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Annie is Beautiful! An artist thats been burned for the better!
Beautiful Girl of the Week is a series of Beautiful Girls who are stand outs for what they contribute to the world through their beautiful actions! We feature the Beautiful Girl of the Week on the Rewrite Beautiful blog as an attempt to inspire other girls and women to use their own gifts and talents to impact their communities. Our hope is that bringing positive attention to women’s actions will inspire them to embrace their own creative calling!
A few of my friends joke that the character Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel from the show New Girl, resembles some major, quirky, blurty Irvinaisms. I squirm and shake my head at the often awkward truth I see on screen. Now, Annie is the complete opposite of Zooey Deschanel awkwardness; Annie is just so cool. We’re talking the legit cool of oblivious, “Huh? I’m cool?” Homegirl isn’t even aware that her relaxed style, poignant thoughts and laid back suggestions bring a fresh, calm yet exciting energy to every room and gallery she and her art enters. Making it no wonder that we featured her as an artist TELEIOS last summer. This summer she has been accepted to the Summer Painting Intensive and Temple University! If Check out my interview with beautiful Annie below!
Irvina: Annnnnnnnnnnnnnie! What’s up amazing artist, cool girl extraordinaire! Thanks for talking to me today! Tell our beautiful peeps about a fun project you’re currently working on?
Annie: I am excited to announce that I have been accepted to Tyler School of Art's Summer Painting Intensive at Temple University in Philadelphia. The Summer Painting Intensive (SPI) is a seven-week fully immersive studio residency that will offer me the experience to develop my work and studio practice, the chance to work with acclaimed visiting artists, and to produce a new and exciting body of work!
The work that I will create while in residency at SPI will be a development of my current series of work, which deals with the body, disfigurement, and women’s rights, and consists of large drawings and paintings on transparent materials. I plan to create a series of work that expands the current work into painting as installations.
Irvina: Jeez, what a subject to be creating on! You’ll be telling a big story through your art! Congratulations you’re going to spread a big message, I can feel it! So Annie, what are you passionate about?
Annie: I am passionate about (in no particular order): art, painting, women's rights and activism, poetry, yoga, baking, dogs, coffee, friendships, my family, learning, and helping others.
Irvina: I LOVE your passions! Double hi-five! Not easy to find a cookie baking, dog loving, yoga girl! What do you do for fun?
Annie: Beyond work (my work is super fun... Portola Coffee Lab) and studio practice (painting), I practice yoga, spend time with my friends, visit galleries and museums, bake goodies, and participate in a group once a month that centers around women's empowerment.
Irvina: Rad group! Let’s get more of those going! So whether it’s a hobby, a job or friendships what do you contribute to the world that you’re most proud of?
Annie: I am most proud of the artwork that I produce and the voice that I have as an artist. Very briefly let me explain my work and my connection to it: I suffered a burn to 18% of my body over six years ago. My paintings use my experience being burned as a way to talk about female Afghan victims of self-immolation. My work has become a forum for me to discuss women's rights, a way for me to heal as an individual, and a place for me to ask critical questions about our country's position in global politics. I believe that the body of work that I will work on at the Summer Painting Intensive will provide me with the resources and lack of distractions to fully invest myself in my work.
Irvina: I love how you took what must have been a traumatic experience and used it as an opportunity to relate to others on a deeper level. Not just anyone either, people incredibly different from yourself. That is quite beautiful. Annie, tell us the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Annie: Hmmm... you really want to know???? I don't even know where to begin or how to qualify that. Crazy bad or crazy fun :) I have done some crazy bad things that I walked through and have come out a stronger person, and thankfully I gained perspective from experiencing all of that. Crazy fun?? You know, ever since I stopped doing all of the crazy bad stuff my life has become much more level. That sounds pretty boring but I enjoy the stability and peace.
Irvina: Well said. I’m a big fan of stability and peace too. It’s way underrated. So, which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?
Annie: In my community I believe I most exhibit KINDNESS. I felt compelled to say creativity, as I am a creative person, but I feel as though I value service to others in my community beyond creativity. I value honesty and being connected to others. I take ACTION to become more kind and compassionate towards my community, whereas I feel more intrinsically creative.
Irvina: I like that statement! Gives me a lot to ponder! Who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?
Annie: These are hard questions Irvina! The first person to come to mind is my Grandma. Her name was Rita and she passed away when I was 17 and in the depths of the "crazy bad". She had these amazingly clear, kind blue eyes and blonde hair. She always had on some bright shade of lipstick and had a radiant smile. Her physical beauty was a symptom of her loving spirit. She just oozed love and compassion. She taught my mom (the next most beautiful women) how to raise a family, and how to truly convey unconditional love. That is pretty freaking gorgeous!
Irvina: Agreed! And what do you wish young women knew about beauty?
Annie: I wish they knew that high school is not a permanent state. I know that they may "know" that, but if only they could fast forward and experience coming into their own and experiencing their passion- suddenly being a size 00 is not AS important. I wish they knew that curves are totally sexy and that men actually love that. If they suffer from an eating disorder, I wish they knew that...... it is not about the food or their body.
If you have been inspired by Annie and would like to support her painting studies at Temple University please feel free to donate to her Kickstarter Campaign HERE!
So what inspired you about Annie? What’s your take away?
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