I had the loveliest time creating this.Includes thoughts about: Intuition, Magic of Questioning, Mountain Metaphors & Cuteness as well!!Feedback is welcomed; Bless if you finish the whole kitten and caboodle!!
[I decided to discontinue the writing portion and have decided to focus more on the creation/video aspect]
So many law students and lawyers have contacted me in the last few years asking how to break into the field of art law that I knew I had to come up with a good response. The truth is, I’m far more of a cultural property law aficionado than an art lawyer! So I solicited my friend and fellow student from ARCA’s Masters program in International Art Crime Studies, Leila Amineddoleh, to answer the question. She’s a real, live art lawyer in New York City!
So, I asked her, I says, “Leila, how does one become an art lawyer?” Here’s what she had to say:
“Becoming an art lawyer is difficult since the field is small. Whereas areas such as patent, bankruptcy, real estate, divorce, and tax law have a steady stream of clients, art law is a niche practice. So how can students and practitioners break into this…
I was told that I would “Absolutely ADORE RuPaul’s Drag Race” & I’ve been tuning into RuPaul religiously ever since…
These queens bare their souls, skills and talent for Michelle Visage to critique and that is a feat in itself ;D (she gives the most raw constructive criticism) Though when she cares SHE PUSHES.
Rupaul doesn’t play games either, you don’t bring dirt to his Church!! You come in with passion in your veins and an open heart and NO LESS or you’ll be nixed, Mama Ru makes the rules.
NOTE: She only gives and supports self love for her family.
The guest judges are an exciting revelation each show!!
Watching this show lets you be apart of it.
The root of it’s message is inspiration (creative, personal and all successes); IF YOU CAN’T LOVE YOURSELF, HOW THE HELL CAN YOU LOVE ANYONE ELSE? CAN I GET AN AMEN?
& overflowing hilarity!! OH, THE HILARITY.
Being apart of their vibrant family adds some much needed JOOJ to the spirit!! The candor and very real emotions and transformations the girls experience aid in some personal growth and ascension towards a more enlightened emotional existence. & Inspiration to
BE glamorous and fierce!!
THEY ARE LIVING ART REALNESS.
& PIZZA & GLAMOUR& PIZZA& GLAMOUR They’re also very educational when it comes to snatch games (Jinkx Monsoon doing Little Eddie & Alaska doing Mae West) and aesthetics in bringing light onto individuals and eras of our past!! ALSO What’s going on current-event wise socially and politically is made relevant by constantly raising the question
“What’s the future in drag and what do you bring?”
Moral of the story they are loving, hope-filling, exotic, cosmic,
GAWJUS psychotic glamazons; who make you feel like you’re apart of the tribe!!
In a quest for delusional innocence, vulgarity and harassment leads to silencing the madness. I am drawn to this piece when I’m diving and splashing amongst the waves or snorkeling, the sea is a mass of vast mystery that you can feel so serene in. Serene enough to gain silence from the multitasked daily existence one’s hairball of thoughts (one may call a brain) endures. It puts things into perspective that leaves me with a sense of the poignancy of experiencing the moment and embodying gratefulness for the internal and external prosperity one possesses.
What is Rejected Princesses & What do they stand for?
I’m a personal fan of Rejected Princesses for I relate more with the awe-inspiring, adventure-seeking and knowledge-hungry women depicted vs. any of the Disney Princesses who are in emotionally abusive relationships and play patriarchal submissive roles (not my style or vibe). Not to mention these “rejected princesses” were (for the most part) REAL women, who changed history and happened to be gloriously sharp while doing so.
Sn of life: Julie d’Aubigny (Also known as La Maupin) is a personal favorite:
#FreeThe20 didn’t disappear after it was addressed in September of 2015. It’s 2016 and there are still women who need to be freed from wrongful imprisonment. I have a special interest in women political prisoners and Wang Yu, A Chinese Rights Lawyer Who Faces Life In Prison by Pursuing Justice, who is featured in Hooligan Sparrow, a documentary following an activist (Ye Haiyan under the name Hooligan Sparrow) who protests the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal.
Before I get into Hooligan Sparrow and Wang Yu I’ll be addressing the state of the world: politically; emotionally and socially. I’m addressing the continuously tragic current events happening around the world and how these events should not only be responded to with condolences, but with ACTION. Something needs to happen and it needs to happen NOW!
As we see the bandaids applied by our public officials and those in power peeling away from the heat of the truth, worn dirt-colored gummy remnants are all that remain of the illusions that were pasted to each crusty word that was spoken. We are left, hands open and empty with promises that “something will be done that directly ensures this will never happen again.” And yet here we are experiencing a string of horrendous events that continue to take place. These are idle promises that do not take the situation head on, instead they are press conferences curated to ease the minds of the people while accomplishing nothing. Take Obama’s “support of both protestor’s and police in question about shootings.”
The go-to seems to be the use of distraction as a form of appeasement for the public so as to calm any infuriated parties. As seen above, a major ongoing issue is gun violence in communities and specifically police gun violence aimed towards black people. The only reason innocent individuals are being harmed and killed is the color of their skin combined with police officers on deranged power trips. Let’s take a look why this innocent autistic man’s caregiver got shot trying to calm his patient down.
Let’s tiptoe around the fact that ISIS (cue Obama’s Response to the Nice Attack) should have been addressed and how we need to nip that in the bud. Like Obama, Let’s instead promote and emphasize the concept of tolerance because it will make such a difference.
Moral of the story: Action needs to be made to prevent further attacks and to protect lives.
Take A Peak: Where this generation’s Focus & Attention is directed towards…
We live in a world where millions of desensitized, distracted and uninformed individuals are more concerned with a Pokemon app than the virtue and value of fellow human life. As I sat in my room, alone, reflecting on the somber and disgusted emotions I felt upon hearing the news of the Truck Attack in Nice, all I could hear were a group of 20-something year old men talking about what they caught in their pokeballs. All I could hear were names of charizard and blastoise. They weren’t the least concerned with the major atrocities that have been occurring across the globe (such as the Orlando Shooting), which have spanned amongst nations. They were not reflecting on the loss of human life or how those losses impacted families. How the acts of terrorism themselves affected the political stance of governments or the now evident global safety concerns. They weren’t aware of any aspect of life that expanded beyond the small apartment room they resided in at that moment.
Flabbergasted, I thought most people would be in utter shock as I was, almost physically debilitated from experiencing the range of emotions flurrying within my Being. Unable to interact with anyone or anything outside the covers I had cocooned myself in, in my bed. Or that they would be enraged and fired up, so lividly, they would demand the world change right then and there.
These were people. People who had lives and families and homes. People who had Life coursing through their veins. Life that once pounded awake with DREAMS every morning. Life that understood pain and sorrow as a part of the human condition. LIFE THAT LOOKED FORWARD TOWARDS HOPE. Life that felt and loved and hurt.
Take A Glimpse In: What this generation values…
We live in a world where A 15 year old boy named Zaevion Dobson, plagued in a town of violence, battered with bullets (to shield his friends and brother), is the equivalent courageous act as A famous olympic athlete who discovered herself as being transgendered. We consider it to being the equivalent of experiencing the rest of your life as a double-amputee such as Iraq War Veteran Noah Gallaway. A transgendered woman that was able afford the top-quality procedures, heels and accessories that came along with her discovery was put in the same category as Zaevion Dobson and Noah Gallaway. We consider that journey to be the same, in courage, as being murdered as a 15 year old boy or living as a double-amputee veteran. I think it’s fabulous that Caitlyn Jenner was able to bring light to the world of being transgendered, but I would not compare her to Zaevion Dobson or Noah Gallaway.
The Arthur Ashe Courage Award was created to be presented annually to individuals whose contributions “transcend sports.” In honor of this man:
There are people who are putting their lives on the line in the name of: Freedom, Truth & Justice. Their energy and focus is directed towards causes that affect human beings personally, nationally and on a global level. They deserve our energy and focus to go towards freeing and helping them. We need a national and global shift in the Collective Consciousness to accomplish these actions!
This Chinese Lawyer Wang Yu is a political prisoner and apart of FreeThe20. She’s featured in and voice is heard in super activist Ye Haiyan’s Documentary Hooligan Sparrow filmed by Nanfu Wang.
We need to refocus on WHAT’S IMPORTANT and WHAT MATTERS.
We live in a world where injustices need to be faced head on by acknowledging problems and taking action that will put beneficial change into effect. By acknowledging these problems as problems we can change problems into solutions. By recognizing the realities of situations, longstanding and successful practices can take the place of the current unjust procedures that were thrown together as temporary solutions. Successful practices put in place that will benefit the populace and will endure.
These problems are happening and they’re happening NOW and they DO affect you. We need to:
LOOK INTO THE OF THE STORM.
Can we please have an evolved discussion about what’s really happening to our world? #CollectiveConsciousnessShift @RuPaul
Well, can we? Because we need to. And We need to do this together.
With Susain Cain’s present Quiet Revolution in mind, the past Neruda reminds us that in silence vast amounts of fantastical notions, affirmations and self-peace can be discovered and reignited. And once your fiery spark is burning bright, you have the fuel to create your most wondrous fancies into existence. Also that finding and acquiring inner peace may be as contagious as a smile.
“KEEPING QUIET” BY PABLO NERUDA
Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
—from Extravagaria (translated by Alastair Reid, pp. 27-29, 1974)