INTERNATIONAL MURAL BY MAIL BLOG
INTERNATIONAL MURAL BY MAIL BLOG
We are excited to announce a new mural exchange with KATE ZOKH, an artist living in Vladivostok, Russia!
Kate Zokh graduated from Raffles Design Institute Hong Kong (Bachelor in Fashion design). In 2014 and 2015 she showcased at Hong Kong Fashion week with menswear collections. In 2014 Kate was featured in Vogue Italia in their Vogue talents edition as one of 200 best emerging designers in the world. Kate kept working in the fashion industry until 2019. Since 2017 she was also lecturing at the Fashion Design University in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. In 2017 Kate began to practice painting. The first time she showed her works at the group exhibition in 2019 in Guangzhou. To be fully engaged in Art and be able to create constantly Kate had to go back to her hometown in Russia. Besides painting Kate also works with textile installations.
We can't wait to see how this exchange shapes up! Follow the progress on our instagram @elisabethjonesartcenter and follow Kate at https://www.instagram.com/katezokhart/
Victor Tarimo is grateful for every opportunity to grow and to reach more people who love art. He believes art should stand for something greater than just the image. We are excited to welcome this young, talented artist who is living in the Kilimanjaro region in the city of Moshi. Throughout his 17 years practicing art and doing exhibitions, he is grateful he can touch other people’s hearts with his beautiful paintings. TARIMO is his art signature name and he finds something unique, true and beautiful about it. We are very thrilled to see what this exchange will bring. Take a sneak peak at some of Victor's stunning work. @victortarimo_art
Shivangi is a queer and disability activist. She works as an accessibility consultant, policy advisor, research facilitator and artist with a collective called Determined Art Movement (D.A.M.). From New Delhi, India, she loves traveling around for work, making silly forms of art, getting tattoos, doing witchy things and graffiti all over her room. Her chosen family consists of her cat Mia and her partner Nikita who is neurodivergent, trans and a super witch!
Her art practice involves writing, creating zines, painting on big canvas, walls or unique surfaces like her prosthetic shoes and making a mess! She didn't grow up with art around her except in her own imagination. She didn't study or learn it either. Art came to her from a place of desperation, survival, wanting to be heard and wanting to be in community. She is constantly growing and learning as an artist. She believes that art and art tools should be accessible and affordable specifically for underrepresented and marginalized communities. She likes to use the various forms of art for social justice, collective organizing, live documentation of political narratives and radical thoughts. Find her on instagram and twitter @DisabledSpice https://www.facebook.com/shivangiagra
The progress I have received from Franz Phooko is quite amazing. He is working diligently on the mural papers we sent him. He is exploring the concept of Violence against women and gender inequality. We are so excited for this exchange and can't wait to see what he sends us. Here is a sneak peak of his 2 vastly different murals, each equally intriguing!
We are thrilled to have 2 artists working on our beautiful sketches from Nasantsengel. Welcome Portland artists, Allison Rose and Sara Stout. Can't wait to see what they add. We look forward to sending it back soon!
We are so excited to announce a new partnership and mural exchange with Tanzania. Artist Meja Salima and activist David Kabambo join us from Mwanza, Tanzania near western side of Serengeti National Park. Meja is a painter and tutor for Arts4Wildlife, a project under Peace for Conservation, founded by David Kabambo. Their dream is to establish Painting Arts Vocational Training Center by 2025 to teach children art and prepare them for self-employment by selling artwork to tourists visiting Serengeti National Park and neighboring cities. Also working with other conservation groups like The Katie Adamson Conservation Fund, they hope by generating awareness and teaching the younger generation about animals, they will dramatically reduce poaching. Please take a look at some of the beautiful artwork by Meja and check out the video about Arts4Wildlife.
We are happy to finally get a mural to our wonderful artist in Poland, Gabriela Ochalik. Her quirky, graphic style will be so fun to see in our mural exchange. We look forward to her putting her touch on the mural started by Portland artist, Sara Stout. #połamanaukochana #och.gabrielaochalik
We are thrilled to be working with the local Portland-Bologna Sister City Association (PBSCA) to connect artists in Portland and Italy. They actively promote the strong ties between Portland and Bologna. The organization has great events, exchanges, exhibits and outreach. We are excited to start a mural exchange with them and make new connections. We started with this cool sketch by Essie Somma, one of our Portland artists. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Coming this spring we will be exhibiting the collaborative murals from our exchange with Fabian Solymar from Venezuela. He is an amazing mural artist making beautiful works all over Caracas and other countries. His work brings beauty, joy and color to a country in the midst of economic and political turmoil. We are looking forward to celebrating fabulous food, traditional instrument making, music and dance all from Venezuela. Stay tuned for details. You don't want to miss this. @dagor1 @elisabethjonesartcenter @internationalmuralbymail
We are exited and honored to announce our next international exhibit at the gallery celebrating the collaborative murals of Portland artists and Sun Mu from Korea. He is a very talented artist and we look forward to our festival event this spring to celebrate his culture and artwork. Take a sneak peek here at the continued mural work by our Portland artist, Essie Somma. If you want to learn about Sun Mu, his documentary 'I Am Sun Mu' is a must watch on Netflix. Stay tuned for details about our Korean cooking class, interview with Sun, a gallery tour and amazing Korean culture and dance. @essiesomma
International Mural by Mail updates
This blog documents the exciting work in progress going on around the world for this international project!
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