Letter For Those Who Were Unable to Attend by Bhanu Kapil

  January 11th, 2022   Dear writer-artist-maker-weaver-sculptor:   Hi. This is Bhanu. I tried to make a small video message for you, as an after-gift or invitation, feeling that (yes) sometimes it’s not possible to attend. To arrive. To travel or be there. Something stops the day, or else: work, family duties, the time zone itself. This is the body.   I tried to make a video, but it turns out that I...

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Waves by Kimberly Williams
Jan23

Waves by Kimberly Williams

  “Waves” by Kimberly Williams     Kimberly Williams’ Artist Statement: The ocean and nature is wild and unpredictable, like life. I painted this to remind myself that you can’t control this force. The sea can be rough, choppy, biting, full of predators. But, also calm, warm, glowing, and welcoming.

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A question for creative renewal

Wherever we are in this moment, we ask ourselves: Q: Am I ready? How will I create something on my horizon to look forward to?*Responses will be curated and may be shared with permission.Permission* Yes, I give my permission Show Full AgreementBy submitting your response, you are granting AROHO permission for possible publication – in whole or excerpts – in digital Waves and Waves archives, which may also be shared on our website and...

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A New Year’s Blessing

May we meet on the horizon where water meets light, wandering. Bodies rooted and reaching. Steady in, steady out. All mouths and hands wondering. Our hearts our rooms, side by side, open wide. Each moment here is our sacred blessing.   Q: If you were to write your own blessing for sister creatives what would it be? What if you conceived of a blessing for your own creative work?*Responses will be curated and may be shared with...

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Haiku with Reflection on 2021 Global Sisterhood Camp by Bhanu Kapil
Dec17

Haiku with Reflection on 2021 Global Sisterhood Camp by Bhanu Kapil

  Haiku with Reflection on 2021 Global Sisterhood Camp by Bhanu Kapil   Place the photograph* In the stainless steel sink. Light a match.   *I’m thinking of the last question we held: “What is the lineage of an image?”  Is there a way that art-making or writing practice is a way of stepping out of toxic lineage, as much as it is a braiding or weaving of water and light?  Perhaps what I really want to...

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For Bhanu Kapil on behalf of AROHO by Karina Puente
Dec17

For Bhanu Kapil on behalf of AROHO by Karina Puente

  For Bhanu Kapil on behalf of AROHO by Karina Puente   Dear Creative Sisters, The golden light between us becomes a rainbow when we give the sun a drink of water in the morning. Thank you, Bhanu, for showing us how to invite illumination into our practice. Thank you for guiding us in citing the Source. Below is a visual treat and gift for you, Bhanu. To inspire prisms of art and letters. — Karina...

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One Moment by Sylvan Adams
Nov19

One Moment by Sylvan Adams

  “One Moment” by Sylvan Adams     Sylvan Adams Artist Statement: My photography reflects the musings, discoveries, and revelations that come to me from observing the eternal interaction of light and dark, both inside and outside of ourselves. They are about contrast, balance, and the dynamics of relationship; light and dark is the visual and psychological metaphor.  ...

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Dussehra by Saranya Francis
Nov19

Dussehra by Saranya Francis

  Dussehra by Saranya Francis A festival inviting women to come sing, dance, and pray, wishing each other well and exchanging small gifts.     Saranya Francis Artist Statement: Saranya Francis is a multilingual poet penning poems in English, Hindi, and Tamil. She is a social activist, freelance life skills, language trainer, and diversity consultant. During the pandemic, Saranya hosted a virtual global gathering of...

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Where I Come From by Vinita Agrawal
Oct03

Where I Come From by Vinita Agrawal

  “Where I Come From” by Vinita Agrawal I come from the sands where words sprout like cacti when girls are born. I come from ochre, autumn-hued earth baked dry under a fierce sun. Where grit and wind needle the eyes Where storms compel women to live inside tombs of veils. I come from a place where dusk turns into a seductress at night lying velvety warm on bohemian linen charpoys. I come from the land famous for...

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Mahishasur Mardini by Manideepa Banerjee
Oct03

Mahishasur Mardini by Manideepa Banerjee

  “Mahishasur Mardini” by Manideepa Banerjee In response to The Q: who am I as a creative woman?     Manideepa Banerjee’s Artist Statement: I am a person of mixed heritage belonging to the nation – India. I enjoy making replicas of famous paintings and deciphering ancient languages from old manuscripts. I am a self-made woman and I appreciate individuality and uniqueness in every aspect of life....

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The Moon by Summer Cole
Oct03

The Moon by Summer Cole

  “The Moon” by Summer Cole What does my art/writing mean to me: It means that I can bring to life the things that are in my heart and mind, I can actually see, taste, or touch the things I have imagined.     Summer Cole’s Artist Statement: I am a Native American artist, that creates healing remedies, does beadwork, painting, whittling, dye work, jewelry, Clay sculpting, and embroidery. As a creative...

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37th Floor by Mimi Dobelle
Oct03

37th Floor by Mimi Dobelle

  “37th Floor” by Mimi Dobelle In sum this work is about: This painted collage is a portrait of myself waiting for a guest to visit me in my old apartment. I lived at this address for two years during which time I experienced waves of loneliness and connection.     Mimi Dobelle’s Artist Statement: My work is a reflection of my self-gaze. My art tends to be figurative with an emphasis on...

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Mask and What I Have Learned by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Sep10

Mask and What I Have Learned by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

  “Mask” by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa     “What I Have Learned” by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa   I have learned some things. I may want to write everyday but many days my creativity takes another route. During these past Covid months, I have been doing handwork; fiber arts projects pieces done in knitting, crocheting and embroidery, what used to be called women’s crafts. I created something for all...

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My Room by Barbara Presnell
Sep10

My Room by Barbara Presnell

  “My Room” by Barbara Presnell     In sum this work is about: The place where I have space that is mine and only mine, where words and pictures come, where thoughts are past and future, right and left, north and south, up and down, clockwise and counterclockwise. My pup and my pencil guide me.   ____________________ Barbara Presnell’s Artist Statement: I call myself an artist with a big A,...

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Procrastination as Part of the Process by Gina Moriarty
Sep10

Procrastination as Part of the Process by Gina Moriarty

  “Procrastination as Part of the Process” by Gina Moriarty   I know I’m acting cowardly when I procrastinate taking a seat at my desk. When I wash dishes that I typically neglect, when I dust my bookshelves and reorder my to-be-read… when I scrub the walls, I know I should be writing. I must face the facts, that my writing process is meant to heal. To process. To forgive. To learn. To make sense of my heart, I...

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Life is Precious by Tonya Russell
Jul16

Life is Precious by Tonya Russell

  “Life is Precious” by Tonya Russell As a creative woman, my deepest need is: to create     Tonya Russell Artist Statement: I consider myself an artist, a self-taught photographer with a borrowed camera. Photography is a way for me to connect with a part of myself I have yet to fully find. The world is changing, so am I. Little by little, I am understanding myself. Fragments are coming together and...

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Magnolia 3 by Cynthia Yatchman
Jul16

Magnolia 3 by Cynthia Yatchman

  “Magnolia 3” by Cynthia Yatchman As a creative woman, my deepest need is: to do the work.     Cynthia Yatchman’s Artist Statement: I identify as an artist and art instructor. As a former ceramicist, I bring some 3D focus to my 2D work. I primarily make paintings, prints, and collages, often using common latex house paint coupled with ink. These days I work primarily on my own art and do some teaching...

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En El Jardin by Karina Puente
Jul16

En El Jardin by Karina Puente

    “En El Jardin” by Karina Puente, symbol of AROHO’s Global Summer Camp “En El Jardin translates to In The Garden. The Guardian of Imagination is our Guide.   Welcome Sisters, Thank you for being here. Today, we appreciate how far we’ve come by enjoying a refreshing drink and refreshing the page. By taking a cool deep breath, in and out, we clear our minds long enough to enter through the...

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Writing by Nina Pick
Jun18

Writing by Nina Pick

  “Writing” by Nina Pick   I was jealous of her writing, the only writing I have ever been jealous of. — Virginia Woolf, on Katherine Mansfield I was jealous of her writing, the only writing I have ever been jealous of. I was jealous she was writing, doing the writing I was jealous of. I was jealous that a part of me was writing while the other part was silent. I was jealous of the part that was not writing,...

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Out of Chaos by Margarita Cortes
Jun18

Out of Chaos by Margarita Cortes

  “Out of Chaos” by Margarita Cortes In sum, this work is about: That which is created out of chaos.     Margarita Cortes Artist Statement: At nine I rendered photographic sketches, wrote plays in elementary school, and performed with my fellow pianists at the Carnegie hall chamber. I copied Rembrandt paintings and The Blue Boy, with appropriate confidence. Later I choreographed dance performances and taught...

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