3.20.2015

new moon // solar eclipse // march









NEW MOON

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SOLAR ECLIPSE







Crow Moon
Friday, March 20th, Pisces, 2:28 am PST

BIG things are happening in the skies! It's important to remember that it's not just on these New and Full Moons, Eclipses, Retrogrades and Equinox's that we are being effected by the cosmos. It's constant. But, there is no denying that days like this where so many things are colliding and aligning are very powerful and extremely important opportunities to be used in our growth and understanding. 

Let's see what's happening: the New Moon in Pisces, a Solar Eclipse, the Spring Equinox, the final exact square of Uranus and Pluto (since 2008), and we've got Jupiter and Saturn both in retrograde. You might be thinking what I am thinking... that's a whole lot to be feeling. But that is the way life has been feeling these days, we are all dealing with so much intensity while feeling like life is moving faster than ever. This is a big time of transitional energy. The Moon moving from Pisces (the last sign of the zodiac) to Aries (the first sign in the zodiac) (a transition from water to air), the Equinox as we move out of Winter and into Spring, and the final push between the Uranus and Pluto square. We are no doubt in a time of transition, a time of letting go of the old to move into something new. It is a great time to surrender to this energy and use it in your life. Think about the things that you wish to let go of. Think about them in relation to what you want to call into your life. I think we all understand in our minds this concept of letting go of the old to make way for the new, but rarely do we honor that process. We want to speed right through it like it is as easy and simple as tossing out an old pair of shoes, focusing on looking ahead only. But it takes time and awareness. It's a process, one that isn't a straight line, the past and the future are connected and interwoven. You don't want to keep dragging the past around with you, but instead using it as awareness can inform how you make different choices about the future. Try working with your past and future during this time, a balance, just as the days are in balance of light and dark. That is one of the amazing gifts Spring time gives to us, balance, renewal, rebirth, new beginnings. With this new energy the old is also at play - being brought to the surface, brought to our attention. Try to notice this and see it as just a way the energy is trying to get your attention, it's letting you know it is time for it to be released. Eclipses are a wonderful time release stuck emotional energies. 

With this super New Moon in the final degree of Pisces - this energy is all about loving kindness, compassion, sensitivity to others and Mother Nature, and an empathetic heart. She is the most watery of all the signs, the most emotional, and sensitive. Pisces is also the most spiritual aspect of ourselves connecting us to something larger than our minds, a greater energy, our intuition, and something less fixed and defined. It can be equal parts freeing and scary being in this unknown, abstract world of Pisces. It requires us to cultivate a large amount of faith in the things we know but can not see, and the willingness to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is powerful.  

Tap into this place as you think about your future. What are you willing to let go of in your life, that you are gripping to, to move into a place of surrendering to something that is bigger than you? It reminds me of one of my favorite Native American prayers - May you be grateful for the many unknown blessings already on their way. Can you let go and take that leap, while staying connected to your heart and making choices from that place and not from fear? It's like jumping off of a cliff into the ocean with your eyes closed, trusting that what you can not see will catch you. It's really about the faith of the self. 

This is a powerful moment for the self, for you as an individual. Connection to your truth with your heart open will allow you to fully help to heal others in the world. Coming from this place is incredibly powerful. You are incredibly powerful. What will you do from this place?

I was thinking about New Moon wishing last night - wonder about this idea that has been beat into us about manifestation. This idea that if we imagine it then we have the power to create it. A new idea that came to me is that maybe "wishing" is just a mask for our intuition. That when we are connected to our souls, our hearts, our truth... it's the wisdom and power of our intuition that has the ability to feel into the future to what is coming to us, or what is possible for us. And that all we have to do is allow it to happen, and believe that we are worthy and deserving of it, and have faith. 

Think about that as you make your wishes this month. Really dive deep with your wishes right now. This is an especially important time to be "wishing" from your truest self, your whole heart. Be pure in your intention and in your words. Feel into them as you write them. If you want to leave some in the comments section I fully welcome that. The more you share the more powerful the energy of them becomes. For more information on how to wish head over here

Happy New Moon!
Happy Spring!

What seeds will grow and blossom that you have been planting?!







Richard Serra


3.19.2015

3.15.2015

from around










- Barbara Hepworth is one of my favorite sculptors, I had no idea of her drawing skills, but I stumbled upon this interesting series she did of doctors in the operating room. The drawings are really interesting as they have a lightness and gesture to them. Be sure to read her writing on the similarities of purpose, movement, and intention between being an artist and a surgeon. 

- Gilda Radner is one of my favorite heroes - I simply adore her. A few weeks ago I went on a hunt for old clips of her performances and I was talking to a friend about her and she mentioned this story Bill Murray told about the last time he saw her before she died. I had to share because I think it is so wonderful. 
I also found this clip where she is talking to Candice Bergen about dating, which I had never seen before - I laughed out loud - some things are still the same #moderndating

- since I have been doing a lot of drawing lately that means I am doing a lot of listening to podcasts. Here are some good ones:
can math help you fall in love?
finding love... and aliens
just a little nicer - compassion
a great new show - Invisibilia - on fearlessness

- really into listening to the recordings on the gold record from Voyager 1

- researching Grenen Beach - where two seas meet together - see here

- feeling like I need more minimalism in all areas of my life - I really into this - and might put it into practice ASAP

- can you read people's emotions? It's all in the eyes. Super interesting! Take the test here

- I'm a super fan of Ray Kappe - take a look into his beautiful home

- watched Eric Rohmer's A Summer's Tale - super cute

- still swooning over Chanel's SS15 couture stage set










image via

3.05.2015

lsk // aa











G R E E K   R E D - F I G U R E   P O T T E R Y   S H A P E S   / /   B E T W E E N   5 0 0   T O    4 8 0   B C 



super excited to have done something inspired by Apiece Apart's SS15 collection.
I am a total fan of everything they do, and if I had it my way my closet would be full of only their clothes! 

a huge thank you to AA and Leigh Patterson



see the full story here






full moon // march








FULL MOON






Crow Moon
Thursday, March 5th, Virgo, 10:05 am PST

Full Moons are always a time of high contrast, as we simultaneously reach with one hand towards the Moon sitting in one sign and the other towards the Sun in it's opposite sign. Holding two truths at once is good practice. Noticing how we simultaneously hold both is valuable awareness to have, reminding us that when we activate one energy, it's opposite is always in play as well. Not just in the cosmos, but also in us. 

This stretching, or activation of opposites, can bring a lot to the surface, it's one of the reasons Full Moons are times of emotional highs and lows. If you are very sensitive you can feel it coming on days in advance, or if you know someone who is really sensitive pay attention to them, you can feel into this rise of emotion and gage how intense the Full Moon will be. It's a good time to have lots of compassion for yourself and others. I always write this, and need to remind myself of it especially during these Moons.  

Notice how the two energies are at play in your life right now. The Sun in Pisces puts us in touch with our emotions and intuition. It feeds the dreamer, the artist, the seer in us, and is most at home in the less tangible world: the space of the imagination, the undefined realm of spirit, the unseen but felt, the abstract. Those places excite the Pisces! Virgo brings us down to earth, keeping our feet on the ground, with a desire to get things organized and make things happen. Virgo is all about the defined, the details, the precise communication, the clarity of understanding, and comfort that comes from having it all under control (along with this comes lots of worrying)

This is a great time to dream something up and have the ability to move forward and see it through. Tapping into the energy that allows you to feel more easily what is right for you, what is calling your name, while at the same time feeling anchored giving it the possibility of making it a reality. Don't be afraid to ask for help during this time. Even if that help is from spirit. I have been doing this a lot lately, learning so much about energy, the flow of giving and receiving. Try it out. There is so much energy at play that is waiting to support you. You aren't alone.


Don't forget to put your rocks or minerals out tonight in the light of the Full Moon to clear their energy. I like to leave mine out into the next day so they also get strong Sun light, to balance their feminine and masculine.   










serge najjar architectural photographs

2.24.2015

until they were unconscious









Marina Abramovic and Ulay: Breathing In/Breathing out. 
They took in exhaled breaths until they had used up all of the available oxygen. 
17 minutes after the beginning of the performance they both fell to the floor unconscious.

2.18.2015

new moon // feburary









NEW MOON






Wolf Moon
Wednesday, February 18th, Aquarius, 3:47 pm PST

This is our second New Moon in the sign of Aquarius, the first was last month in January. This months New Moon is just making the very tail end of Aquarian energy, when minutes later it moves to the sign of Pisces. So, we are really feeling the transition of those two energies. A perfect time to pause and notice the transiting of an ending to a beginning.

While the Aquarian urges us to feel expansive and free, the energy of Pisces feeds our need for nurturing and emotion. This is a time to take pause, to acknowledge all you have been doing. Not to focus on everything that needs to get done, but to take time to acknowledge all that has been done, all that you have accomplished. I have been learning that that is a key part of exchanging with the universe, with energy, and with our own self worth and value. This is the step that often gets skipped, this step of acknowledgment and celebration. Most of us have long lists of things that need to get done, we no more finish one thing and are on to another without even a pause or moment in between. We are in a current culture of NEXT! What's next, what's on the horizon, what's the next new thing/adventure/relationship/job? Yes, endings are hard sometimes, even when we are happy something is over we rarely give it time to settle in, or create enough space to even realize something has ended, and to think about what could fill it's place. It is hard for us to recognize the hard work, wisdom, discipline, courage or even love that goes into what we do and what we complete. 

Especially with the Spring Solstice on the horizon this is a great time to just take pause. Aquarius can help us to create that space, while Pisces encourages us to feel. Pat yourself on the back for all that you have been getting done, learning, and letting go of in your life. Growth is a cycle, and without properly completing it and acknowledging your hard work it is hard to make way for something new, perhaps even the thing you have been wishing for. Make a list of what you have done, big and small, share it with a friend, treat yourself. I am learning that you can celebrate with any activity. It's all in the energy of how you are doing it. The more you acknowledge yourself the less you will seek it from others. 

As you are creating space and cleaning house this next two week period, it is a great time to bring things into your life and make wishes. You are allowed ten wishes maximum and they must be hand written. Wishing within the first 24 hours of the New Moon is the most powerful. You can read more about how to wish here

Spend some time tidying up your home, going through drawers, closets, getting rid of things. Maybe buy yourself some flowers or a new plant. There is nesting energy in the air!

Happy Wishing!











Brutalist Fountain

2.17.2015

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earlier this year my dear friend Claire and I shot the new 2015 lookbook for BZIPPY & CO
Claire, as always, took such beautiful photos - she's amazing - she outdid herself on this one! every shot is so rich and stunning
I did the art direction - inspiration : nude, white sands/leather, raw, brutalist
And, wait until you see what the third member of our dream team, Scott Barry, did with the lookbook... will post his brilliance soon. 

#nudes
#dreamteam





2.06.2015

meditation








Learning to Deepen Your Intuition 
//
a Night of Meditation with Lauren Spencer King


Intuition is something we all have. It is a powerful tool, our internal compass, that feeling in us that speaks the truth. Our job is to learn to listen to it. Intuition is like a muscle, it must be exercised.

Join us for an evening of meditation where you will learn to discover the language of your intuition, deepen your connection to it and your trust in it. Let it be your guide as you practice a two part active Pranayama Breathwork meditation. Though the breath is simple to learn it is quite powerful and profound to experience. The breath clears emotional blocks and stuck energy, allowing you to open up and connect to the universe. Through quieting the mind you create space to listen with your heart, leaving you feeling peaceful, grounded and expansive.

Bring with you a yoga mat and/or blanket to lay on and cover, and an offering for the altar.


Date: February, 23 2015
Time: 7:30 to 9:00pm
Price:  $20.00
Where: Communal / 688 S. Santa Fe Ave #104
* sign up HERE







2.03.2015

full moon // february









FULL MOON






Wolf Moon
Tuesday, February 3rd, Leo, 3:08 pm PST

There still feels to me to be a sense of ease in the air, or maybe this is just compared to the energy of the last two years. We aren't off the hook, lessons and growth opportunities are still showing up for us in every moment, challenges and healing alike. But, this seems to be a time to find more joy and have more fun while doing it all. There is more space for breathing, more time to pause, the freedom to expand beyond our limits. With the Moon now in the playful sign of Leo this is a great opportunity to let yourself go and have more fun. And when I say more fun I don't mean letting go of things that are important, goals and responsibilities. I just mean, a time to ask ourselves - how can I ride that line of being courageous and joyful?

There is a feeling of enthusiasm, motivation and inspiration in the air. I would encourage you to tap into this and see how you can ride the natural current of this energy. Don't fight any impulses to be more warm and loving, start a new project, express yourself, stand up for something you believe in, to be more romantic, playful and spontaneous! This is a time of saying YES! Tapping into the Lion's courage and going for it! What ever it is. We are in fire energy! Fluid and powerful, fire energy burns away illusions to reveal the truth. It moves, transforms, resurrects! Now is a time to identify what your heart truly wants, and to go after it, unafraid! Nothing can hold back a Lioness! 






Georges Braque, vol d’oiseaux noirs sur fond rose

1.27.2015

xavier corbero





















I seek to make things that I have imagined and have not yet done. Things I would like to see. 

- Xavier Corbero




totally inspired by this - dream space


1.25.2015

from around










- super excited - LA Art Book Fair - next weekend

- the amazing Trisha Brown in Watermotor, 1978

- abandoned soviet monuments - these are bonkers! - thanks Bari

- Miranda July reads Janet Frame

- my new favorite song these past few weeks - thank you MF

- why we need winter solstice

- grief in the classroom - thanks CR

- watched The Honorable Woman in two nights (not recommended if you want to have sweet dreams) - this show blew me away - incredible

- if you don't know this amazing lady already - get ready to be inspired - Jen Delos Reyes talking about art education

- wanting to see this - The Early Shaker Spiritualists

- Of Souls and Water: The Mother - stunning, moving, breathtaking - thanks Nicole

For many people, even intelligent and brilliant ones, why does beauty count for more than anything else in their appreciation of other human beings—particularly of women? - an interesting essay on beauty - thanks Nicole






Mon Oncle / Jacques Tati

1.20.2015

new moon // january








NEW MOON





Wolf Moon
Tuesday, January 20th, Aquarius, 5:13 pm PST

Our first New Moon of 2015! This New Moon is in the sign of Aquarius, an Air sign. Whenever I think of Aquarian energy I always think of an eagle or a hawk, with it's keen vision, soaring above a landscape, its wings outstretched. It is able to see the whole picture, and can have the perspective and wisdom that comes from being detached from what is happening which allows for greater understanding. Understanding of what lies on the horizon. Aquarians are visionaries, humanitarians, they are idealistic and free thinkers, and often ahead of their time in terms of ideas. 

Not only do we have the New Moon in Aquarius but tomorrow Mercury turns retrograde in Aquarius until March 12. Retrogrades are times of returning, don't be surprised if old friends or relationships come back around, or if you feel called to revisit people in your life you might have drifted away from. Even if you revisit the past on your own, it is worth thinking about and spending some time completing those circles either by reconnecting or by letting go.    

The last two years we have been in some heavy energy with Saturn in Scorpio. There has been a lot of energy stirred up from the deep and dark hidden corners of our souls, lots of personal and internal work that we have been doing, either by choice or that we have been forced to do by the cosmos; things that have been difficult to look at, and painful to feel about ourselves. This time has been so much about the self, which can keep us feeling isolated and alone. Saturn has shifted out of Scorpio (we can all take a sigh of relief) and has entered the sign of Sagittarius (until 2017). Wherever Saturn goes we can find our toughest lessons. There is a natural feeling of slowing down, examining, and getting rid of what no longer serves us during Saturn's transits. Things naturally break down during this time to reveal the truth. Saturn transits teach us to take responsibility for ourselves. We all seek out growth, but Saturn sees that we do it in a disciplined and examined manner. Saturn in Sagittarius will be teaching us lessons of excessiveness and irresponsibility. We will be craving knowledge, wisdom, life experience and a deep understanding of the influence and meaning of our experiences on us and in our lives. It's a time of clarity, on getting clear about what is important to us, what we want, and letting go of anything that is not in alignment with that. It is also of time about being able to clearly communicate with others what is important to us. 

With the New Moon and Retrograde in Aquarius and Saturn transiting Sagittarius there has been a real shift in the air these past few weeks of the new year. Things feel no less intense, especially given what is happening in the world. But, as I have been feeling into this change that is happening it feels as if there is a shift from the personal to the communal. I think we are in a very special moment, and are being given lots of opportunities to look at how events and people impact our lives and leave an impression on us. It's an important time to look at how we connect with others, and what makes us come together and unite. 

We are no doubt lacking a sense of community in our lives these days. There is a false sense of connecting to others that is the result of social media, but take some time over the next two weeks and really connect to people, face to face. Think about your relationship to community, and spend some time cultivating that in your life. This is a moment of stepping out into the world, after doing all of that deep personal work these past two years, and making an impact in a bigger way. What is your message? 

New Moons are also a great time for setting goals and intentions and making wishes. I recently wrote a guide for wishing which you can find below this post (here) if you would like more information of why this is or how to do it. You are allowed ten wishes maximum, they must be handwritten, and try to wish within the first 24 hours of the exact time of the New Moon for the strongest potency. You can wish about anything you like, but you can also use the energy of Aquarius to wish about community, connecting to others, big projects, friendships, innovative ideas, and expansive knowledge. 









Rainforest (1968) featuring Andy Warhol mylar pillows, Cunningham, Meg Harper dancers


1.19.2015

guide to new moon wishing



Last month my dear friend Leigh asked me to write a guide to New Moon Wishing for Urban Outfitters, you can read it on their blog or below!
Thanks Leigh!














1.06.2015

women







Last month I did a studio visit and a trip to LACMA to see the Pierre Huyghe show with Proximity Theater's Women's Workshop. You can read and see more about what they are up to on their tumblr. They made this short video about their studio visit. I watched it this morning and was moved to tears. It was a complete honor to have this group of truly amazing young women in my studio. We talked about art, intuition, and dance. I shared some of my journey as a female artist, as a daughter, as a woman. I was blown away by their thoughtfulness and willingness to trust themselves and their inner voice. Each of them at such a beautiful crossroad, at the beginning of asking themselves the questions I still ask myself now. Brave. Beautiful. Wise. Eloquent. Vulnerable. Strong. Funny. I was completely inspired by each of them and their trust in me. 

It was such a gift to be able to have such an open and honest conversation with them about my experience as a woman, what that means to me, about being inspired by my mother's death and minerals and formal questions in art, about intuition, and about what I think my roll is as an artist. About how much you can learn about yourself from your own feelings, moments when you are uncomfortable. Questions about what attracts us to certain works of art, does that make it good? How does beauty play a roll in what our idea of "good art" is? Etc.. etc... They were all incredibly open and honest about asking questions and sharing their ideas and opinions. I was blown away!

It reminds me of another conversation I had recently with a friend of a friend, talking to her about how she is having her first conversations with her child about death. I will say here what I shared with her that night. It's so much a part of the reason why I chose to work with grieving kids (kids in particular), and why I love working with kids in any capacity. I think we have a responsibility and an opportunity to help kids and young adults learn to be empowered by their feelings, even the most difficult ones. I have so much to say about this, and will save it for another time. But, I will say that I think that by doing that it is the ultimate gift we can give younger generations, and our children. I believe that we teach them this by being willing to feel all of our feelings ourselves. We teach by example. To allow ourselves the permission to express every feeling and give ourselves the right to own them. All with an open and honest heart. By doing this we show them that it is ok to be sad, angry, to have darkness as well as joy, to be in the questions of life and be able to say "I don't know", to be willing to be vulnerable, and afraid, and embrace all of it with a deep thirst to experience all of what life has to offer. And to do all this takes courage, feeling your feelings and being vulnerable doesn't make you weak, it makes you stronger.

Going into this studio visit I wanted to give them something of this message, but instead what happened was that they ended up giving ME so much more than what I could give them. That's what happens. Every time. I experience this in every one of my grief groups with kids too. If I just show up - open - as myself - and create a place for them to express I am always in awe by what happens and how much I learn. 


You can read more about what they are doing and watch the video of the studio visit here

100 thank you's to Kyra, I am so inspired by the work you are doing with teens, and to all the girls!