Four pieces themed for Yule for the Ghost Gallery Annual Mini Art Exhibit which will be displayed from December 12th – February 9th in Seattle Washington. Please contact gallery to purchase.
The Great Return (to source) ⥀
Thursday December 5th, 2019
During Art Walk
Mortlake and Company
117 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104
This series reflects the return to our true self.
To our original blueprint.
Taking us back to what we were when we entered this physical plane.
To who we are outside of a name, a face and a body.
Helping release the theories and ways that society has taught you to believe thus far.
Reminding you the answers to every question you have ever sought is within.
Knowing we often reject or doubt those answers due to discomfort or distrust in ourselves and our situations.
Knowing if we do allow the discomfort of change, we can fully travel the path we are meant to with our truest form of self.
Practicing kindness, trust and respect along the way and letting it spread like wildfire.
Opening October 10th, 2019
1111 E. Pike St, Ste. B
Seattle, WA 98122
“This exhibit, featuring artists from around the globe, will focus on endangered species of moths and butterflies in North America, Canada and Mexico. The aim is to bring more awareness to this growing list and to what efforts are being made towards recovery and conservation. A % of proceeds from sales will be donated to
the Xerces Society: ”The Xerces Society collaborates with scientists, land managers, and conservationists to raise awareness about the plight of invertebrates and to gain protection for the most vulnerable species before they decline to a level at which recovery is impossible. Destruction of habitat, introduced species, and pesticides are all leading to the loss of invertebrate species.” – ghostgalleryshop.com
A few weeks ago, I was honored to be asked to show the remaining pieces from Day and Night of the Soul at Thompson Seattle in the restaurant Conversation Seattle.
Events for me, with my health are complicated. It is difficult for me to be verbal about my limitations because I still, after all of these years in treatment now, forget that I am limited.I am a bit of a powerhouse in that sense and I think it is what guides me through treatment at times. I get up, brush myself off and try to get back out there. This event was during the week. I knew it would be impossible for me to go. It was also the day of my clinic appointment which lasts all day, then the following day is usually a little difficult since it throws my health and my schedule off.
I was so fortunate to work with Alyssa of Conversation and she helped ease the process of getting everything dropped off and ready to go. Her and the artist Willow that I shared the space with also sent me some photos from the event.
If you were able to make it there, thank you so much. I also appreciate the people who reached out asking of my absence. It pushed me to come clean a little more publicly with my health. I try to keep them inward quite often because honestly, we all have our limitations. We all have our trials. I want my own to be a sign of strength, not something of pity or attention. When I have limitations it is difficult to share. Although, I am so happy I did, because it was received so well.
I am very honored and pleased to announce my next showing will be at Mortlake & Company, again in Seattle Washington in December of this year.
I will say, it is kind of embarrassing since I have never been to Seattle before moving here in November of last year and had little knowledge of this hidden gem. When I went in to meet with William, I even asked if I could touch and read the books. I was very excited to know many of them were for sale. The collection is amazing, so amazing I thought it was just for show. With that being said, I also only allowed myself to briefly look, because otherwise I would have walked out with a stack of books to add to my already large home library. But I did go home with an amazing Alchemy print.
So many amazing things in such a great, welcoming space.
The show is quite a while away but before that I will also be spending the first week of September at Sou’wester in Seaview Washington doing an artist residency. I am very eager to share with you what I create for them to keep forever. This is also the first vacation I will be taking since moving here. As some of you know, I am in a treatment right now that is very regimented. My doctors therefore are not fond of me traveling. Especially with no immune system. It was great to find someplace that could accommodate to those needs.
I hope you are all enjoying the longer days, warmer air and whatever has been coming up for you with this eclipse season and retrogrades. I see so many shifts and changes in all of us. The shows name came to me during this time frame as so many changes have gone on in my own life as of recent. After seven years of often relentless treatment, I have been told my body is finally responding to treatment. Which is believable, for once. I can feel it. I am making remarkable progress, but the main reason I think that is, is because I went in and did some major inner work. Faced some of the darkest and deepest things, which was what my last series Day and Night of the Soul represented. Going through a Dark Night of the Soul.
I truly feel like a whole new being. The feeling you would get as a kid before the adult crept in and you learned politics, rules, judgement and all that fun stuff. I feel I am returning to whatever energy I came to this organic vessel as. I feel without gender, unlabeled and just very present and aware. Able to face the things I used to close my eyes to. Present. Which makes me feel my goal is to help others find that in themselves too, and therefore hope to grow my healing practice by the beginning of 2020.
I do want to say thank you to my family and friends who have helped me to keep my art going over the last seven years. To my life partner who used to lay down a towel for me to do artwork when I was bedridden and would buy me supplies to keep me working. To my friends in the artist community who donated many art supplies to me since there are no funds right now for such things. To each person who purchased a piece of my artwork from Ghost Gallery, as this is now my sole source of income along with caring for special needs animals as I can. I am still unable to hold a full time job with my health and my dream is to use this creative outlet I am so lucky to hold, to fully support myself one day. Lastly, I want to thank Laurie from Ghost Gallery for being such a genuine great person and holding such an amazing space for so many creative humans. So much love to her.
The Great Return to Source
Throughout life we can forget who we are.
Who we arrived as.
Who we have been before.
(No past, no present, no future)
But, we can go beyond what we are told is right and wrong,
Unlearn all that we have been taught,
And return home.
Home to where we know, within ourselves, the answers to every question we have ever asked.
But only after going inward and facing the true self.
In Alchemy known as ‘regressus ad uterum’ or ‘the return to uterus’ where you are invited to go into the underworld to experience rebirth or again exampled in Greek mythology where Orpheus descended into the Hades to look for Eurydice (symbol of his lost soul) or again in India as the god Krishna descended into the hells to look for his six brothers (the six chakras, Krishna being the crown).
Symbolically, all about going inward, facing ourselves and returning to a primal state we all hold within us.
Therefore my next series is titled The Great Return to Source.
Day and Night of the Soul
Opening Reception Thursday June 13th at Ghost Gallery from 5-9pm during Capitol Hill Art Walk for Pride Month. Ghost Gallery is located at 1111 E. Pike St, in the Chophouse Row community in Seattle Washington.
DAY AND NIGHT OF THE SOUL
JUNE 13th – JULY 7th 2019
“These pieces were done while traveling the road of a Dark Night of the Soul.
Then came the awakening.
They are a collaboration of images drawn through trials, paranoia, pain, healing and learning. When words weren’t able to be spoken, they came out as creation. Just like going through a Dark Night of the Soul, something beautiful emerged. Something awakened. The night turned to day.”
Annie’s work is impulsively influenced and respected by nature. She uses creation as a healing method as art is her therapy. Her eye for creativity is dimmed when she is told to follow specific guidelines and rules. Never a fan of planning and sketchbooks, most of her work is done in sporadic bursts. She adds a dementia to the beauty that is found in nature and reminds the viewer of the harshness
that mother nature can offer.
She was born in a small steel town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, migrated to Philadelphia, then to Southern California. Then she roamed to San Francisco, back to that small steel town in Pennsylvania and now she spends her days in her tiny home in Seattle with her two dogs Olaf and Bender, her plants and her partner. When not she’s creating, Annie is an intuitive healer working with both animals and humans. She runs a website that offers free guided meditations for the chronically ill and those home bound due to chronic illness at www.healwithyou.com.
https://blackhausart.com/ // Work will be available to pickup/ship starting July 7th, 21019
Greetings from the Spring weather we are now having here in Seattle. It has been hard(er) to create the past few weeks with the warmer weather coming in and the days being longer, but I have been doing what I can.
Recently I had the honor to create a 2020 Moon Cycle Calendar for the More Than Lyme event happening in Denver as we speak. It has been such an honor to share my artwork and my meditations with Chloe and the community. With that being said, it is also something I am moving away from and onto new things. I will be making meditations supporting the community still, just detaching greatly from the label of an illness. I feel that this label has been attached to me for so long (since 1994!) that it has become my identity. A huge part of my healing process is destroying that label and making my health issues in the past, not the present. Therefore the new series I will be working on and showcasing soon is called Day and Night of The Soul. It is about rebirth and spiritual awakening.
The last few months have been such a change for me. I have gone back and forth between who the fuck I am and why I am here and what is this life all about. I put that into my artwork. All of it. The days when I couldn’t walk, the days when money became a very evident issue or the times trauma triggered me into a state of hopeless thoughts. My artwork got me through.
As someone incredibly drawn to darkness, I am full of light. As an energy worker, I have worked greatly on my own darkness and faced a great deal in my lifetime, especially while creating these pieces. Going through a Dark Night of the Soul was an incredibly terrifying, six year experience for me. But I made it. And what lies on the other side of that dark night is a lot of light. It just makes no sense when you’re in the thick of it.
Stay tuned for where I will be showing these pieces as I have been offered a few options.