IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST“I would go to Edith Wharton’s New York in the late 1800’s and dress exceptionally well…”

IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST

The Interview – Part 2

Answered By Martha Ewence

I use metaphors like ‘ The Watchful Satan’ and  ‘ Scrolling Down Godswhen expressing my views on artificial intelligence and social media.  Which metaphors would you use regarding the internet intrusion in human life? And what is your philosophical view on how most technology improvement seems to rather kick off chunks of people out of the board or invade their way of life changing it forever?

There is no ‘one way’ to use the internet. It reflects our lives. There are good things and really awful things. Things change in a social sense at a grindingly slow pace. In my internet bubble, our attitudes to Trans people in particular are at odds with what happens to trans people in the real world. This is also true of sex workers and people (immigrants and refugees) that live in Direct Provision in Ireland. Young men and women are dying at the hands of our health service from curable physical and mental ailments. Women are dying because cervical cancer is not caught early enough by the HSE, people are committing suicide because they are being discharged from mental wards. My internet algorithm reflects a lot of this pain and life experience back to me and when I am able to deal with it, I try to  support the people who are suffering. Liking a tweet doesn’t really help a whole lot though. These are systemic issues.

If given a choice of rather going back in history or forward into the future; which time, place or event would you aim to witness, participate or die in? And why? Or if you choose instead to visit tomorrow, what would daily life look like? And who do you imagine yourself being?

I would go to Edith Wharton’s New York in the late 1800’s and dress exceptionally well and enjoy myself! Or maybe Anna Karenina’s Russia but perhaps without the overbearing men! I would just be wistful in a beautiful place and live vicariously through my children. I would love to be surrounded by snow for six months of the year. Also I am kind of interested in Eastern European food. My Dad is half German so I grew up on goulash, strudel and dumplings. It is hard to choose just one destination. I would also love to be in Berlin in the late eighties. The breadth of historical change that takes place in that city in only the last thirty years is really fascinating.

Copyright© Martha Ewence

About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

SEE NEW ARTICLES HERE

Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2022

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

 Edge of Humanity Magazine project.

ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

See more ART on Edge of Humanity Magazine

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IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST“I would like to sit by a stream, maybe die and come back as a fern tree,…”

IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST

The Interview – Part 4 

Answered By  A.W. Mundt-Davis

 I use metaphors like ‘  The Watchful Satan’ and  ‘  Scrolling Down Godswhen expressing my views on artificial intelligence and social media.  Which metaphors would you use regarding the internet intrusion in human life? And what is your philosophical view on how most technology improvement seems to rather kick off chunks of people out of the board or invade their way of life changing it forever?

I was a tech for a university for a while. Well, my experience with that field, I do say, troubles me: to be more clear, when the field, or some of its components, are set on helping the value and quality of the machine and forget how to interact with people, and value the machine over the people they come into contact with regularly, I have to play Pink Floyd, regularly, to balance my emotions, Radiohead, too. That journey of missing out on my education has encouraged me to study ludites, and try to save money for an unplug tattoo. Again, others smarter than me have already reported on this, by design, by design, it’s designed to keep you connected at all times, the profile, is a representation of AI, and the business, and the platform, want you there, sitting, not moving, mindfully scanning away its research, its development, all the while, self-serving, making life an obstacle to our wants harkons a philosophical mind smarter than me, in Kierkegard, teleologically, that professors tell me struggled philosophically with the concept of heaven, when people just wanted to bypass all the problems and just get to it without living, except there’s heaven in a convenient device that can fit in your pocket, while culture and other things of intrinsic value, just goes to the wayside. I compare the effect of typing into a search engine with scrying through a crystal ball.

If given a choice of rather going back in history or forward into the future; which time, place or event would you aim to witness, participate or die in? And why? Or if you choose instead to visit tomorrow, what would daily life look like? And who do you imagine yourself being?

Oh, gosh, oh gosh. I’d like to go back to prehistory. I’m aiming at reliving cave painting and celebrating female huntresses apart of hunting packs, instead of the female compartments the patriarchy, developed later on, or would want with which into force them (same compartments I speak out against), and to celebrate in that female strength. I’d like to see pass the pandemic tomorrow, people putting down clubs, warheads, guns, protecting each other, I would be much greyer then, I would like to sit by a stream, maybe die and come back as a fern tree, maybe animals would sleep next to me, birds could make nests in me, what birds are left. Maybe the air is cleaner to breathe. Perhaps, there’s a group out in front of me, testing the stream, working to protect it, and the ecosystem I’m a part of, maybe there’s camp outs where others learn about survival, and use some limbs I’ve dropped to create survival huts for the night, or there own artificial light well into the night by which they perform sketches and songs; maybe someone would sit ‘neath me and write a poem.

Copyright© A.W. Mundt-Davis

About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

SEE NEW ARTICLES HERE

Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2022

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

 Edge of Humanity Magazine project.

ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

See more ART on Edge of Humanity Magazine

Art * Digital Art * Fine Art PhotographyStill Life Photography * Landscape Photography * Night Photography  Aerial Photography * Conceptual PhotographyUnderwater Photography * Architectural Photography 

See also:

Photography Articles *  Photography Book Recommendations  ART Book Reviews

Press Release For Artists, Photographers, Poets & Writers On Edge of Humanity Magazine

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IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST“I learned that I was allowed to live my life the way I was able to and the way that I wanted to.”

Written By Martha Ewence

The Comfort of Art

I don’t write because I want to, not really. I kind of need to. I’ve been sick for a very long time, mentally ill. Finding balance in the last twelve years of my life has been nigh-on impossible. Highs and lows, crushing lows. College was a very chaotic time for me. I lost as many friends as I made, I drank too much, had horrible trips, slept with too many men. I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t think that there was anything I could control. Apart from writing. Whether it was writing appointments in my multiple diaries, taking notes in lectures or journaling through pain and tears, writing somehow made me feel like I had control in what was a messy and painful existence. I’ve been “at my most well ever” for the last year now. With covid my life slowed down and I learned that I preferred life at a slower pace. I learned that I was allowed to live my life the way I was able to and the way that I wanted to. Slowly my love of art and culture, my creativity came back. It started slow, I watch beautiful films, Wes Anderson in particular, I walked in the West Cork countryside and when I was allowed I went to Kerry and wept at the beauty of the sea. I cycled a lot, I did workouts, I started watching YouTube. After the third lockdown I started going to art galleries. I noticed that art helped me, the alone time renewed me. My interests were returning. One day when I least expected it I wrote a poem, and then another. And here I am.

The Interview – Part 1

Which character flaw do you despise the most and how do you deal with these individuals during an unavoidable encounter? 

I think the characteristic that I would find most repulsive in a character would be ‘entitlement’. Growing up with an English accent in a small townland in Cork where everyone plays Gaelic hurling and football, often made me feel like I was different. I was told my accent and my talent for English and my chronic shyness made me ‘posh’ when in fact I was just culturally different. When I went to university, I encountered people who were trying to find themselves and struggling. Some of them aired their pain in hurtful ways. For me that is the essence of entitlement.

Copyright© Martha Ewence

About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

SEE NEW ARTICLES HERE

Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2022

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

 Edge of Humanity Magazine project.

ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

See more ART on Edge of Humanity Magazine

Art * Digital Art * Fine Art PhotographyStill Life Photography * Landscape Photography * Night Photography  Aerial Photography * Conceptual PhotographyUnderwater Photography * Architectural Photography 

See also:

Photography Articles *  Photography Book Recommendations  ART Book Reviews

Press Release For Artists, Photographers, Poets & Writers On Edge of Humanity Magazine

Support our Concept

COMMISSION FREE

CONTRACT FREE 

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NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY

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IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST“Several artists I interact with on a regular basis have wound up beat up, in local establishments…”

IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST

The Interview – Part 3

Answered By  A.W. Mundt-Davis

Where do you find more turbulence when looking at your belief system?  And how much influence, if any, has your art had in the way you navigate through these rough waters? 

So, the turbulence is in the belief system itself: it’s always a riddle, it’s always on the minds of family members, on their TVs, on their cell phones. It’s on the minds of friends that struggle, it’s in the minds of those who interact with my art. They have all become the authority on what I’m supposed to believe, and while they’ll acknowledge evolution, overall, as a species, they’ll simultaneously refute my belief, deaf to me the next passing moment, just as fast as they reiterated their stance.

I’m not cool, or very popular, and society has made certain decisions when interacting with me, regularly. I mentioned I am a victim of molestation and rape, beliefs in themselves have been spawned for me out of turmoil necessarily to survive. The beliefs I have have made me troubled in deciding whether to go on a walk. Several artists I interact with on a regular basis have wound up beat up, in local establishments, and good on the staff that has been there at those times.

As I look at my own words I use, even in this interview I could find a number of words that could particularly trigger some individuals.

This topic intersects with my lifestyle choices: a happily married, omnisexual, Scotts-American male, who fancies socialism, wears his heart on his sleeve, and worries about many groups he might not represent in body, but in spirit. The songs “Relax” and “Land” come to mind. The former because of the refrain in wanting adult connections with other males when the area/society despises it, and the latter because Patti Smith somehow knew about me before I was born. The art has been necessary, um not for profit, mind you, but just to sustain life’s breath, a breath that can be exceptionally hard and critical towards folks sometimes.

Copyright©  A.W. Mundt-Davis

About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

SEE NEW ARTICLES HERE

Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2022

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

 Edge of Humanity Magazine project.

ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

See more ART on Edge of Humanity Magazine

Art * Digital Art * Fine Art PhotographyStill Life Photography * Landscape Photography * Night Photography  Aerial Photography * Conceptual PhotographyUnderwater Photography * Architectural Photography 

See also:

Photography Articles *  Photography Book Recommendations  ART Book Reviews

Press Release For Artists, Photographers, Poets & Writers On Edge of Humanity Magazine

Support our Concept

COMMISSION FREE

CONTRACT FREE 

online platform for artist to sell their creations

NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY

Please

DONATE

Thank you!

IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST“…the character flaws I thought I saw in someone all along turn out to be projections of my own.”

IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST

The Interview – Part 2

Answered By A.W. Mundt-Davis

Which character flaw do you despise the most and how you deal with these individuals during an unavoidable encounter? 

Insensitivity: interacting with others, being social (such the challenge it was, even before isolation), forces me to look at who we all are; someone wiser than me wrote that the magic happens “in-between”, those spaces that aren’t labeled, in the “unknown”, what we may identify as nervous negatively might be actually anticipation; I won’t remember where to find that (won’t remember which book), I go out of my way to find the places where you can gain different perspective, this comes up at the beginning of poemcrazy; it came up recently in an Academy webinar where Joy Harjo was speaking on the importance of testimony, so I do try to find the value beyond the flaw, sadly, because of who i am: cerebrally, emotionally, and molestations and rape, I have to be mindful who I interact with, many people easily take advantage of my inner child, I love to play, so that, probably, explains a bit about my choices in art, but that child can easily be taken advantage of, has been in the past, and I have to be mindful of how trusting I am, although it does put me in dangerous positions, others may not often find themselves, which is unique, talking to people I may not have talked to, otherwise, it’s a very curious balancing act. I’m not afraid to experiment. Too, I have to be guarded. Most of the time I find, later on, in the early morning, alone, that the character flaws I thought I saw in someone all along turn out to be projections of my own.

Is the relationship between you (the artist) and your art a healthy one? Or artistic growth comes with a price, and if so, what is it?

Artistic growth, hmm: um, this stage of my development has been integral for accumulating the interior with emotion, the hard part, but anticipation in revision, in words, in form, that try to make friendships and bridges with others beyond borders, beyond skin color, and transcending technology and beliefs. The price is that at the end of the day I leave some individuals infuriated with me and some of my judgements, but that price has reminded me in reflection, when I am shut out, I am an adult, I am funny, I do have value, to try to find the words, most the time crushing silence, to live with each other even when they may want to shoot me, and I’m dead serious. I will not compromise on trying to find the Hesiodic manual to get through this complex of dehumanization and unkindnesses that stack up, and I will not accept being shut out, overall. I will persist. I won’t be a prophet in the process. Sometimes I wish, in jest/seriousness, we could ingest shrooms and connect in unity with one another, again. Though, I’ll admit, it’s idealistic, and its absurdity.

Copyright© A.W. Mundt-Davis

About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

SEE NEW ARTICLES HERE

Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2022

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

 Edge of Humanity Magazine project.

ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

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IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST“…AND MY LIFE IN BETWEEN WITH TORMENTORS AND FRIENDS…”

IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST

The Interview – Part 1

Answered By A.W. Mundt-Davis

Describe the most joyful and/or the most painful artwork you ever created and why you qualified it as such. 

Recent poems have been the most painful, confessionally (painful in their material covering themes that culturally are, for better, or worse, sidelined).

Where they do intersect with individuals is a challenge to identify: either the associations with past historic events that present problems imaginatively for individuals, especially challenging that they require research and recall (for instance, a persona piece in the voice of Fulvia to Mark Antony, when she is pushed out of Senate and in exodus to Greece with their children, in the form of a fictitious epistle, while he just lounges away indulging himself with Cleopatra). Some of it is challenging because of how much I shake, or emotion I might be trying to control in the form ‘neath a pen on the page (especially notate mourning and grief, many losses that have been informing music I’ve written, or poems) . This kind of applies to one of your later questions I’ll come back to… Challenging because of the heartache with current issues and events that can simultaneously put me at odds with some people I love (a family love, you can’t get rid of your family, but maybe you don’t spend as much time with those particular individuals). A mentor came down with dementia, a person who inspired me to love words, and the devastation in watching that talent and control for language fail is very teary eyed to convey at the moment. Health has been especially challenging during this group of poems that culminate the last, I don’t know, math’s not a skill I can apply strongly, several decades(???), and my life in between with tormentors and friends, some of them go back to 2008 or prior, analogously digging up cadavers that have gone into the metaphorical grave, while others ask me, “Why does this matter?” “Isn’t poetry dead?” “You don’t believe that, do you?” “Oh, you’re one of them!” Pick your witch hunt. People can be especially critical, especially with the internet. Did I mention diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Degenerative Disk Disease? Particularly with the inherent male sex I have these diagnoses can put me, often, outside the social sphere most people inhabit, regularly,  taboo realms that makes it especially difficult to identify those with whom I relate.

Copyright© A.W. Mundt-Davis

About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

SEE NEW ARTICLES HERE

Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2022

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

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ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

See more ART on Edge of Humanity Magazine

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IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST | Value

IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST

The Interview – Part 3

Answered By Melissa LaFontaine

Which character flaw do you despise the most and how you deal with these individuals during an unavoidable encounter? 

I don’t know if character flaw is the right word for it, but I do tend to dislike those who consume, by any means necessary, other people’s attention without adding value to the lives of the people whose attention they have drawn. I’ve learned that resistance is futile with those types and they are best avoided at all cost.

Is the relationship between you (the artist) and your art a healthy one? Or artistic growth comes with a price, and if so, what is it?

The only price there is to be paid by being an artist, from my perspective, is that there is an acute loneliness when others cannot join you for the ride. Sometimes an artist goes too deep and our motivations can become lost in translation. Or the audience is interested in superficial and dissociation and entertainment which can create a feeling of having no utility or product that will provide income or value to society, making you question yourself or worse. It can feel like trying to sell honey to bees who somehow got themselves hooked on vinegar. You need to develop a will of steel to ride that insanity out and keep on producing accurate reflections of your soul and observations anyway.

Artist’s Profile

Melissa studied Studio Art and Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She creates artistic pieces that add visual narration to her written word. She uses a blog format to publish insightful reflections, poetry and essays about life, spirituality and trauma recovery. She is also the proud homeschool mom to a budding Rockstar and has dreams of one day owning an artist’s retreat and wellness center.

Melissa’s Website 

Copyright© Melissa LaFontaine

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About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

See New Articles HERE

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

 Edge of Humanity Magazine project.

ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

See more ART on Edge of Humanity Magazine

Art * Digital Art * Fine Art PhotographyStill Life Photography * Landscape Photography * Night Photography  Aerial Photography * Conceptual PhotographyUnderwater Photography * Architectural Photography 

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IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST “…this planet is alive and communicates readily we just have to shut the fuck up and listen.”

IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST

The Interview – Part 2

 I use metaphors like ‘ The Watchful Satan’ and  ‘ Scrolling Down Gods’ when expressing my views on artificial intelligence and social media.  Which metaphors would you use regarding the internet intrusion in human life? And what is your philosophical view on how most technology improvement seems to rather kick off chunks of people out of the board or invade their way of life changing it forever?

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Answered By Melissa LaFontaine

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There isn’t an easy answer to what is in front of humanity regarding our use of and dependence on technology. I think the best metaphor is the Great Annihilator. Whether that is bad or good is unknown because despite the endless predictions, misuse of data and almost inconceivable brainwashing, life has its own agenda. We might end up evolving faster than anyone can comprehend (or record) but we don’t just cease existing. As far as I can tell, there is nothing in nature or history to suggest that’s how things play out. We could end up opening doors to levels of physics that make things exponentially better for everyone. The biggest heartbreak I feel about the whole thing is how little people are taking advantage of the many openings for doing good that are available and how ready they still are -despite ample evidence and proof- to believe a lie and deny what they see with their own eyes.

I hold to the philosophy that everyone has the opportunity to take their Jesus trip, which includes any form of a sentient AI. The more enlightened we are, the more enlightened it could be. I think that’s what keeps the whole thing compelling and hard to walk away from, come what may.

Which is why it is important to truly understand that -for all our science- the true nature and intelligence of life -as a thing unto itself- is still quite beyond our verbal comprehension. It is valuable to see life as it is, to recognize that love and potential don’t abandon us just because we get in over our heads, and that perhaps we enjoy getting in over our heads to be reminded of that very fact. We can renew our commitment to taking care of the earth and its ability to grow healthy food and shelter for us absolutely any time we choose. I have no idea whatsoever why it’s taking something as potentially devastating as we are facing to get people to remember this instead of waiting for permission and a mortgage – this planet is alive and communicates readily we just have to shut the fuck up and listen.

Artist’s Profile

Melissa studied Studio Art and Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She creates artistic pieces that add visual narration to her written word. She uses a blog format to publish insightful reflections, poetry and essays about life, spirituality and trauma recovery. She is also the proud homeschool mom to a budding Rockstar and has dreams of one day owning an artist’s retreat and wellness center.

Melissa’s Website 

Copyright© Melissa LaFontaine

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About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

*

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

*

See New Articles HERE

*

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

 Edge of Humanity Magazine project.

ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

See more ART on Edge of Humanity Magazine

Art * Digital Art * Fine Art PhotographyStill Life Photography * Landscape Photography * Night Photography  Aerial Photography * Conceptual PhotographyUnderwater Photography * Architectural Photography 

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IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST “…I learned to go to the lonely places when I was young.”

Written By Kendra Hicks 

Mine Muscle

I create in a deep, deep mine. Terribly dark. Terribly lonely. My first couple of whacks ring through the halls and produce little, but when my pickax starts to fly, there is a steady stream of sparks that illuminate that dark place. Gems are uncovered, and there’s really nothing quite like seeing that first little sliver of ruby or the refraction of light in a diamond. Sometimes seeing something that lovely when alone makes the loneliness feel more acute, but lonely places are not necessarily unholy places. The Christ often withdrew to lonely places.

I am a Christian and I write. I keep thinking that I am a Christian writer, but my husband told me the truth. “You are a Christian author, but will not be regarded as one.” He’s right. I don’t write books with titles like “Holiness in Seven Minutes” or “Aunt Emma’s Amish Quilt Wedding Secret.” If the Christ “came unto His own yet His own did not receive Him,” why was I expecting anything different? And so, it is okay that I crawl down into the mine. Alone. It is okay.

I had a professor who explained to me why fiction isn’t lying. “We’re making meatloaf,” he said and then explained that the ingredients at hand are the events, the people, the sensory experiences we have had over our lifetimes. We combine them, bake them, and we have meatloaf. Or something to hang on the wall. Or a sculpture, poem, song . . . you get the idea. But there is something more about the miracle of creativity than this ingredient list—something he didn’t tell me, something mysterious I meet down in the mine. When it comes right down to it, I don’t think I’m actually alone down there.

I want to think that it is God that I am encountering in the mine. Antonio Salieri, Mozart’s rival, thought that it was God and upon meeting Mozart his house of thought crashed down. It would be nice if God granted genius in accordance with righteousness, but any one of us who is honest with herself would know that that is not the line for us and would have found another queue, perhaps the one for toilet paper, and joined it instead. It is best, really, if no form of Christ’s name is attached to my work, human that I am. If good comes of something I create, great. But if you tell me that something about my work is good, I want to laugh uncomfortably and back away, slither away, into the thick, wet grass—as untraceable as possible. I don’t know what the end fruit of any endeavor, or my own life, may be. Best to lay low.

Okay, so if the mysterious, creative force is not God and I do not believe in a palpable muse, what is it? What am I encountering in the lonely places? I can’t believe it’s just me there; I never feel that I can take full credit for my works. I can comfortably claim full credit for my silly nighttime dreams; I recognize myself in these horrible, twisted fragments. If anything is entirely my meatloaf, it is my nighttime dreams. I am thinking that maybe the mysterious, creative force is something like the case of Michael Jordan, born with talent but mostly he was a phenomenon born of practice, practicing constantly from the time he was a child, so much practice that muscle memory became a great force we didn’t fully appreciate in Mr. Jordan until we watched him try to wield a baseball bat. Perhaps I learned to go to the lonely places when I was young. My eyes saw the world differently, paid attention to things others thought unimportant, and kept practicing that skill and so what I encounter in the lonely places is a different sort of muscle memory, a type of paying attention that is unconscious but in a different way than nighttime dreams. I should keep going to the lonely places, down to the mines, and not try to become a surgeon now. Or a professional baseball player. We will all be safer for it.

Is it all an illusion anyway—the loneliness? I used to question exactly how real anything was when I was a child. My existence and the existence of others seemed doubtful. It seemed to me that the flimsy set around me might drop away into a bottomless void at the slightest gust of a cosmic wind. I would sit in church and wonder, if I turn around super-fast, will I find cardboard cutouts placed where the actors once sat? I could imagine the cutouts leaning in stiff postures while the actors stepped out to call home. Sick, I know.

I’ve matured a lot. Really. I now believe that we live in both reality and in illusion. Quite a leap, huh? Part of the reason I believe this is because of something that happens down in the mine, something quite opposite of what I expected in church as a child. When the ax is flying, the sparks are shining, and a really great gem is unearthed, I turn around super-fast and I catch them all watching me for just a second, a Polaroid shot extinguished as soon as the last spark dies: I see people in that split second: a figure from a poem, my deceased grandparents, my 1st grade teacher, a bright angel from a 17th century painting, and a host of others, eating my meatloaf, raising glasses filled with my fermented tears, laughing, congratulating each other, rejoicing with me over this great find, there with me in that beautiful moment in the mine.

Artist’s Profile

YA Author Kendra Hicks

Born in 1976, Odessa, Texas, USA

Currently living in an Amish community in Kansas

Kendra’s Website ,  YouTube

Copyright© Kendra Hicks

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About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ 

‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art.   By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others.  As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society.  If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.

This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives.  These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.

Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.

By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.

The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.

Interviews will also be included in this series.

To submit your article, get an invitation to participate or for more information on this new series please email jo@edgeofhumanity.com .

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

See New Articles HERE

The  NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is an

 Edge of Humanity Magazine project.

ABOUT

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.

OUR CONCEPT

Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.

WHY DISPLAY YOUR ART AT THE NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY?

The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

For details regarding participating in the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY please contact Joelcy Kay the curator at jo@edgeofhumanity.com.

See more ART on Edge of Humanity Magazine

Art * Digital Art * Fine Art PhotographyStill Life Photography * Landscape Photography * Night Photography  Aerial Photography * Conceptual PhotographyUnderwater Photography * Architectural Photography 

See also:

Photography Articles *  Photography Book Recommendations  ART Book Reviews

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