photo by: statia grossman

photo by: statia grossman

Saturday, May 16, 2015

friday update de paraíso, 5

5.15.2015 ~ 

the gypsy pulse. money talk$. spirit talks.   … ((there are lavender-vibez in the un-knowing,)) but maybe this time, we stay awhile. a whole country beckons. a whole heart. a whole watermelon. wholeness in this breath.           ~ ~ ~ there is this little pond in my palm, palm tree, wondering, security, cancerian-nature,   toss it all aside to ride the wave$. 

take a time-out there?

Friday, May 8, 2015

friday update de paraíso, 4

5.8.2015 ~ 

first hand, won't back down, freaking album on repeat 3x a day, can't get enough, nah. /// i know what i ain't, you know what i iz, there is a language (non-language) for it, baby. /// a couple new girlz, a couple old boyz, they still lovin', but i ain't thumbin' through expired lists no more ~ my eyez be focused en the now. /// ((self-love potions forever&ev, new beatz, a nice mouth enfrente, etc.)) /// … fly on the wall says, "it's hawt 2 me too."

Saturday, May 2, 2015

friday update de paraíso, 3

5.1.2015 ~ 

en jueves particularly, the sky was gray and so was my mother, el mar, but just as the bitty tide trickled in, she turned el color del caribe, turquesa, and i felt perfectly at home. within this week, there was also so much unsolicited input, and that really bogged me down for some moments. (healthy detachment y gracias por mi “empath shield,” dear IKS.) in other news, i dream about $$$ all the time, money, doing money right, of course ~ respect, hard artful work, the good-love of $$$, yes. i also dreamed sweet, smooth, and super-sexy sounds from the 60's & 70's, which rest perfectly under song*inventions i bee hummin', xxxo.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

friday update de paraíso, 1 & 2

"friday update de paraíso" is a new weekly installment of writing (dreamy, flirty) that reflects upon my week's experiences in the world. i hope you will enjoy reading it. i started last week, and will carry it on!


k *

update #1 (last week) ~ 

got stung by jellyfish yesterday, wrote a new*moon*art*rap inspired by kali uchis, hope to get it together for sharing tomorrow, re-set my brain*heart @ the beach e'rrryday, swam in the warmth today, it was like honey, then a gecko zoomed across my oxum altar, and i thought, "what a nice combo of giggles and vulnerability all week long." #mivida #lesigh

update #2 (yesterday) ~ 

it's that strange-awesome time when it's finally dark, and you're bathing in it, like a baby fox ~ ok, points of reference: little fires on the hill, big players in the field, an extra glass of vino tinto, sex kittenz under an old moon, bear with me, i swear it comes back around. kali uchis sings, 'we can do it our own way,' and to that a girl resoundingly nods, dives deeply, seeks, cries, clarifies unto the universe, into ears, into windows, into brisas, etc. it was heard, you know, so toss that gemini*jupiter*shit aside. if no one else is there, it is perfect for un momentito, yes, but come again la arena, el sol, the dollar$, and the bathing in it, porfa.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

artist's interview ~ ARHIA KOHLMOOS, round 2!!

this is my second artist's interview with arhia kohlmoos. in an effort to keep creative dialogue going amongst my group of darling sisters, i am doing some "round 2" interviews ~ checkin' in, you feel me? for arhia's professional bio, which is delicious, please click HERE. for my first interview with her, please click HERE

thank you to arhia for over ten years of creative encouragement, sisterhood, and best friendship. you know how very deeply i love you, boo-fawn.

may you enjoy this exchange as much as i do. 

xoxoxoxoooo de costa rica, 

k *

arhia kohlmoos, painter

1. kelly:: arhia, your recent painting, "Lady with a Langur," is your most magnificent work to date. anyway, your audience noticed this too, expressing through facebook comments that you indeed had delivered your most polished painting (skills.) how did it feel to complete this work? arhia:: Thank you for your compliments, dear friend. Indeed, it felt wonderful to complete this piece, although I have to say... there's always a bit of sadness involved in "finishing," too. It was highly gratifying to see the painting come into being in our physical world as it had already existed in my mind. I do believe my skills as a painter (both technically and conceptually) grew throughout the creation of this work, which is doubtless a goal of many artists. So, I was elated to complete the piece, but also rather depressed afterward because I'd lived in that world every day for some months... 

Lady with a Langur

2. kelly:: will you speak with us more about this painting? i am most curious about the zinnias in your hair and your red skin. eeeee, the red skin! anything else you wish to share with us about deeper meaning and symbolisms is also welcomed. i know some artists (myself often) prefer not to be blatant about these sorts of things, so go with this where you will, no expectations. arhia:: There are many things I could say about the imagery of this work. I could write a whole paper on it, for sure! As you mentioned in your question, speaking about art is not an easy feat. However, I do believe the ability to articulate one's ideas is important. In many ways, this painting speaks to the concept of "beauty." I feel that many of us (myself included) often submit to the general societal definition of beauty and are, in a way, trapped by that definition. We forget what we originally perceived as beautiful before we took in our society's opinions. This is inevitable to some extent, but I think it is vital that we also strive to remember our personal definitions. When I was a small child, I was obsessed with the color MAGENTA. I used to color all the most beautiful ladies in my drawings and coloring books with skin of this hue. My sister said, "Arhia, that's not realistic," but I didn't care. Realism was irrelevant to me when pitted against my perception of beauty. So here she is--- this princess I would have painted as a child... if I had possessed the skills. I was also fascinated by beets as a kid; I used to smear them on my hands just to walk around with magenta palms. Beets are very symbolic in nature, being the color they are, and often the size and general shape of a human heart. I like the way my "beautiful lady" seems to grow out of the earth in a root-ed manner, perhaps with a beet for a heart and beet-juice for blood. I like the way her coloring makes her appear almost "skinned," and thus very vulnerable... yet she faces us in a defiant way, sure and calm and still wild. She has risen like that from the beet-forest. The coloring of her skin alludes to the theme of "otherness," while not necessarily commenting on "black vs. white" in a literal way... what race is she? Is she human at all? The zinnias are another nod to one of my particular childhood preferences, as I used to adore this type of flower. Additionally, in the "language of flowers," zinnias symbolize thoughtfulness and friendship; possibly thoughts of a friend in that person's absence. In this case, it is remembering/befriending one's sincere childhood perceptions of beauty. Then there is the structure of the painting, which obviously recalls several pieces by Frida Kahlo. This is intentional, as I want to reference her as a woman of extreme originality and power in her vision of "beauty." There is definitely a current of feminism in "Beautiful Lady," though I think that is a result of other themes rather than an overt theme in itself. Lastly, the beetles... in part they are a bit of humor: beets and beetles, don't you know! But this gorgeous insect comes in many wildly varying shapes and colors, which strengthens the theme of "beauty in originality"... "beauty because I say so." Of course, beetles also carry symbolic significance in many cultures: the Scarab beetle, for instance, meant dawn, rebirth and regeneration to the ancient Egyptians... a powerful fertility symbol. SO, if you've read this far, your attention span is impressive and I won't test it any further!

Fashion Animals, Spring 2014 Collection: Vert Autruche

3. k:: what are you working on now? a:: Right now I am working on several projects, two of which are "for myself." The others are commissions. I have begun the painting of "Portrait of a Woman with a Bird at a Casement," which has existed as a drawing for a year or so but was always intended to have life as a painting as well. I am very excited about this one! At the same time, I am dreaming up a new concept... for which I've been reading books about Hildegard of Bingen, books about the roles of women in the Medieval, and books about witch trials during the 16th and 17th centuries. Also looking at many paintings of the Virgin and Child. 

Self-Portrait as a Beautiful Lady

4. k:: since our last interview, you've completed your graduate coursework in painting. how has this helped you forward in your creative life? has this degree and accompanying (grown, growing) skill-set helped you to make money as an artist? a:: I would say that the most important aspect of graduate school, for me, was the dedicated time it gave me to spend on painting. For three years, I spent seven hours a day painting. I developed a nasty case of tendinitis, but an awesome case of improved skills! I never could have found the space in which to concentrate so fully on my craft without going to grad school. As far as input from teachers... hm. I suppose that is more difficult to define. I don't know, really, how much that helped me. I was pushed almost daily to leave painting and go into things like video and performance art, since my school was heavy in those areas. I stuck to my intentions like a mule, and thus improved my skill, but I didn't have many "gurus" if you know what I mean. As for money, I do believe the degree as well as the added skills have helped me with that. An ever-developing saga, that.

Oikos Haima

5. k:: is making money as an artist a goal of yours? how is it going and how can it be better? a:: I'm sure making money is a goal of mine, as it must be of all artists. I am fortunate in that I don't have to support myself with what I earn from my practice. I suppose it could be better if I pushed myself to learn more about marketing, rather than spending that time making work. I'm not sure whether my choices in this regard are right or wrong; but I do know I'm lucky in being able to choose the studio.  

In the "studio", 11/2014.

6. k:: your society 6 page (HERE) and website (HERE) are so good. how have sales been going through society 6? i think it's such a cool forum. will you tell the folks about it? do you have bestselling items? a:: Thank you! My wonderful husband helped me so much with those "techie" aspects of my artistic presence. Society6 is the best place I've found through which to sell my prints. It's great because the quality is outstanding, and you can set your own prices. You just have to find the "sweet spot" between ripping yourself off... and charging so much that no one can afford your stuff. Society6 is pretty hip, and many folks on there are great at creating stuff that is "in." I use it in a slightly different way, so although I do sell things, I'm definitely not making $2,000/month, as I've heard some people do. I'd say "Lady with a Langur" and "Dear Heart" are my best-selling pieces to date. 

Dear Heart
7. k:: what are your days like, generally speaking? you and your hubby have a cool thing worked out where you are able to be home working on art, food, life, errands, and whatever else as your full-time gig. you digging it? a:: My days are pretty awesome, I can't lie. I love the morning, so I get up at 3am each day. I cook Myer's meals for his work day, and then I wake him up and walk with him to work. Then I usually go to the gym... and when I get home, if it's not a grocery shopping day, I paint for a couple hours before noon. Then I do some email garbage, and hopefully work on commissions in the afternoon, although many days either morning or afternoon are taken up with phone dates, seeing a friend, doing errands, cleaning, accounting, etc. Then I cook dinner and spend some time with Myer when he gets home. Yes, I'm totally digging it. I'm lucky and life is sweet. 

myer and arhia, by: Ivette Salom

8. k:: it's been neat to witness your growth as a mindfulness practitioner. talk to me about the significance of thay in your life. perhaps let the people briefly know who he is, and how he's contributed to your growth in grace and compassion. a:: Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen master who is perhaps the most well-known figure in Buddhism after the Dalai Lama. I actually first learned his name from you, Kelly! I began listening to Dharma talks given by him about four years ago, and was struck by the intense yet gentle presence in his voice and words. I would not call myself a Buddhist... I am inspired by aspects of many religions... but Thay has given me a profound "spiritual tool box" with which to understand and navigate my inner emotional life and the world around me. The way he presents things in his talks is... utterly clear, to the point where I cannot fail to understand. Knowing him through his work has changed the way I relate to other people; it has helped me be more compassionate to them and to myself.  

Thay is the cutie in the hat. #boston #arhiawasthere! #thisisherfoto

9. k:: are you so excited for iceland? you and hubby are going this fall. what sorts of things will you do there in honor of your creativity? a:: Yes, I am out of my mind excited to see Iceland. Traveling in general is not easy for me, but the opportunity to see another country has always been among the most creatively stimulating of experiences in my life. Last time I went abroad was 2010, when I was in Amsterdam. I've not had the means to travel again until now, and it gives me such a feeling of freedom! It is extra special because Myer will be with me; the only other time we traveled internationally together was London in 2005. We plan to walk all over Reykjavik, visit museums and cultural sites of every sort, and hopefully take a driving trip around the island to see the natural wonders for which Iceland is famous. I love anticipation!  

10. k:: what are your creative goals for the next 2-3 years? a:: That is a difficult question for me. I suppose my goals on a yearly basis are basically equivalent to my goals on a daily basis: Paint. Paint. Paint.  

11. k:: and for fun, if you and i could share 3 separate (one per year for 3 years) vacations together, where would we meet?!!! you decide!!! a:: Oh my! Let me see! Well, I would love to visit you somewhere tropical... and since you already live in such a locale, let's skip across the world to make it exotic for you too and go to BALI! I've always wanted to see that beautiful place. Next... I think Japan. And thirdly, how about Turkey. I have a strong desire to see Istanbul. I can't wait! 

Portrait of Five Sisters

check out arhia's beautiful website HERE. there you can find links to her social media and society 6 accounts. she also has a wonderful blog HERE.

Deathmask: A Fox Dreams of The Hunt
... with a Félix González-Torres gold-bead curtain

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

up-coming events!!

photo by: arhia kohlmoos
besito, guapos!! 

i just wanted to share a list of up-coming events so as to organize my own mind and provide appropriate updates to my peepz. mark your calendars and gracias as always for supporting mi arte.


k *

* friday, april 24th = come see me at ciao bella costa rica from 7-8:30 p.m. i will be selling the remainder of my "beach babe" jewelry collection, and will be taking your custom orders for anklets, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and waist beads. miranda's store is beautiful, and i am grateful to be featured there. we will serve wine. read more about my future goals for jewelry-making here.

* sunday, april 26th = i will be giving a performance with two special collaborators on the beachfront in coco @ 5:15 p.m. it is recommended that you come on time or a bit early so as to see the full event, which will be ephemeral (short and sweet!!) ... i am pleased to announce my collaborators, miranda abbott and her daughter, aria. you are welcome to bring your friends, cameras, and good vibez. 

* MAY 2015 = my kickstarter campaign will launch!! i'd intended to have it to you all earlier, but got behind w/ re-filming. the good news is that i've had extra time to form and re-form incentives and budget, which are shaping up nicely!! your support in helping youngblood productions and i reach our goal is pretty much the raddest thing you can do, lol, in my book. read more about the campaign here.

* in a period of about 4 months, i intend to officially launch my business, which will include the sale of jewelry, select performance art prints, poetry zines, and wall hangings -- on my etsy page and in various stores here in costa rica, and hopefully, brooklyn. at this time, i will also be working with more vigor on the continued production of performance art all around costa rica; i am drawn to many different locals, which will keep things lively in my heart and for a growing audience. the other piece of this "biz launch" is that i will offer a few classes a month in yoga, meditation, and art to children. until this time, it's "pedal to the metal" insofar as development is concerned. ** i always seek collaboration. be in touch if you wanna play. i am especially interested in connecting with filmmakers and photographers. **

* on-going projects ::

~ new/mind/ritualz is a 56-movement performance art project that i will continue to grow until it is completed. engage here with the first movement.

~ i am working on an "art book" whose working title is babybutterflies. learn more about the project here. read an excerpt here.

~ i am working on a new collection of poetry called "beachbunny diarie$," which will come up for $ale upon its completion.

~ okay ... this one is top secret (giggle) but i'd also really love to make an EP that is professionally produced. the subsequent release of music vidz that double as performance art expressions would be dope. #intheworks #superdreamy #collaborationnation

"uphill invisible swimming," ksw copyright always.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

r. stevie moore, cuz, love.

r. stevie moore has been a neat influence on my experiments w/ making sounds, with recording. i was living in an old farmhouse in maine for a stint, and we began skyping; i was smitten. he encouraged me to record. i began documenting stream of consciousness ramblings that were primarily about my dreams. before all this, i'd seen r. perform a few months earlier in brooklyn. i subsequently dedicated myself to learning about him. i saw him several more times when i returned to brooklyn, which was dope. it has admittedly been awhile since we've connected (r. + k) ... and i miss him. for whatever reasons, i felt like paying homage to him on my blog today.

dude's a rockstar, first of all. he's been coined the godfather of "DIY" and "lo-fi" música. see him on wikipedia: click here

"In addition to having numerous albums released on labels around the world, Moore has self-released over 400 cassette, CD-R and digitally online albums since 1968, as well as dozens of home videos, mostly through the R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club, his home-based label. His eclectic work incorporates a variety of musical styles, both popular and experimental." 

r.'s website ::

a favorite old skool vid of mine :: i like to stay home

and in case you feel like geekin', 
here's an interview :: bomb magazine

here are a few collaborations + picture-proof that we bee. that is all, xo *


for fun,
a track from my maine-days :: here
a track from my brooklyn-days :: here
rsm by ksw @ knitting factory, brooklyn
rsm by ksw @ knitting factory, brooklyn
rsm by ksw @ knitting factory, brooklyn
rsm by ksw @ knitting factory, brooklyn
post-rehearsal w/ r. in bushwick
rehearsal in bushwick
a quick "hello + hug" whilst passing through thee BK