Color away! Currently, I'm doing a coloring contest for my "Queen of Hearts" illustration. The deadline is feb 14th. The winner will be announced on my fan page and on my Instagram on feb 15th. The prize is a signed mini print of one of my illustrations.
drawing by Nefertara Tara Ozella
My original artwork is now availae in my Etsy.com shop here
a few photos from my rock musician friend Anda Volley and I's outing to All Star Mondays at Machine in Boston Photos by Corey Banda
Recently, i had the joy to strut down the runway for Boston based RTW fashion label ABNDN. ABNDN is the brainchild Casey & Jessie who also happen to be two of the most gorgeous, powerful, and sweetest ladies that i know.
The velour looks that i wore were so comfy. Also, I love that they use eco-friendly found objects to create their jewelry.
"Abandon Jewelry is forged from found and natural treasures, acquired from the depths of caves, sides of the road, or long forgotten asylums. In a world where everything is made on a production line, Abandon Jewelry offers you something that is not only one of a kind, but an artifact. Every piece is an ode to antiquity, a testament to mother nature, and a remembrance of a forgotten past.
ABANDON IS A JEWELRY COMPANY BY JESSIE MAY AMMONS, CASEY DESMOND
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ABNDN SPRING - SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION
(me on the runway)
(me on th runway again)
ABNDN designers Casey and Jessie
(photos by Mary Lee Desmond )
(Behind the scenes shots before the show)
rocking some ABNDN with my bf/bestfriend who also modeled :)
Last month I hosted and my fashion label the Church of Vanity did a fashion installation of the new NYC monthly party Sex 5th Avenue at the Museum of Sex. My friend Kayvon Zand hosted the event and debuted his brand new music video "Just Give it Away". There were also installations by Vengeance designs Ssick designs, Muffinhead, and the Daughters of Devotion. I had so much fun and felt like I was living in the movie Party Monster. I am so lucky that several friends from Boston came to NYC to model & support me. The party aims to challenge mainstream views on beauty and sexuality. My installation was ancient Egyptian inspired.
with Stella Rose St Clair
with Kayvon Zand & Danielle
Kayla from Vengeance Designs
Ava Patron and Anaole Fetale rocking some fashion by the Church of Vanity
create, destroy, & reset.
Life is cyclical and the only constant is change. Artistic evolution should be a constant internal & external revolution. What is the point of living without growth? Art should never be comfortable or confined.
During, these last few years life has really thrown me some earth shattering curve-balls. Creating art has always been my refuge. As a young person I lost control over my physical health and at times felt that I was a shadow skating between the realms of the living and of the dead. No matter how far you fall you can always bounce back. The shattered shards of your soul can be retrieved and revived. No one should be discarded. Don't give up hope. Others may offer you support but deep down only you can heal your own wounds.
Currently, I am at a point where I feel that the broken pieces are reconfiguring into something far more advanced, fearless, and more powerful than ever. My own physical afflictions serve me as constant reminders of the reality of suffering of others. I am sick of creating purely aesthetic surface wallpaper. I am a perfectionist driven by my own inner compulsion to create and innovate. I am insatiable. My third eye has been permanently pryed open and I feel like now is the time to start really using my voice.
Expect things to get much darker
The central part of my artistic journey has always been experimentation and i feel that now i am ready to level up.
people have often asked me why i like to transform myself. the reason is simple it is freeing. When i become a creature i temporarily transcend gender and feel free from conforming to the constraints of mainstream beauty.
Yes, i get a rush from experimenting. Typically, I do small spontaneous shoots while i am waiting for my other art projects to dry.
Growing up I was an awkward ginger kid and I never felt like i fit in. Pretty quickly i developed a thick skin from being the receiver of incessant bullying. I decided instead of trying to make myself fit other people's views of what was acceptable that I was going to do the opposite and push on in my own direction.
When i first started applying makeup as a preteen i usually only applied makeup to transform myself and i hardly used it for the sake of beautification. I felt ugly and that no degree of normal makeup would ever make me pretty. Transforming myself seemed to be a temporary way to rid myself from my insecurities.
During this time I went to restrictive Catholic school and I got in a lot of trouble with the administration over my avant-garde looks. Several rules were added to the student handbook , i was sent home because of my outlandish style, and the worst was having the brutal assistant principal forcibly scrub my makeup off of my face. One of my teachers said one day she will be a fashion designer.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Remember that the original message of Valentine's day was spreading compassion. Love is not limited to erotica et romance. When you love yourself first then you can share love with the rest of creation.
(self-portrait as Turan, the Etruscan Goddess of Love (dress/crown by The Church of Vanity)
Taran or Turan is my namesake and is the pre-Roman version of Venus/Aphrodite the Romans reduced her to a sexual plaything to give more power to Mars. The original Goddess was a nurturing creator/mother goddess of compassion. the Romans celebrated her as the mother of their civilization in their festival Venus Genetrix. Venus is the patron goddess of vanity so basically the church of vanity is just a Venusian cult.