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Jais

Organizer

Location:

Oakland, CA

Organizer since:

June 8, 2012

what does your art mean to you in your life

My art practice is inextricably linked with my 40 years of discipline and study in both eastern and western forms of alchemy -- the alchemy of personal growth and transformation. Art for art's sake is not my mantra! Art for the sake of conscious evolution is my mantra -- going back to the dawn of artistic creation in the cave paintings of 50,000 years ago to rediscover the purpose, meaning and intent of making an expressive mark. Artists today are too busy creating from the debris and detritus of modern life. Being in the head and coming up with the "concept" is what I work to free myself from in order to be a vehicle of the divine creative spark within me. In this endeavor I call upon my experience with ancient and modern Lightwork practices, alchemy, tai chi, qigong, Native American wilderness studies and vision questing. Turning off intellectual agendas and programmed ideas in art is my goal, so that the art that emerges is authentic soul work.

how long have you been practicing your creative expression

I knew art was my passion at 5 years old. I am thankful I lived in a time in California when art was part of the school curriculum, nevertheless art careers were not encouraged, so I got my degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. I maintained my own art practice whenever I could. Finally the need to integrate my art with the spiritual teaching I was doing led me to get a master's degree in transformative art in 2006. In 2008 I started the Red Door Gallery Collective in the Art Murmur district of downtown Oakland, a collective of 12 artists/performers/poets with a vision of art to transform both individuals and communities. In 2010, with the poet Cheja we started the Liminal Art Salon. We curated 2 shows in 2011 - "Mother" at International House, UC Berkeley, and "Oracle - Visionary Art Expressing the Prophetic Voice" at the Oakland Art Murmur; and a show in 2014 - "The Poet and the Artist in Aphrodite's Garden".

Introduction

Artist, co-founder of the Liminal Art Salon®, in which the exploration of the ability to transmit states of being beyond the threshold (Latin: limen) of ordinary, mundane human consciousness is essential for creativity, integration and evolution.

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