As we round the corner to my birthday week, I’ve been thinking about ways to ease the suffering and share the joy. So I’m trying an experiment…a Birthday Art Fundraiser.
Here’s how it works:
– All the works below are original oil paintings on paper, matted and framed as seen in the first picture below.
– They are all selling for $225.
– $150 from each sale will be donated to the COVID 19 Artist Trust Relief Fund.
– This art sale will run through Friday, April 10 at 11:59pm.
– If you’re in the Seattle area, we can arrange a no contact, in person delivery. (Otherwise free shipping anywhere in the US.)
What we get:
1) I get the joy of knowing my art is living on and bringing joy (Best Birthday Gift Ever!!!)
2) You get an original piece of art to dress your walls, and that whole hearted feeling of knowing you’re supporting a living artist and a good cause.
3) Artists everywhere will feel the love through the emergency relief efforts of Artist Trust, an organization I hold in high regard.
So…what say ye?? Dress your walls! Celebrate my birthday with me!🎈
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2018
Contact: Eliaichi Kimaro
MY LIFE IN 24 FRAMES
PopUp Exhibit & Artist Talk explores being a queer, mixed-race, Black-skinned daughter of immigrants in today’s America
Seattle, WA – Local artist, Eliaichi Kimaro will be presenting the latest paintings in her encaustic mixed media series, “My Life in 24 Frames” on Tuesday, October 23 from 6-7:30pm at Columbia City Gallery. At 6:30pm, there will be a brief talk where the artist will share the inspiration behind these paintings.
“My Life in 24 Frames examines what it means to be living in my skin, in my body, in this country, at this moment in time…”
Eliaichi has lectured around the world, engaging audiences in conversations about how our experiences of gender, culture, and trauma shape our sense of identity and belonging. Eliaichi uses every media necessary to explore the stories she has inherited, and the stories she is passing down; and her creations invite us all to consider where we stand in the flow of cultural inheritance and legacy. Over the years, her lens has shifted — from her father’s Tanzanian/Chagga culture (in her 2011 film, A Lot Like You) to her mother’s Korean culture (in her 2017 multi-media installation, The Truth Has No Borders), and now to her own US culture with My Life in 24 Frames.
A Lot Like You won 6 Best Documentary Awards. The journey of her film culminated in her TEDxSeattle talk, Why The World Needs Your Story. Last year, Eliaichi was the Artist-in-Residence for COCA’s Storefronts [UN]Contained Residency, and in 2018, she was the recipient of the Artist Trust Fellowship, the CityArtist Grant through Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and a scholarship from the International Encaustic Association.
Eliaichi has served on numerous non-profit Boards, art grant panels, film festival juries, museum exhibition planning committees, and advisory committees. She is a member artist at Columbia City Gallery and the Center on Contemporary Art Gallery, and a juried member of the City of Seattle’s Ethnic Artist Roster.
“My Life in 24 Frames”
Columbia City Gallery
4864 Rainier Ave. S.,
Seattle, WA 98118
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6-7:30pm
6-7:30: Public exhibit of new paintings
6:30: Artist Talk
EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Eliaichi Kimaro (https://elikimaro.com/) is an award-winning filmmaker and artist who finds beauty in the rusty, weathered and worn. She loves the stories that scars hold ~ and feels compelled to take those stories of struggle, resistance, and survival, and turn them into something beautiful to behold.
This project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the
2018 CityArtist Grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.
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UPDATE: This shop was live for the month of October only, and is now offline.
The remaining SOLO pieces are available for sale
through Columbia City Gallery (Seattle).
. . . . .
Original SOLO paintings now available for purchase in my shop!
All paintings are oil & cold wax on 9″x 12″ Arches Oil Paper, and come with 11″x 14″ matte and backboard.
20% of proceeds go to the Coalition Ending Gender Based Violence
for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
So excited to share this news with you!!!!
It was just announced that I am one of 16 recipients of the 2018 Artist Trust Fellowship ~ “an unrestricted grant program that awards $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability.” (You can read the full press release here.) I am in awe of all that Artist Trust does to support the arts and artists across Washington state! And I am grateful to the Jurors for their time and thoughtful deliberation — and for their kind consideration of my application. Having served on numerous film festival and grant juries, I’m aware what a time and energy commitment it is to review and deliberate over hundreds of submissions…
This news has me Standing Taller and Breathing Deeper. With this generous Fellowship, I will finally have the time and resources to complete the ambitious project I started during my COCA residency last year. The Truth Has No Borders is a multi-media installation that integrates 40 years exploring my family narrative through writing, music, film and art.
And finally, a Huge congrats to my fellow Fellows! I am deeply honored to be in the company of so much Excellence.
For me, the journey is everything. I am far more interested in the process of becoming than I am in the final state of being. The journey is dynamic, energetic – constantly evolving, transforming and expanding. While creating, I exist in a suspended state of not-knowing. I open myself up to what my painting is showing me, and then intuitively respond to it. This dialogue of discovery is what I crave.
As a self-taught artist and creative storyteller, I am constantly reinventing myself, learning whatever medium it takes to tell the story that is emerging. Over the past 40 years, I have used writing, music, photography, film, storytelling, and now encaustics to explore my personal/family narrative.
The paintings in this show hang together loosely. They demonstrate new directions I am exploring in my work (using mark-making, texture, and organic materials to tell a story.) Some of these pieces came into being fully-formed. Some were labors of love, with 2-3 completely different paintings living beneath the surface. And still others have yet to find their final form.
While I am in love with the current incarnation of these paintings, I know some will be radically transformed when they return to my studio – melted, scraped down, carved into, painted over. But as a lover of process, I believe that even our evolving selves deserve an occasional spotlight…to be seen, witnessed and lovingly considered in our current form.
The EMERGE show at the Columbia City Gallery (Seattle) is currently exhibiting through Sunday, May 13.
The most consistent comment I’m hearing about this body of work is that these are pieces that need to be seen live and up close. So if you’re in the Columbia City neighborhood, please stop by! (Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 11-7).
With my title banner done, and the first “layer” of paper panels with family image transfers complete, I went to the shipping container today to do a quick install. I took this short 30 second video with my phone to capture the look and feel of the piece.
I also wanted to test the sound. I will not be playing the audio from my movie. Instead, I will be playing field recordings I gathered while filming on Mt. Kilimanjaro. I have 2+ hours of Chagga women elders singing the work songs they would traditionally sing to keep their energy and spirits up. I have slowed the track down, and added a slight reverb that plays beautifully in the shipping container.
It’s so exciting to see this piece coming together!! I can’t wait to see how this space feels when I add more layers of paper to give a feeling of depth extending all the way to the back of this cavernous shipping container. The layers of paper panels are not meant to be an actual screen for viewing the film — but rather, a surface to be illuminated with color and light. The moving images of my family on Mt Kilimanjaro will illuminate the Korean side of my family, extending back generations, embedded in the paper. I have lots of paper panels awaiting image transfers…but at least the way forward is clear. It’s just work. I know I can do that.
Going thru so many family photos today, feeling profoundly still and in the flow, cracked wide open, and aware of how intertwined love and grief are for me in this moment. Really feeling the beauty and depth and value that age brings as I reflect on the complexities of our real lived lives. looking deeply into the faces of those who came before, I can see the indelible imprint of their love in Lucia’s being. Been crying on and off all day, feeling so very grateful for these creative openings….
After a week of hacking and wheezing, I’m happy to be back in the studio for a full day of making art. Lots of catching up to do. Today I’m making the title banner for my show — using the letters cut from my journal pages. Still have a full night of fusing ahead of me…
For 40 years, journal writing has been my key to unlocking my story. I write to explore the stories I’ve inherited about who I am and where I come from, and to examine the stories I am passing down to my kid.
This journal writing has also served as my gateway to art. When stories surface in my pages, I figure out the best medium to express these emerging stories, I immerse myself in learning a new creative language — film to explore Dad’s side of the family, encaustic mixed media for Mom’s side.
So today, I pulled out 40 years of journals, and then took a stencil and paper cutter to the pages to carve out the letters for my title banner…