After Hours...

Behind Closed Doors… (☿℞)

Sometimes in life, you just have to close the door and leave all the MADNESS of the world OUTSIDE. That’s the case with me right now. As you may or may not know, we are currently going through another Mercury Retrograde cycle that started on the 21st, so therefore things seem to be slowing down, going wrong, and driving us all crazy!

Well for me…YES, this definitely is the case! Even though there was also a beautiful NEW MOON that just passed on the 20th, I can still feel the effects of Mercury Retrograde FULL-BLAST! The crazy thing is, I was preparing for it! I was even pointing the approaching retrograde out to people (who are into Astrology, that is) and it STILL snuck up on me–within HOURS of Mercury going retrograde! It was insane! I can’t believe that after all the preparing and bracing myself…I STILL fell into the trap of the miscommunication, the feeling the need to snatch people’s faces and whatnot! 😮

Well, with all that being said…I just want to quietly reflect right here on the wonderful day I’ve had and just tell you how I’m going about pulling myself out of the NEGATIVE influence of this Mercury Retrograde (because if you read the Mercury Retrograde article I linked above, you’ll also see that there’s a POSITIVE side to it).

For the past few days, I’ve been taking the time to regroup, refocus, and become more careful and aware of myself…both in general AND as an Artist. ❤ My sisters, my King, and my Elders have been helping my get through this strange time, too.

So let me tell you about TODAY! When I checked my email on my phone, I saw that there was one from my beloved ReelBlack inviting me to a poetry event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m.! Not only that, but on Wednesdays, the Museum lets you “Pay What You Wish” starting at 5 p.m.! So I jumped right on up, showered, dressed and relaxed until it was time to go. I hopped on the bus and got there seven minutes to 5. I got there early because I wanted to see the current African-American art exhibit that opened recently called Represent: 200 Years of African-American Art. I actually wrote about this and other art exhibits I want to see yesterday on Ataensic Media! ❤

It was AMAZING! It was an honor to be able to see all of this POWERFUL artwork by MY PEOPLE preserved in time safely behind glass, framed, and other ways. There were quite a few pieces that really captured my Heart, one such piece was by Carrie Mae Weems. Actually, they were three pieces from a well-known series of hers called The Kitchen Table series, shown below. (And yes, that’s her in the photographs).

Kitchen Table

 

What pulled at my Heartstrings was the fact that I could feel the mood of each piece–the MESSAGE. It felt so dark, yet so REAL and I could relate. It honestly reminded me of myself and my King, Stanley–even down to the actual poses, facial expressions and gestures. These three simple images reminded me of our relationship at certain places, times and moods, the ups the downs…everything that makes us, US. ❤ ❤ ❤ And it inspired me all the way down to the depths of my Spirit where Soul resides…to cherish my relationship, to cultivate it and protect it by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. YES! I got ALL THAT from just three installments of a series. I’m definitely going to look more into Ms. Weems’ work. You should check her out, too if you haven’t already.

ANYWAY, that’s not it! The poetry event was OFF THE CHAIN! (YES, I had to resurrect that old expression for this event because that’s just what I feel like doing! :D) All the performers shut it DOWNNE tonight! Everyone was beautiful, inspiring and in their element! I was BLOWN AWAY! I had a wonderful time! I was ESPECIALLY feeling the performance of one Ms. Nina Ball, better known by her artist name LYRISPECT, who was also the creator and host of the show. The event was themed, based on four artists who were selected from the Represent exhibit. The museum was on FIYAH with ALL of our Energy! Spirituality, justice (or the lack thereof for people of color–AFRICANS), racial identity, inspiration and upliftment for my people–it was all there! Poetry, music, singing, free-styling, even TAP DANCING! YES! No lie…it was rather scary to those floating awkwardly around the place, lacking melanin and SOUL. *wink, wink* 😀

I just found THAT particular thing to be amusing, but I digress… 😉

This was the first poetry event I’ve attended in a LONG time! I think I already told you how I’ve stepped away from the poetry scene to focus more on my visual art, but TODAY was all in DIVINE ORDER. I KNEW the email caught my eye for a reason. 😉 ❤ So now…I’m finally winding down and getting to the point…

After all that I experienced today…not long ago, I’ve discovered yet another artist right here on my computer through another WordPress blog I read. Her name is damali ayo, and I’m exploring her work, her website, what she’s about, etc. So far, I like what I see. What stood out to me is her statement on her website:

Creating pauses to ponder.

Art is a sensory experience, engaging the impulses but also the mind and most importantly, our emotions. It connects us to our world but most profoundly to ourselves in whatever particular place we currently stand along our journey. I strive to offer a pause inside of which we might be moved through thought and feeling to consider all that is inside us and around us—to ponder our relationships to self, other, world, and back to self. From here we can choose to either affirm or change course.

I’m not interested in making perfect art, or even beautiful art (a notion which is so subjective it doesn’t even really exist). I am interested in art that enters the viewer and our worlds. It is only from that place of intersection with art that we have a meaningful experience.

Art should make you think and feel. It doesn’t have to match your couch.

Reading THAT was actually the catalyst for writing this entry, which brings me back to what I said at the beginning of this entry about closing the door to the madness of the world outside. As I organize myself, make goals and plans to move forward in my art career and in life in general I’ve found myself slowing becoming entangled in what’s going on FAR, FAR outside of myself…even to the point where the reasons why I create art were being forgotten. I found myself falling into the pattern of worrying what other people are doing, what other people will say about my artwork, what the world “expects” of me, current events and its toll on me, history and its toll on me–and on and on and ON. This threatened to strip me of my Peace of Mind. But I CAN’T and WON’T let that happen! So, after having such a wonderful day, filled with encouraging messages and reminders from the Most High in the form of expression through others…the performers at this poetry event, these artists I’ve just discovered…even things I think back on that I’ve already been told my loved ones, including MYSELF!

Here I am. I see, I feel, and know that the world is imbalanced–full of MADNESS, WICKEDNESS, DISTRACTIONS. I am imbalanced in my own ways. So, to save myself and preserve my sanity, I retreat into my Zone, and I close the door on it all. I close the door, I lock it. I sit down with all the wonderful things I’ve received today, and I restore myself be REMEMBERING that each and every thing I do, I do it with a PURPOSE. A Purpose myself AND for my people. I am here for a REASON. I know the reason, I’m on a MISSION, and so now is not the time to get shaky on Faith. Now is NOT the time to let the madness of the world carry me away with it. I must remember…I DON’T have to go with it. So I won’t.

YOU don’t have to go, either.

Just close the door.

 

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What’s in a Name?

Pardon my previous post. I was on my way to write THIS post, but while I was deciding in what format to post this entry, I was drawn to “Aside.” I’m still not quite sure what an Aside IS in terms of WordPress, but I’m sure it can’t be any different from what the word actually MEANS. Side commentary, a passing mention, something potentially useful to whoever may receive it all the same.

Well.

I wanted to see what an Aside looks like again because I had forgotten, so I just started typing whatever came to Mind. You know, just enough text so I could get the point of the format…and what you see in that previous post is the end result. Of course, as it turns out, as Aside looks just like all the REST of my entries using this current theme I have (Sketch Theme), so that’s that. But of course, I do kind of like that “test text” I wrote. I like the feel of it…maybe it doesn’t mean much to anyone on the outside looking in because I’M the one who sees and feels this as I typed away, without even thinking about it. I’m sure if I wanted to, I could take it, clean it up, add more, play around with it and transform it into either something new, something better, or something worse. Eh.

Well, anyway, this is the REAL post I wanted to write:

I feel like there is a STRONG chance that as I continue on my Path to my Life’s Purpose through the Arts, I may or may not confuse people with my NAME. It seems like I have MULTIPLE NAMES floating around on the Internet, depending on which platform one is viewing. Okay. Let me just END the confusion right here, right NOW…at 4 o’clock in the morning. 😉

Over the years, I’ve had Artist names come and go…but all you need to concern yourself with is THIS:

  • My name is Kiema Norris-Dozier. This is my birth name, given to me by my parents. You with me so far? GOOD. 😉
  • Because of the above, you may most likely see writings of mine or watermarks on my artwork that says K. N. Dozier. I ASSURE you, it’s still ME. I was inspired to start signing my name off that way YEARS ago by J. K. Rowling. Yes, it was THAT serious. :-p ❤
  • If you’re from Philly (especially the arts and poetry scene) or if you’re my friend on Facebook, you may know me as Way LaMatriz. There’s been a little confusion about this name of mine. “Way” is my ARTIST name ONLY. “WAY,” not “Way LaMatriz.” See, what had happened was (yes, it’s one of those kind of stories)…a long time ago, back when Facebook let you change your name as many times as you wanted, and I had finally settled for “Way” (which was back then only to be my STAGE NAME at open mics), I was PISSED when I found out Facebook REQUIRED you to have a last name. So, I wanted my name to be “Way Matrix” but ONLY for Facebook. Of course, Facebook had to be irksome and NOT allow me to use “Matrix” as my last name. So I, not one to be defeated, simply put “Matrix” in SPANISH (the language I’d been all wrapped up in love with at the time), “LaMatriz.” With that being said, “I WIN.” Right? 😉 Well, as time went on and I was still performing and meeting new people, it came to a point where I was simply being introduced to others by my STAGE NAME. So this stage name, “Way,” slowly morphed into my overall ARTIST name. So in ALL the various mediums of my artwork…I will sign my work and perform as…WAY.
  • SOULar Lioness is my Artist “AKA” name, in the same way Mos Def is also known as Yasiin Bey or how Billie Holiday was also known as Lady Day. Yes. It’s the EXACT SAME THING. This name with birthed not long after–
  • SOUL Meets BODY! Now, SOUL Meets BODY is not MY NAME. It’s the name of my BUSINESS. It’s the name of my BRAND. It was given to me by the Most High during my Vow of Silence last year, and I’ve claimed it gratefully as my own in conjunction to fulfilling my Righteous and Divine Life’s Purpose. ❤ ❤ ❤

Ok. That’s about it. I’ve been DYING to write something like this for the longest. Ha, ha! Now that I have…it’s 4:30 in the morning. The fact that I really sat and TYPED all this about names….well, I really SHOULD be getting to sleep now, huh? :-p ❤

 

Nighty-night (and good morning!) ❤

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Butterflies Inside…

Cozy in my belly!
Cozy in my belly!

Welp, TONIGHT is the NIGHT! “COFFEE AFTER DARK!” But MAN…despite all the excitement and eagerness to return to the live painting scene…no lie…um….these beautiful blue morpho butterflies are STILL happy, cozy and comfortable in my stomach! They let me know how happy they are to be there by all the fluttering of their wings. SHEESH!

I’ve spent these last couple of weeks shifting my nervous, pessimistic, negative perspective over to a light-Hearted, blissful, POSITIVE perspective but DAMN! These butterflies just WON’T quit! Ha, ha! I’ve been spending some time alone, reflective and quiet…from reading, writing, and drawing to yoga at home and sunbathing/meditation/nap time in the park on the Westside in my favorite spot. Yes, overall, these things have been helpful (I’m STILL building up my consistency though. Ha.) but the sweet little butterflies….and that PANG I get straight in my Heart every time I’d THINK of the event….it’s crazy!

Well, last night, my King and I talked a little about my nerves….he just told me to STOP and BREATHE….inhale….exhale….yes…. You know, far too often we ALL do have the tendency to underestimate the POWER of the BREATH. But I’ll get into that later (Oh no! She’s starting THAT again! HA, HA, HA! 😀 ).  Anyway, he told me not to worry because it’s normal….and I suppose he’s right. Still, that doesn’t make this any more fun. WHEW!

The point is, I just want you all to WISH ME LUCK TONIGHT! I’m actually about to start getting ready in about ten minutes. I don’t have to be there until 6:30, but me being me, I want to give myself PLENTY of time to get ready, double-, triple-, and QUADRUPLE-check EVERYTHING I need to take with me (even though I repeatedly did that last night), AND give myself time to get there. Honestly, the place isn’t that far away. Germantown ins’t far from me….BUT I give room for SEPTA to play games by being late, early, or if buses are full they keep going past you, etc. Now, now! WAIT! I am NOT being neagtive. I’m being realistically CAUTIOUS. Ha, ha!

Ok, ok….it’s ALL GOOD. And for my Philly people, I hope I see you there tonight!

Off to get ready now! PEEAAACCCCEEEEEE!

❤ ❤ ❤

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TOMORROW, It’s Goin’ DOWWNNNNE!* \(^o^)/

TOMORROW, IT’S GOIN’ DOWWWNE!* Come on out to one of Philly’s HOTTEST OPEN MICS, “COFFEE AFTER DARK!” hosted by the one and only D. Lantz! On top of all the wonderful spoken word, music, food, people, and VIBES–witness YOURS TRULY make the ULTIMATE RETURN to the art scene with some live painting and some wonderful, ORIGINAL artwork for sale AND the chance to purchase your OWN copy of one of my EXCLUSIVE LIMITED PREMIERE PRINTS of my popular, highly-demanded piece “HEAR NOT.” (Don’t forget TEN prints of this young natural beauty! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!) ^_^ ❤

Oh yeah! In all my in-the-middle-of-the-night-HYPENESS, I TOTALLY forgot to upload the PICTURE of the PRINTS of my piece, “HEAR NOT!” Ha, ha, ha! Well, here it is NOW!

Don't forget! There are only TEN prints of this young natural beauty! Claim YOUR print tomorrow!
Don’t forget! There are only TEN prints of this young natural beauty! Claim YOUR print tomorrow!

We will be gettin’ it POPPIN’ over at The Lofts @ Kendrick Mills (6139 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. That’s GERMANTOWN & PASTORIOUS) $10 Love Donation, $5 for performers. The show is from 7-10 p.m.! COME ON OUT and HAVE A GREAT TIME! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

*NOTE: To emphasize the word “DOWN,” I sometimes tend to spell it “DOWNNE.” Inspired by the beautiful Aaliyah Dana Haughton and HER ability to shut it DOWNNE. ❤

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The Night Owl…

Here I am, up late again (like I have been lately)…but at least it’s the weekend.  So allow me to ramble for a little bit. 😉

Welp, the event I told you about in the previous entry is only FIVE days away, and as excited as I am, I can tell you this RIGHT NOW–BUTTERFLIES have currently made a home for themselves inside my stomach…and they’re quite cozy there! NERVES like WHOA! I’ve been told over and over again that there’s no reason to be worried and I’ll be just fine, etc., etc. But still…ha, ha.

I’m actually preparing all the artwork and things I’ll be selling ON TOP OF the live painting I’ll be creating.

I’m even going to have some EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION PREMIERE PRINTS of my popular piece, “HEAR NOT” available on Thursday at the event for all my Philly folks! xoxo First come, first serve! 🙂

Ah, but anyway…I don’t want to burn myself out so…I’ll take the rest of the night AND this entire weekend to keep to myself, relax, rejuvenate, enjoy myself as my own company, and get ready for the busy week ahead! YES!

Nighty-night. XOXO ❤

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Peace, Family! NOW it’s time for the great news I’ve been dying to share! The moment of suspense is over! Ha, ha! On THURSDAY, JUNE 26th, 2014–I will be making the ULTIMATE COMEBACK on the art scene through LIVE PAINTING! It feels SO GOOD to be returning to this part of my Creative Outlets! I haven’t done a live painting since the early part of last fall! To all my PHILLY FAMILY, please come through and enjoy the eclectic mix of SPOKEN WORD, ART, MUSIC, GOOD FOOD, GOOD VIBES and GOOD PEOPLE! You get ALL OF THIS and it’s only a $10 donation! The show is from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. What better way to start getting into the GROOVE of the weekend than to sit, relax and ENJOY YOURSELF on a cozy summer night? Along with my live painting, I’ll also have other artwork on display including original pieces available for purchase! Bring your friends, family and any other loved ones through–it’s gonna be FIIIYYYAAAAH! 😉
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Here’s the Facebook event link: Hope to see you there! xoxox