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Context of the Odd Body by Mivala
Context of the Odd Body

"Context of the Odd Body"

Portrait of Oliver Klaassen
Acrylics on 12"x12" canvas.

Where to begin?

Well, I could be doing finals; perhaps it’s not surprising that I’ve decided to paint and write this instead.  I’ve been having more and more wonderful conversations with people from the greatest array of backgrounds  …

I’ll start with Oliver …. I have had two classes with Oliver this semester, a course on Race & Ethnicity and a course studying Black Art.  He has a very striking appearance, and it makes him very recognizable on campus; it’s been my observation that many people refer to him as one of the most beautiful people they’ve ever seen.  It probably wasn’t that far into the first month of school when I, too, noticed a particular flare that set him apart from other people I’d met.

Outside of appearance, I think what struck me as interesting about Oliver was this sense that we must have shared a common interest somewhere, though I wasn’t sure where to pinpoint it.  He didn’t necessarily look like the type of person I would usually associate with.  One day, out of the blue, he complimented my style asked about my major; I explained my complicated academic plan … that was probably our first verbal interaction.  My artistic instincts ignited around that time, and I had, at some point, decided that I was going to paint him.

Fast forward to around halfway through the semester, Oliver would stop in to the academic center where I work as a secretary, and we got into a few conversations.  There was one day during art class where we were sharing information we’d discussed in one of our assignments -- he brought up an idea that really struck me, for some reason.  The phrase he used was “representation without body,” and it was probably at that moment that I realized I wanted to talk more with him.

Allow me to digress, for a moment, in order to describe my recent approach to creativity…..

If you haven’t read some of my earlier descriptions, you might not be aware of all the wonderful experiences I have been having, in associating with all kinds of people.  I have decided that conversation is one of my biggest priorities -- conversation and connection are what I want out of life right now.  In making this decision, I have been on the constant watch for people who seem like they have something to say.  I don’t discriminate so much on what the topic is …. I don’t even really ask all that many questions ….. it’s just been interesting sitting down, sharing food, and letting things unfold organically with people.  From one conversation to the next, I’ve been the most inspired by recurring topics and themes that manifest, and the discussions themselves have ranged in quality from interesting to absolutely life-changing.  There hasn’t been one where I didn’t learn something new or adopt a fresh perspective….

Oliver is one of those people I decided I need to talk with.  He gave a presentation a few weeks ago that analyzed an art installation by an ideal weight of colorful candies, put together by the artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.  Among an endless amount of other things, the artwork strived to address matters of representation and explored several topics related to LGBTQ communities, including the impact of AIDS.  Oliver brought candies for us that day.  I wanted to melt mine and use it to paint with …. I still might ….

Just prior to his presentation, I’d eavesdropped on a conversation about Skittles … I thought of colors, and I thought of art….  

I could go on for hours about every detail I remember from this day, but that might have to wait for a less busy time and another painting! But essentially, following Oliver’s fascinating presentation, I hung out and had dinner with two rather inspiring people (one of whom I’ve mentioned before and another who granted me new inspiration!)~  

At one point, one person talked about a comment they’d heard that compared multicultural classrooms to Skittles … how that was a questionable word choice, and, by my understanding, terminology that contributed to a dehumanizing ideology, fostered by dominant discourses of society.  

I think I bit my tongue in that moment, trying to fathom what it was the universe was trying to tell me with all these rainbow candy references!  And another term stood out to me: “beautiful creature.”  Interesting that shortly thereafter, I should be referred to by this term, in an unrelated circumstance!  

What, then, is the connotation of this term, and does the it vary depending on the body and history of the subject it’s describing?  Body, beauty, creatures, creatura, grandmothers, context ….. Who are beautiful creatures in the context of conversation, caged by a skeleton of letters, within a body of words …  we return to representation without body …. we are led to representations of the face, disrupted by color, as perhaps they sometimes seem to be in reality.

Soon after all of this, Oliver decided to purchase “Could This Be Earth”, my portrait of Frank Ocean.  I had lunch with him and another amaaaaaazing person (the excess vowels are beyond necessary, this friend is one the of the greatest people I’ve met!), and we got into a wonderful discussion about standards of art, communications, underrepresented communities …. way too many topics to list. At some point, Oliver asked if I would paint him … I don’t think it was necessarily a secret to other parties at the table that I’d been wanting to paint his portrait, so my typical, giddy reaction was no surprise.  

“Context of the Odd Body” is representative of a few different things.  I think first, it’s significant because it is the first iridescent portrait I’ve done of someone that I actually know.  Up until this point, I have been painting celebrities and people whose messages reach me at a distance; to a certain extent, this has been tantalizing!  Also, it’s been difficult making sure that the work I do is not idolatrous, or rather, that it portrays the life of a human and not the commercial image of a celebrity.  There are time and life constraints that come with always having such subjects …

Ultimately, I have had a series in the works that will include the images of a select number of people I admire and am inspired by (two of whom I’ve mentioned here!).  By my estimates, this project could take years … I am so excited to begin, though.  This piece has opened many doors….

I guess, the second representation here is of Oliver himself! I’ve chosen to describe him here in the context of his relationship to me, his presence at inspiring times, and all the ideas he’s opened my eyes to, pertaining to the betterment of my creativity …. but I don’t know if I can describe him beyond that. Since my work isn’t meant to be biographical, I don’t think it’s relevant to list his background.  .. I wasn’t there for that~! I can tell you that he is incredibly intelligent and is doing great things to challenge the dominant perspectives of society.  I love that my first impressions were tested as I got to know him, and I deeply admire the genuine passion with which he speaks, especially when talking about LGBQT issues and REPRESENTATION!  (It all comes back to that!)  He is not my usual subject matter, and yet he is, in that he is distinct and different (“odd”) by the caged standards of our world ….. I am so grateful to have had the chance to meet him this semester, and I am ridiculously excited (as always, beyond words) to see where his passions take him!
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Erykah by Mivala
Erykah
"Erykah"
24"x30"
Live/speed/interactive painting, acrylics on 24"x30" canvas.
Something of a portrait based on Erykah Badu.

SOOOOOOOOOO.
I am still exhausted from yesterday because I don't think I went to bed until 3AM, haha And I've been awake since 7.  And for all intensive purposes I needed to post this because it will be in auction today......

BUT GOODY NIGHT WAS BEYOND WORDS. I'll possibly just paint about it later ... it was the greatest amalgamation of people I know and love .... <3  This piece the audience helped with and I had only a few hours to create....

lovelovelove

UPDATE: tidied up a few things before this sold in auction. :) 
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The Weather is Sweet by MivalaYou Love Me by MivalaBig Poppa by MivalaCould This Be Earth by Mivala

"QUICKSAND"

Tell Your Story by MivalaMathematics by MivalaSun is Shining by MivalaSpaceship by Mivala

I painted this series to raise funds for a friend of a friend ... he was diagnosed with brain cancer recently and is fighting it naturally.  His father had cancer as well and survived by similar means.... you can make contributions to his cause here:
Here's a short clip of his appeal:


So here's info I've compiled on the series itself, forgive my disorganization ...

$35 is a ridiculously low price for paintings, but I wanted to make these pieces accessible to a wider audience -- art should be affordable and I try my best to make that happen. I wanted to express colors and sounds that me and I'm so grateful for all the people who came out yesterday evening to share in the experience.
Regarding the title, "Quicksand" ... what's the reference? "Quicksand -- that's what this life feels like." That's the J. Cole lyric I initially pulled it from ... the musicians I chose to paint and the titles I gave individual pieces were based on a similar thought process. There are some lyrics that stick with me when I listen to music, either on the basis of what they mean or, usually, how they are articulated. When I painted Lauryn Hill, for instance, I reflected on her lyrical plea… “Rebel…wake up wake up wake up and rebel.” The same went for Nina Simone and virtually all the musicians I’ve painted (with the exception of Tupac, who was an interesting exception because the title “And Their Hearts” came from an -idea- I was exploring at the time)… The pieces in this smaller series all have titles pulled from lyrics that stood out to me in this way. As I’ve mentioned, these pieces were instruments in a grander, metaphorical song I want to sing.

That still doesn’t answer why I called the collective “Quicksand”. Okay … I honestly don’t have a very clean cut answer for that yet. Part of it, on the surface, was because it was literally a fast series— each piece taking only around 3hours to paint (but that obviously took a little longer with my hand problems).  
Given that this was a new process for me, my mind was kind of tugged in all sorts of directions. I was pulled away from focusing on individual subject matter and more focused on completing a collective set of differing images, which I’d hoped would speak to people in similar fashions. 

For the sake of keeping my descriptions all in one place (and sparing my injured wrists, haaa), I’ll quote myself from earlier when epiphanies were striking:
Recently, a lack of time and resources has really hindered my capacity to complete large-scale pieces at the rate I was going early this year. My other pieces have been floating around from place to place in exhibits and miscellaneous public spaces this past few months; in this interim, I think a lot of my unfinished pieces have remained in a halfway state, facing a slight degree of neglect. Since school and work have managed to keep me at a distance from my paintings, I spend a lot of time just gathering inspiration wherever I can.

Actually... lately I've just been ditching obligations and talking with people -- I've spent hours and hours in conversation with everyone. When you talk to enough people, there tends to be this manifestation of parallel thoughts or ideas ... wonderful patterns that repeat ... connections, epiphanies, déjà vu, the divine sparks of humanity ... some interactions don't appear to mean that much in the moment, but then, seconds or months or years later, they take on another form. In a relatively stressful few months, I've found the greatest relief in communication. The buildup of all these conversations has been a better understanding of and a deeper connection to my own creativity. I can't evenbegin to describe how wonderful this process has been ... ... ......... ..... (perhaps, not all at once ... maybe I have described it, though, in bits and pieces to different individuals... you describe it by living it!)

Sometimes it's the scariest thing in the world to think of things outside of the context that we normally perceive them. Just today I had something of an epiphany about this and how it pertains to the art world.... rather, how art can serve different purposes and that's part of what creativity is. Much like art, people come in similar varieties .... 

Regardless, I've been so wrapped up in the technicality of some of my work that I forget: it was the childlike informality of some of my earlier work that led me to discoveries in how to be better. It was occasional carelessness that fostered a more interesting story ....

I've approached art from both a technical standpoint and a creative propensity, however, I've yet to try what a lot of artists do ... and that's pursue a series that's significance was somewhat rooted in quantity and time. How much can I say in an instant (or 3 hours) that will last a lifetime? These concepts of the instantaneous and long-lasting coming together is fascinating.

In esssssssence, this series is a lot of fun to paint, but it gives me some degree of anxiety to overcome. I'm not painting exactly what is before me. I am deviating slightly. I am making mistakes, but I am doing my best. I have to be okay with it, for the sake of knowing that the series itself is what matters, and not necessarily the individuals within (though they help!)~ That's sounds suuuuper utilitarian to say, but it's intriguing, all the same!


FINALLY — representation. I’m always exploring representation with my art. And defaults — who constitutes our “default” perceptions of talent or beauty or intelligence…. What makes these ideals so brutally homogenized sometimes and to what extent do we allow this to impact our treatment of others. Ohhh … I have so many ideas on this one.


Below is the painting the audience got to help me with.....

Erykah by Mivala


Always something going on!  I think I've ben a part of a show pretty much every month this year and I'm set to do work in the cities in December and May, with other shows in January and November locally. Requests poooouring in.  Main series still in the works.  I am so happy. :) (BUT SO BUSY ...)

  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: Collie Budz
Spaceship by Mivala
Spaceship
"Spaceship"
Speedpainting, 12"x12" acrylic on canvas.

You know my love for Yeezy.  
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The Weather is Sweet by Mivala
The Weather is Sweet
"The Weather is Sweet"
Acrylics on 12"x12" canvas.
Portrait of Bob Marley.

Here's my left-handed quick version of Bob Marley!  I'm wearing mittens and two hand braces right now so I don't really feel like typing anymore -- however, I will say one thing .... I think Marley's smile is a wonder of the world! And smiling in general .... Smiling ... yes, it's magic. That's all.

For auction TONIGHT at Goody Night!
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You will receive a digital copy to print as you please, but images must not be used for commercial purposes or manipulated.  Please contact me further if you are interested in purchasing the original and we can work something out that is to that effect.
Reference photo required!
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I can draw just about anything with a face. Portraits are done in pencil/graphite and are usually completed within a week of point payment. Remember to be specific about what you want so we're on the same page!:) Reference photos required!
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(Last Updated: February 2nd, 2013)

I suffer the joys of being trapped in a constant state of wonder. I'm always trying new mediums and evolving my philosophy on life; create, learn, repeat. I love that which I don't understand -- be it language and music, thoughts, ideas, math & science, etc.... foreign cultures fascinate me. As do sharks (for whatever reason).

I adore the DA community and the conversations that I get to have around here. I'm overly-zealous and hideously sentimental, etc. etc.

My art is what it wants to be. I consider myself a surrealist/psychedelic artist at heart, but I dabble in a little of everything. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about my creative services or life itself~!
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The Weather is Sweet by MivalaYou Love Me by MivalaBig Poppa by MivalaCould This Be Earth by Mivala

"QUICKSAND"

Tell Your Story by MivalaMathematics by MivalaSun is Shining by MivalaSpaceship by Mivala

I painted this series to raise funds for a friend of a friend ... he was diagnosed with brain cancer recently and is fighting it naturally.  His father had cancer as well and survived by similar means.... you can make contributions to his cause here:
Here's a short clip of his appeal:


So here's info I've compiled on the series itself, forgive my disorganization ...

$35 is a ridiculously low price for paintings, but I wanted to make these pieces accessible to a wider audience -- art should be affordable and I try my best to make that happen. I wanted to express colors and sounds that me and I'm so grateful for all the people who came out yesterday evening to share in the experience.
Regarding the title, "Quicksand" ... what's the reference? "Quicksand -- that's what this life feels like." That's the J. Cole lyric I initially pulled it from ... the musicians I chose to paint and the titles I gave individual pieces were based on a similar thought process. There are some lyrics that stick with me when I listen to music, either on the basis of what they mean or, usually, how they are articulated. When I painted Lauryn Hill, for instance, I reflected on her lyrical plea… “Rebel…wake up wake up wake up and rebel.” The same went for Nina Simone and virtually all the musicians I’ve painted (with the exception of Tupac, who was an interesting exception because the title “And Their Hearts” came from an -idea- I was exploring at the time)… The pieces in this smaller series all have titles pulled from lyrics that stood out to me in this way. As I’ve mentioned, these pieces were instruments in a grander, metaphorical song I want to sing.

That still doesn’t answer why I called the collective “Quicksand”. Okay … I honestly don’t have a very clean cut answer for that yet. Part of it, on the surface, was because it was literally a fast series— each piece taking only around 3hours to paint (but that obviously took a little longer with my hand problems).  
Given that this was a new process for me, my mind was kind of tugged in all sorts of directions. I was pulled away from focusing on individual subject matter and more focused on completing a collective set of differing images, which I’d hoped would speak to people in similar fashions. 

For the sake of keeping my descriptions all in one place (and sparing my injured wrists, haaa), I’ll quote myself from earlier when epiphanies were striking:
Recently, a lack of time and resources has really hindered my capacity to complete large-scale pieces at the rate I was going early this year. My other pieces have been floating around from place to place in exhibits and miscellaneous public spaces this past few months; in this interim, I think a lot of my unfinished pieces have remained in a halfway state, facing a slight degree of neglect. Since school and work have managed to keep me at a distance from my paintings, I spend a lot of time just gathering inspiration wherever I can.

Actually... lately I've just been ditching obligations and talking with people -- I've spent hours and hours in conversation with everyone. When you talk to enough people, there tends to be this manifestation of parallel thoughts or ideas ... wonderful patterns that repeat ... connections, epiphanies, déjà vu, the divine sparks of humanity ... some interactions don't appear to mean that much in the moment, but then, seconds or months or years later, they take on another form. In a relatively stressful few months, I've found the greatest relief in communication. The buildup of all these conversations has been a better understanding of and a deeper connection to my own creativity. I can't evenbegin to describe how wonderful this process has been ... ... ......... ..... (perhaps, not all at once ... maybe I have described it, though, in bits and pieces to different individuals... you describe it by living it!)

Sometimes it's the scariest thing in the world to think of things outside of the context that we normally perceive them. Just today I had something of an epiphany about this and how it pertains to the art world.... rather, how art can serve different purposes and that's part of what creativity is. Much like art, people come in similar varieties .... 

Regardless, I've been so wrapped up in the technicality of some of my work that I forget: it was the childlike informality of some of my earlier work that led me to discoveries in how to be better. It was occasional carelessness that fostered a more interesting story ....

I've approached art from both a technical standpoint and a creative propensity, however, I've yet to try what a lot of artists do ... and that's pursue a series that's significance was somewhat rooted in quantity and time. How much can I say in an instant (or 3 hours) that will last a lifetime? These concepts of the instantaneous and long-lasting coming together is fascinating.

In esssssssence, this series is a lot of fun to paint, but it gives me some degree of anxiety to overcome. I'm not painting exactly what is before me. I am deviating slightly. I am making mistakes, but I am doing my best. I have to be okay with it, for the sake of knowing that the series itself is what matters, and not necessarily the individuals within (though they help!)~ That's sounds suuuuper utilitarian to say, but it's intriguing, all the same!


FINALLY — representation. I’m always exploring representation with my art. And defaults — who constitutes our “default” perceptions of talent or beauty or intelligence…. What makes these ideals so brutally homogenized sometimes and to what extent do we allow this to impact our treatment of others. Ohhh … I have so many ideas on this one.


Below is the painting the audience got to help me with.....

Erykah by Mivala


Always something going on!  I think I've ben a part of a show pretty much every month this year and I'm set to do work in the cities in December and May, with other shows in January and November locally. Requests poooouring in.  Main series still in the works.  I am so happy. :) (BUT SO BUSY ...)

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  • Listening to: Collie Budz

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primaljoy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is awesome, as well as your ability to articulate its philosophical context.  I appreciate your sharing that process!  Beautiful gallery, I'm glad I came upon your page. Cheers! :)

-Joy

P.S. your webcam is hilarious
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Mivala Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, too kind! :) :) :blushes:

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PrimalExpression Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favourite!! :)
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Mivala Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem!!
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LiamBarnwell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
That webcam is sooo funny :laughing: 
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Mivala Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
hahaha, thanks :')
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Happy Birthday!!
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Mivala Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankkkkyou kindly!!! C:
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Sure thing, you're welcome! :)
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Happy Birthday!  Me and My Birthday Cake Me and My Birthday Cake Me and My Birthday Cake 
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