9elephants

Art, Exhibition, Narrative, Origin story, Story, Works In Progress

Backstory:  Twenty years ago, I was reeling from the upheaval of my Saturn returns. So I rented a beach cabin and spent 4 days in silent meditation, writing about what values I wanted to guide my life choices.

photo by Zorn B. Taylor

I came away from that retreat having whittled my list down to nine values…values that my spirit animal exemplifies. I got a tattoo of 9elephants as a reminder of the Being I aspired to be.

The theme of 9elephants has since informed my activism and filmmaking. It’s the name of my production company. These values formed the cornerstone of our wedding vows 16 years ago, and the foundation of my parenting principles 11 years ago. And so I suppose it was just a matter of time before this recurring theme manifested in art form…

 

5/8/18 – Starting my new biggie piece (36″²) while watching Hari Kondabolu’s Netflix special that dropped today!!! Wood glue burn of my Chagga nickname written in Korean — which will hint at land masses in the final piece. The paint palette will simply be the colors of the Tanzanian flag.  And so it begins, again…

 

5/8/18 – End of Day 1: I’ve been having WAY too much fun painting a background watercolor.  Most of this will be obscured when this is all done. But I am a big believer that all the energy, attention and intention I pour into each layer will be felt in the final piece. The beauty is in the making…

 

 5/12/18 – Saturday morning, added layers of encaustic and oils to this Biggie piece today. Reminds me of Tanzanian kitenge cloth.

 

5/18/18 – After putting this painting in Time Out for a week, I had a huge AHA! moment while writing this morning. My way forward with piece suddenly became clear. And now, instead of playing hookie today like I’d planned, I am completely Obsessed with bringing my vision to life!!! Folks who’ve known me a while can probably see where this piece is going…

 

5/18/18 – Looong day laying down the first layer of oils&cold wax over the encaustic mixed media base. Will take the weekend to let this piece set while I get to know these guys.

 

5/28/18 – Gilded my elephants in gold today. The diffuse light from our cloudy Seattle sky is just what these guys needed to bring out their bling 🙂

Shine On!

Art, Exhibition, Narrative, Origin story, Works In Progress

Every painting has an origin story.  My initial vision for this blog was to show the evolution of pieces, from start to finish.  (If I could, I would name my blog, “The Journey Is Everything.”)  You can track the progress of all my pieces on my Instagram feed.

Here is the origin story of Shine On – my rusty sunflower piece, which has taken on many forms over the past year…

8/12/17 – Wrote out my morning meditation on engaged, contemplative imagination. #BeginAgain

 

8/14/17 – Morning Meditation (final).  For my COCA Residency, I took this 24″x24″ white painting, and brought it to life in a 90″x 90″ 3D installation ~ The Truth Has No Borders.  This shipping container installation combined 40 years of work in writing, music, film and art into a single exhibit examining identity, family, culture and migration.

 

2/10/18 – I lied earlier when I posted the white painting, Morning Meditation, and said it was my “Final” layer. The following week, I was bored to death of it. So I taped it back up, and went back to work.

 

2/12/18 – Shoreline. Came downstairs to find the kid laying out wax scraps on my painting, telling me it needed more texture. So I spent the day fusing the wax scraps onto the painting, and adding silver leaf.

 

7/19/18 – And now, for something completely different.  I scraped and torched the Shoreline piece all the way down to the panel. 🔥🤩  The free write on the base of this panel was suffocating under the layers of valiant, earnest effort. Now it (and I) can finally breathe again.#BlowtorchTherapy #NoPanelLeftBehind #BeginAgain

 

7/31/18 – Today I return to a mostly empty studio, and start the day by making sunflower seeds ~a perfect meditation for beginning again.

 

8/1/18 – Got my first coat of rust on the sunflower seeds.

 

8/2/18 – Conquering fears today about not being able to draw by just painting these petals on free hand. More coats to follow. 😅 (I needed some way to pass time while the second coat of rust dried on the sunflower seeds!)

 

10/16/18Shine On! Applying new knowledge about color mixing to this piece, which is vying for a spot in pop-up exhibit/talk next week (“My Life in 24 Frames“, 10/23 at 6pm, Columbia City Gallery).

 

My Life in 24 Frames – Press release

Activism, Art, Exhibition, Narrative, Speaking, Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2018
Contact: Eliaichi Kimaro
Email: ekimaro@9elephants.org
Phone: 206.779.2653

 

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 Kimaro

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.

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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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Upcoming exhibit & talk

Art, Exhibition, Narrative, Speaking, Story

Please join me for this public pop-up exhibit of my series, “My Life in 24 Frames.”

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The most recent eight paintings in this series (created this year) explore how our humanity ~ our well-being and our suffering ~ is inextricably linked. Who we are, and how we live on this Earth, matters. Our death sustains and enables new life. And generations, like tides, continue to build on what came before.

Water is Life. Life is breath. Death births Life. Everything is Connected.

The Artist Talk will start at 6:30. I will share the inspiration and the stories behind these paintings, and then see where the conversation goes from there…

Eliaichi Kimaro
CityArtist Grant – Public Exhibit and Artist Talk

“MY LIFE IN 24 FRAMES”
Tuesday Oct. 23 from 6-7:30pm
Columbia City Gallery
4864 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98118

This project was made possible in part with the generous support of the 2017 CityArtist Grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.

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Fall/Winter 2018 – Upcoming Art Shows/Events

Art, Exhibition, Speaking

As the summer heats up, I’ve been busy working on commission projects and preparing for upcoming shows in the Fall/Winter. If you’re in Seattle, I hope you can join me at one of these. It would be lovely to see you!!!

AUGUST 2: SHIFT GALLERY INVITATIONAL EXHIBIT

I will be Stephanie Hargrave‘s “Plus One” at this upcoming invitational during next month’s First Thursday Pioneer Square Art Walk!!! (show runs through Aug. 25.) As a longtime superfan of Stephanie’s art for years, I am beyond excited to be showing alongside her! *swoon*

Opening Reception
SHIFT GALLERY INVITATIONAL EXHIBIT
312 S. Washington St., Seattle 98104
August 2 from 5-9pm

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AUGUST 3: NURTURE

Delighted to be teaming up once again with 5 artist friends to exhibit our encaustic mixed media work at Johnston Architects, as part of the Fremont Art Walk.

Opening Reception: NURTURE
Johnston Architects
100 NE Northlake Way, Suite 200
August 3 from 6-9pm

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SEPTEMBER 12: ARTIST TRUST INVITATIONAL POP-UP MARKET

Excited to be one of 20 artists invited to participate in this outdoor pop-up art market presented by Artist Trust in partnership with Amazon. I will be selling works with a range of price points (and premiering my original oil/cold wax paintings on paper) — so hopefully, there will be something for everyone…

Amazon Pop-Up Art Show
September 12 from 10-2
Amazon Van Vorst Plaza (South Lake Union)

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SEPTEMBER 21-22: COCA 24-HOUR ART MARATHON

I’ve just been invited to be a Marathon Artist for the Center on Contemporary Art’s 26th Annual Marathon & Auction!! Over 20 artists will spend 24 hours painting, drawing, constructing, spraying, waxing, sculpting, writing, etc. to bring into existence nearly 100 works of art. These works will be auctioned off in silent and live auctions starting at 5:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 22. Artists get 50% of the sale price.

COCA ART MARATHON & AUCTION
The Summit
420 E. Pike St. (Capitol Hill).
Friday, September 21 at 10am: Art Marathon starts
Saturday, September 22 at 5:30: Silent & Live Art Auction

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OCTOBER 23: CITY ARTIST GRANT – ART SHOW & TALK

I received a 2018 City Artist Grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture to produce 6-8 new paintings and to do an artist talk about this new work.

My Life in 24 Frames (show & talk)
Columbia City Gallery
Tue Oct. 23 from 6-7:30 (talk at 6:30)

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NOVEMBER 8: NW ENCAUSTIC 10th ANNIVERSARY GROUP SHOW

To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, Northwest Encaustic Studio (http://nwencaustic.com/) is planning an exhibit (and book!) to showcase the work of students who have taken classes at the studio over the past decade. I’m delighted to included in this show! Opening reception will be part of West Seattle Art Walk, and the show will be up through the month of November.

Opening Reception
Northwest Encaustic Studio
7150 44th Avenue SW, Seattle 981336
November 8, 2018 from 6-9pm

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ONGOING: COLUMBIA CITY GALLERY

My art is also on display year-round at Columbia City Gallery. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop in and take a look!

Gallery hours: Wed-Sun 11-7
New exhibits every 6 weeks…

2018 Artist Trust Fellowship

Activism, Art, Exhibition, family, Film, Installation, Narrative, Story

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.

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Pictured Left to Right/Top to Bottom:  Tariqa Waters, Barbara Sternberger, Taiji Miyasaka, Christopher Paul Jordan, Ryan Feddersen, Haruko Nishimura, Jade Solomon Curtis, Salome MC, Grace Love, Christopher Icasiano, Eliaichi Kimaro*, Tessa Hulls, Diana Xin, Mattilda B. Sycamore, Laura Da’, and Cathy Linh Che. *A warm thank you to Zorn B Taylor for my beautiful headshot.

 

EMERGE: The Journey is Everything

Activism, Art, Exhibition, Narrative, Speaking, Story
Emerge

Emerge: The Journey is Everything

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).

Upcoming Featured Show

Art, Exhibition

EMERGE

: to become known
: to come into being through evolution
: to rise from an obscure or inferior position or condition
Four artists explore what it means to EMERGE through
encaustic, photography, acrylics and ceramics.

COLUMBIA CITY GALLERY
April 4-May 13, 2018

Please join me at the Opening Reception!
Sat. April 7, 2018
5-7pm

Residency Day 19

Activism, Art, Exhibition, family, Film, Installation, Narrative, Residency, Story, Works In Progress

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….