O You who have knowledge of those who are oblivious
Break the spell of separation.
Alexa Meade : People Transformed Into Paintings
What you are about to see, are not paintings on canvas! Alexa Meade paints with acrylics directly on human flesh creating the illusion of painterly portraits.
“Alexa Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her background in the world of political communications has fueled her intellectual interest in the tensions between perception and reality.
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We must also raise our sons differently. We are doing grave disservice to boys in how we raise them. We stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity becomes this hard, small cage and we put boys inside the cage.
WE TEACH BOYS TO BE AFRAID OF FEAR. We teach boys to be afraid of weakness, of vulnerability. We teach them to mask their true selves, because they have to be, in Nigeria’s speak, a hard man.
What if both boys and girls were raised not to link masculinity with money. What if the attitude was not that the boy has to pay, but rather, whoever has more should pay. Of course because of the historical advantage, it is mostly men who will have more today; but if we start raising our children differently, then in 50 years, in 100 years, boys will no longer have the pressure to prove their masculinity."
Love is a beautiful thing, but there is an order to it. In my family, my love for my children cannot be equal to my love for my wife, and my love for my wife cannot be equal to my love for God. Yet, the beauty of love is that it does have a trickle down effect, when I love my wife well, that love affects my children and in turn helps them feel loved. If I love God, so wholly, so completely, then the radiance of that love will shine on all those who are near.
My love for God must out weigh all earthly love, because in loving He who is love, I am discovering the purest form of love; and in that discovery, I am able to produce that love to others."
Men of limited understanding presume speculative interpretations of the Vedic scriptures, advocating that there is no divine principle in creation; full of lascivious desires, aiming to attain the lush heavenly worlds; they glorify only the statements of the Vedas which are pleasing to their senses; performing numerous ostentatious rituals productive of good birth, wealth and power insuring sense enjoyment and worldly pleasures.
'Our lifestyle is a result of constantly trying to break this internalized programming of being working class. If there is such a thing as an artist class—those who make a living out of inconsistent paid work, those who barter or buy second-hand everything, those who enrich their lives with meaningful moments –that would be us.
It’s a conscious decision not to struggle financially. If I let capitalism destroy my spirit and limit my freedom, I’ve let someone else win me over—I’ve sold myself. It all boils down to the energy behind exchange and reciprocity. I determine the value of everything for myself and how it serves my body and my soul. This is a political act. It is a feminist and womanist act.’ —Ibi Zoboid
'Sharing power and privilege is key to understanding intersectionality. The idea that none of us is free until ALL of us are free is a radical concept to truly infuse into our understanding of oppression. But without this core understanding, we’re not going to get very far at all.' —Neesha Meminger"