RAW:Denver Presents OVATION

Khiri Samantha Lee-RAW Denver presents OVATION (1)

I am so excited to have been invited to RAWartists showcase in Denver this fall.

The event is an inspiring combination of visual artists, performers, musicians, fashion designers and more. I am attending as a visual artist and will be sharing my “Sphere’s of Self Realization” series with everyone, as well as other shields and mandalas.

Tickets are $22 and if you follow my link it helps cover my cost to participate in the event. Hope to see you all there! Its going to be so much fun.

http://www.rawartists.org/magicksocks.

RAW’s Mission 

To serve independent artists with tools, resources, education and exposure needed to thrive and succeed in their creative careers.

RAW showcases indie talent in visual art, film, fashion & accessories design, music, performance art, beauty, and photography.

RAW is a fun and alternative way for creatives to showcase both to their local community and the world-at-large.

We are not your average art show. We are loud, colorful, creative, and all about our artists. We are RAW.

Current Exhibition @ Fresh Thymes

I am so happy and honored to have my art up at the delicious Fresh Thymes Eatery.

My Celestial Beings Series is up through the end of July at Fresh Thymes and I love how it looks on their rustic wooden wall. They are also available for sale. There are only 9 of these beauties so go check them out today. They all need loving homes and I think they radiate with goodness. The “Celestial Beings” series was inspired by a collaboration with Turning the Wheel to create “The Good Box” 

The project was focused on reclaiming the word good as a positive meditation word and resulted in the creation of 30 affirmation cards all with a phrase about the innate goodness in all of us. My art is featured on the cards, and I played an important hand in the final design. After the completion of the deck of cards I felt activated to create more paintings inspired by the goodness all around us. The “Celestial Beings” Series grew organically from this starting point.

I hope you enjoy them!

Fresh Thymes Eatery 

Address: 2500 30th St #101, Boulder, CO 80301
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Dance Shrines – Current Inspiration

I’ve blogged about my little shrine assemblages many times and I am happy to say that I am at the end of the exploration. This past month I used up the last of my little wooden plaques in the best set of shrines I have created to date!

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The latest series of shrines are all dedicated to my love of dance, specifically tribal fusion belly dance, which I have been practicing on and off for the past 6 years. This last summer I jumped back into the practice and it has been so rich and fulfilling that I felt called to make art that came from the inspiration I feel from the colorful costumes and intricate dancing. I also want to shout out to my troupe, The Tribal Misfits, for being such fun to dance with and to my instructor Ashanti, who is one of the most creative people I have ever met. Thanks!

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Creating the shrines boils down to three steps:

First I find and create the focal image for the shrine. For this collection I used stills from performances of myself and other troupe members. I started looking for fresh images but eventually came back around to using images from my elements series I created in 2014. I then set about watercoloring the dancing figures on watercolor, which is one of my most treasured art activities.

 

Second, I decorate the actual wooden part of the shrine. IMG_8348.JPGThis generally involves a combination of decoupage, painting, and spontaneity. Decoupage is the lovely process of gluing papers and other decorative pieces to an object. I like combining handmade papers, tissue papers, and recycled clippings from cards, gift wrap, and other notions to create a blend of layers and colors. I also decided to spray paint some of the shrines, and also revisit some old patterns drawn on with paint pen that I loved back in 2014. I like all the different textures created from the different techniques.

Third, I put the two pieces together, integrating the dancing figures into the decorated shrine. This sometimes involves adding additional elements to blend the foreground with the background and other times simply means gluing the figure on top of everything to create a more bold composition. I have two of each figure in this series, which appeals to my sense of variety.

I was also pleased to resolve to shrines that had been lying around in my studio unfinished since I started working with them in 2014. They’ve traveled halfway across the country and back, and it feels so good to say with confidence that they are complete!

These shrines, and others, will be for sale at A Place to B’s Summertime Swap and Sell on July 22nd.

If you can’t wait till then – please contact me!

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Gelli Print Scrolls

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Butterfly in the Garden Print over Gelli Print Circle

Recently I have been working on a series of hanging gelli print “scrolls.” I started the series while visiting my husband who was working in Chicago for a month last year. While there, I was itching to paint and ended up impulse buying a big round gelli plate, acrylic paints, and a roll of paper.

Gelli Plates are an extremely fun and versatile form of monoprinting. You simply apply some acrylic paint to the plate and then away you go! I was introduced to them by my good friend at Turning the Wheel, and I have incorporated them into workshops and other artistic projects.

Our Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It’s easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a Gelli plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool! -From the Gelli Arts Website

My original plan was to cut the circles out of the paper and collage them into later projects. However, once I had completed a few rounds of the prints I decided I really liked how the gradient of prints looked and began plotting how to keep them intact.

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Unfurling the Scrolls after Storage.

After a bunch of trial and error I figured out how to glue a dowel to the top and bottom of the series. I also continued printing and working on the circles so they felt less rough. I splurged a second time on a set of new stamps featuring children playing and butterflies in a garden. Using the same acrylic printing techniques I incorporated the stamps into the prints. I love how each scroll tells a story from top to bottom, or bottom to top, depending on where the eye wanders first.

The scrolls will be on display in the near future at a Boulder Venue. Visit my website for a list of upcoming events: www.khirilee.com

Shrine Project: Stretching, Striving, Grasping, Reaching, Dreaming

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Shrine Project: Stretching, Striving, Grasping, Reaching, Dreaming

This is my favorite piece from my Shrine Project that I have been working on tirelessly for the past two weeks.

Years ago in the VAC at the University of Colorado I found a small row of fences in a free box. I was immediately drawn to the scale and shape of the fence pieces and made a small set of collages as gifts for my friends at Solstice.

Many moons later I am finally pursuing the project I had in mind more deeply. I have been curious to explore themes of childhood, spirituality, and the goddess. These little shrines have become the perfect vehicle for expressing different emotions I feel toward my own spirituality, especially in relation to soul journey work I have done to delve deeper into my own childhood stories and inner goddess woman. I want to stray away from known goddess images and instead invoke universal themes.

This piece speaks to times of solitude I had as a child and the inspiration that comes from being in that place. It really resonates with me right now, as I am kind of back in that space in my life having just moved to Chicago. I am considering adding text to these works, but at the moment nothing is really coming to me. Every time I put pen to paper to write poetry or verse in relation to the images it feels really forced. I’m going to let it stew around for awhile and see if anything changes.

More to come later !

 

ps. I really need a new camera. The one on my phone is shot, and the little point and shoot I took to BM won’t turn on. >_<