Rebels David Fredrik Moussallem

“REBELS” by David Fredrik  Moussallem

Other  people will call me a rebel but I feel like I’m living my life 

and doing what I want to do. Sometimes people call that rebellion

especially when you’re a woman

                                                              -Joan Jett

ART-gasm: Rebirth in the Mist

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The Forest & The Lake by  Aviva Lyla

Seeing an image like this makes me want to write  a story that would fit perfectly into  this scene.

If you could write a story, what would happened at this location?


April 17, 2014

[She-Rose]: Joanie`s narratives of Nature, Heritage and Self Love

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I had the pleasure of meeting this local artist at a gathering of the minds (so to speak) for women. Ever since that meeting I’ve had the pleasure of communicating with her outside of the group and I have learned that not only is she an artist but, an inspiring and empowering individual.  Joanie is a Jill of all trades; photographer, painter and writer.  And here’s her powerful narrative:


  1. Who is Joanie and what inspires you as a woman and as an artist?

I am a happily married Mama of 2 and come from a family full of Women. In my East Indian culture, although Women do so much, there still can be a real gender divide. As part of this diaspora I feel that it is not only a responsibility to myself, but also to my daughter and all of those Women who have struggled to find their voice. I have to tell my story, to express myself in a variety of ways through my art, photography and writing. All are therapeutic too! I feel a release when I have completed a piece, not only a sense of accomplishment, but like I was able to transfer both positive and negative emotions through my works.


2.  I can tell, from your photography and paintings, that you have a close connection with Nature. Was the connection always there? If not, how did the relationship between you and Nature commenced?

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I have always loved nature and all of it’s many faces of beauty! I grew up in a small town and as a child we played outdoors, in the forest, lots of camping and connecting to our Grandmother Earth. I can see with my children,that they are at their happiest when they can just run free in blades of grass, pick flowers, catch bugs and frogs, or just lie down and see what we see in the clouds. I feel that we have a lot of concrete under and around us, so getting in touch nature, getting our hands dirty is what we were always meant to do!


3. I can see that you work with jewelry and textiles as well. How did that aspect of your art get started?

I am from India and up until recently I had lost touch with my roots. I feel this intense need to reconnect with all things Indian, to learn more about my culture and to be able to teach and pass a little on to my children. Being in Canada and a part of this melting pot it’s easy to lose your own culture. I took a 5 week trip with my Mom and traveled North to South India and my eyes were opened wide to all of it’s immense beauty and I brought some textiles and jewellery back with me.


4.  As I mentioned to you before, the theme for April is Rebirth.  How has the word “Rebirth” played a role in your life as an artist?

My art is ever changing and transforming kind of like me. I feel like evolution is a daily thing and this is seen in my art, photography and writing. Every day, every piece is a sort of rebirth. I always feel that I have changed in some way after every piece of work and walk away feeling like a new person!

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5. I love using the work “insane creative”. They are individuals who have learned to tap into their uniqueness instead of living by society’s standards. You are definitely an “insane creative”.  Could you share a snippet of your journey to embracing your uniqueness?

Wow, thank you! I’ve been called both of those words but never together ;)

As a child, I knew I was creative but being an ‘artist’ when I grow up, was not an option.  Now, in my 40′s and after my Dad’s passing, I know that I have to be true to myself and what makes me me! I have decided that in this latter half of my life I will shine my light as bright as I can and enjoy this journey of self-discovery!

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6.  What’s one piece of advice that you would love to give other aspiring artists?

Never ever compromise your truth and your expression for anything or anyone! Be you to the fullest and all else will fall into place. And what I am learning now is that not everyone will like your art but some will love it;)

7.  I love quotes! Could you share a quote that is near and dear to your heart and let us know why this quote is so important to you?
That’s a hard one! This one hits home to everyone. I know it’s more than one, but the message is clear!
  “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”                                  ~ Maya Angelou
Thank you Joanie for sharing your art and your truth with us.  To find more info on Joanie, you can find her on Facebook  ( and don’t forget to like her page). 
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An Open Letter: the Art of Pharrell


Dear Pharrell,


Man you got some intense layers. Your ability to transform and move and create in spaces that are unconventional …..excites me. YOU ARE AN INSANE C  R  E  A  T  I  V  E.

Let me address your musical spirituality: your ability to see sounds in colour, read vibrations with  your feelings and get down with your bad self.  All the more reason of why I LOVE YOU!

You use words like “little left of center” and “A  L  I  E  N” and “method to the madness” which evokes in me a tribal unity with your soul. So,  we must be cut from the same cloth. Actually we  all are: we all are interconnected. We are Other ( in your words)…right??!!!

Speaking of being Other; you are definitely “Other” by  speaking up for women’s rights and having an unique understanding of the power of Woman.

Your S  T  Y  L  E. I can go on forever about your style but, let me say this; keep doing what you do. Your individuality shows that it’s not about what a guy should wear or what’s popular, you show the importance of finding one’s own narrative and exercising  self-expression. Hello…the hat says it all.  (P.S. I love Dame V West too!! )

Now, let’s talk about your interview with Oprah; I loved it! And when you  cried..I cried.  It was so refreshing to hear you express your truth. I respect your ability to show that you’re not perfect and that you are aware of all the people who’ve played a part in your success.

You quoted:

“You should not find confidence outside your mirror”

When you mentioned that you found freedom in realizing that  trying to be a “Jay-Z” and a “P. Diddy” would always make you second, hit a chord with me.  It re-birthed in me a confirmation that I  need to constantly evaluate self and ensure that my truth is really MY TRUTH and not a carbon copy of someone else.

You also quoted:

“The answer was sleeping in the question all along”

Tell me about it! This past year was my moment of realizing that the answers were right there in front of me. And that the universe is here to assist me not fight against me ( and I know you are a big believer of that).

And this quote left a strong impression:

“There was more braggadocio than  purpose and attention”

Amen. My new daily reminder to myself is to stop talking and focus on what I need to get done. I came to realized that there is a difference between talking to say what I plan on doing and talking to actual manifest what I want to happen.

In conclusions, I just have to say, there’s so much wisdom that lives in you; I say, WRITE A BOOK but, until then, I , of course, will always be your faithful F  A  N…forever..forever, ever…forever, ever ( in my OutKast voice).



N  A  M  A  S  T  E , 


Joanna (filled with) Joy



*Image via HighSnobiety


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Art-gasm: She

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“She” by Kirsty Warman. Acrylic

 Last night I had a dream that I was fighting with myself.  I think  it’s a sign that I need to investigate (especially since my “Rebirth” day is coming up)  who is “She”: Joanna Joy?


What resonates in your when you look at this painting? 

April 14, 2014

Weekend Project: Solitude

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I am realizing how important my mind needs the opportunity to be silent. And how badly my soul needs it too.

I have discovered that,

There is SOUL-ace in Solitude

Solace is finding comfort in solitude but, SOUL-ace is finding divine connection with oneself in solitude.  I feel that it is time for me to devote larger periods of time to solitude.  I need to start saying no to my “to do” list and start saying yes to me finding rest in my presence.

I’ve been so busy these past couple of  months that I don’t remember the last time I sat and let my thoughts flow into my mind.  I don’t remember the time I let creativity move me instead of forcing myself to be move and create.

After devoting extra time this week to solitude, I was able to discover that I was carrying a burden of guilt but, I was too busy running around to realize it.  My daughter experienced a situation where she was “bullied” and I felt that I could have done more for her. Stifling the guilt made a blockage; I couldn’t create and I couldn’t function. Also, I was unconsciously thinking of negative thoughts of me as a parent and as an individual. Imagine…I was able to realize all of this through my solitude!  

For this week’s WEEKEND PROJECT, I encourage you to be inspired by your soul. Find moments to be by yourself and within yourself; your thoughts. Let your creative energy guide you!


Have a great Weekend,



My Style Narrative

Top, Pants (I distressed it myself) and Bunny ears  from Forever 21

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Jamea Richmond’s Stories of Rebirth

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“Power, as in Actualization” Ink, Charcoal and mixed media collage on board

Jamea Richmond’s  Ink and Charcoal pieces are the most accurate visual interpretation of the word REBIRTH. The titles of each piece are just as crucial as the art themselves and assists in linking everything together.

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“Power, as in Actualization” Ink, Charcoal and mixed media collage on board (close up)

“Sacrifices for Sacrifices” Ink, and charcoal on board

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“If You Look Closely, You Will See God” Ink, Charcoal and Mixed Media Collage on board

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“If You Look Closely, You Will See God” Ink, Charcoal and Mixed Media Collage on board (Close Up)

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“Cost of Making Her Rise” Ink, and charcoal on board

These pieces are currently on exhibit at DC Art Centre.


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The Art of Female

I have the pleasure of knowing one of the females in this video ( who is part of the group called Deuce N Dip ) and when she  posted this video up on her FB, I had to share it with the rest of you.  This video is the perfect union of movement in body and movement in thought; Anna Lieberman’s poetry called “Female”.

Seeing these women perform this poetry with such passion REBIRTHed in me a new appreciation in the art of being female. While dancing in unison and in solitude, at parts, they illustrate the idea that even when we aren’t physically together, we are still connected.  And when our forces are joined together, great things will happen!

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Common Thread

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“Common Thread” by Cindy Steiler

There is an invisible thread that connects us all together. Just be cautious that these threads, that are usually more visible in our close relationships, continues to teach and connect us and not hinder us from growth.

Victorian Style Narratives

When I was younger (and still to this day),  I had a deep appreciation for the Victorian Era. I, of course, was immediately connected to the costumes that were shown in movies and described in books. And I also admire the way love was expressed and the art of feminine mannerisms and protocol  however, I thought it would be impossible to be African descent, dress in that way and live in that time …but, I was wrong. I wanted to share with you these great images  that I was able to access from Collar City Brownstone via AfroPunk. These photos rebirth  a love for this period and it lets my inner child know…yes, it was possible.

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Happy Friday!

Here’s an inspiration board called THE REBIRTH OF LOVE for this week’s Weekend Project: write, draw, paint, sew ….create something that shows inspiration from the board above ( or make your own inspiration board). 

For the last couple of months, the idea of  love has been rebirthed in me.  I’ve been so inspired by the idea of LOVE….not being in love with someone …or watching romantic movies…just an organic understanding of Love and its transforming power.  I decided to use hands as my symbolic image of LOVE. I find that the hand is a great representation of love flowing from one being to another. The hand can be used for healing, creating and supporting.  And the hand shows connection and unity.

I hope my board inspires a rebirth of love in your life and inspires you to create this weekend!

*** I have been playing this song (below) so much this week. It was the trigger that inspired the idea for the board (I also used stills from the video within my board). She’s such a great artist. Check out the video below.


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Art-GASM: Welcome

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“Welcome” by  Laura Giorgi 

What could this figure be welcoming?

If this figure was you, what would you be welcoming into your life?