activities regarding Expressive Arts Training techniques. I consider this time more like vacay or even something close to a retreat rather than school because the experience has a consciousness raising and even somewhat spiritual effect on me.

School, at least the type of school we have here in the US, which is based on power struggles, rewards and punishments, etc. is nothing like what I experience in these classes. Here, I get to learn about myself through various creative activities and really take time out for me. I can’t explain the high I feel when I am there and even after I leave. But all I can say is that in a society where we have to be on the grind 24-7 just to pay the bills, it feels good to be able to give back to myself every now and then.

STRING ART

In my last class, we focused on the VISUAL ARTS. I want to share a few of my creations as well as my experience with you all.

The piece below was created by dipping a piece of string into black india ink, painting with it, and then going back in and coloring it in with watercolor. Usually, artists are concerned with aesthetics balance, etc. However, here, I just let my mind go blank and let my feelings and intuition guide my process. The key to this technique was to NOT HAVE A PLAN and simply LET GO.

“Soultable”

When I first stepped back and looked at my piece, I was in awe. To me, it looked as though I had created a spinning heart-shaped turntable. This was meaningful to me because I viewed it as a gift from my subconscious. [ As I said, I had no plan when I began this piece. I was painting it purely for engaging in the act of creation.]

Music is mos def my supreme muse. When my piece revealed itself to me, it was as if the universe was confirming this deep and meaningful relationship.


If you turn the painting upside down, the heart now resembles the “BA” symbol in baybayin, the Filipino indigenous writing system. It is believed that shape within an ancient fertility symbol called the lingling-o, evolved to become the symbol of BA. The baybayin BA symbol represents the sound for “ba” the syllable found in girl or female in several Filipino dialects, for example Babae (tagalog) and Ba-i or Bai (Visayan).

Looking at it from this perspective also touches me deeply. A few months ago I attended the Babaylan Conference in Sonoma. That weekend was synchronistic and unbelievably magical. I was able to meet fabulous women who inspired me to continue along my journey towards wholeness. I learned so much about the relationship between Filipino psychology, spirituality, healing arts, and expressive arts. It was only fitting that this subconscious painting lead me towards those memories and confirm to me that I am along the right path.

I am so thankful to have art in my life. Without it, I don’t think I would be who I am today. Art is so integral to my being. In the process of creativity, I get lost and I find myself.

Can I get a window seat?

14 May

All I gotta say is PREACH it girl! I am thinking I need a window seat right about now, too. There is something about getting out of town and escaping that every day hustle and bustle that is just so dang refreshing. This song reminds me that I just need to BREATHE sometimes. If I can’t literally get that window seat (cuz those seats ain’t cheap!) then hopefully I come back to myself and find that inner peace which a “window seat” can potentially provide.xoxo

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we fight, we love

12 Aug
because we just do...
because we just do…
above is my entry in the NAPAWF (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum) t-shirt contest. Hopefully I submitted on time, seriously! 😉

 

below is my partial muse for the design…

qtip

we fight/ we love by q-tip featuring raphael saadiq (listen here)

”  we fight and love so much

 sometimes  i get confused of who we are 

maybe if we just stop and chat

 we’ll find out who we are “

i don’t think that I could have said it any better than q-tip. sometimes we just talk to much. we get caught up in this and that. too much noise can cloud our true understanding of who we really are. sometimes  we let ourselves become reactionary (although it cannot be helped sometimes and may even be neccessary in certain moments).

i say, listen to this song and take a piece of advice from q-tip. whether it’s our reactionary response in relation to another person, an institution, or even ourselves i advise we step back, take a breath, and evaluate each situation from a holistic perspective…maybe it is in these moments of thought and reflection we will find more of who we really are and understand how to share that wonderful person with the world.

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