Life Itself: Poetry E-book Available

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Dear Reader,

Hopefully you all are doing okay. Just wanted to share with you all, that I have completed a poetry e-book that is now available on Amazon (I will update on the process of hard copies.)

This collection is entitled Life Itself, and serves as the introduction into a four book series that will detail on pivotal life components and chapters in acronyms. This collection of poems is written to relinquish internalized emotions and perceptions of life itself. Life Itself is a series of lessons, blessings, and healing that mold us as a whole. This is a reflection on chapters of living. I hope that by the end you are able to feel entitled to your life’s warranty, and every touching moment you and life have ever shared. Hope to have your support as I share this journey with you all in efforts to connect and share the beauty of words.

Sincerely,

Khem

(Link Available Below)

Life Itself Poetry Book

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Breakthrough: Faith in the Turmoil

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One moment everything is fine, then it all goes wrong. It is like someone took a stray piece of thread and slowly pulled, unraveling everything to its demise. It becomes a chain reaction of unfortunate events, circumstances, and crumbling. It never stops, until an abrupt moment of hitting a bed of rocks. At this point, as human beings we feel this is what the end feels like: abrupt, forthcoming, and intense. This is what rock bottom feels like, it feels intense upon impact. We as human beings are never really prepared for it, and although we know it is coming we doubt its capabilities.

In our situation and circumstance of spiraling turmoil, we often think that we are invincible, because we have withstood the impact of this spiral of control for so long. But rock bottom is a wakeup call, it is what yanks us back to reality, it is our ultimatum. Rock bottom is where the spiral ends, but where the hole caves in and we become trapped. Desolate. This cave or hole that we get stuck in, gives us an ultimatum. Although this phase does indeed humble us, we will either rise or crumble. Each of us individually cope with being gracefully broken different. Before broken we are collapsing, it’s a type of “falling” that feels endless. It is when we get to points and spaces in our life where we always fear where bottom is ending. We unravel before the breakthrough ever begins, because it we feel too deep in the madness.

We unravel under pressure, but our breakthrough is where we find our resolution. When we as individuals reach our low, when we feel there is nothing left to give, when we feel it cannot get any worse, and we are left in dark spaces what do we take from these experiences? But despite where that dark space is, there is always something we are left with. It is where we make our discovery of the changes that must com, or the effort needed to advance our progress for the better. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, small enough to fit in your hands enough for you to carry you can get through anything. Having faith through your turmoil is where your breakthrough begins. Having hope that if you do unravel into what may feel like heaps of threads that may take what feels like forever to piece together again, makes capable. It makes you resilient, that despite anything your breakthrough is coming.

 

No Strings Attached: Unconditional Self Love Part Three

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No Strings Attached:

Unconditional Self-Love

Part Three: Forgiveness

There are many things that we have yet to detach ourselves from, things that we have yet to forgive. These negative components or attributes latch unto us in a dormant way, and we become susceptible to the pain that we have yet to deal with because we refuse to. There is a difference between moving on and moving forward, and at times we confuse the two. We are unfamiliar with the adequate process of letting go, which yields us to assess the easiest coping mechanism which is refusing to forgive. When you refuse to forgive, you cheat yourself out of growth. We as human beings have to love life enough to forgive people, situations, and circumstances that have affected us. We also have to love ourselves enough to forgive ourselves.

The absence of self-love often involves lack of forgiveness. Our humanness involves imperfections in need of progress, evolvement, experience, and molding. These areas involve learning, acknowledgment, and awareness. But at times we are not coherent to our growing process, which causes us to not be receptive. When we hold grudges with other people, circumstances, and ourselves we dissolve. As individuals we sometimes think: How can I forgive them? Why should I forgive them? And sometimes we also think: How can I forgive myself? Why should I forgive myself? Do I deserve to be forgiven?

You must make peace with yourself, and acknowledge your whole being. You will have to make peace with yourself many times. Once you make peace with yourself, then you can make peace with others, and then you can make peace with your situations. Then after, you can gather the pieces of your life again you resume. And each time you relapse, and resent yourself, forgive yourself. God forgives you because he loves you. People who love you forgive you, because they love. Now all you have left is for you to love you.

 

 

 

Time Framing: Your Time

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“Your time is neither right nor wrong, it is necessary…”

There is constantly the consideration of time, it is an entity that we as humans constantly dwell and contemplate. Time is such a valuable component in our lives, but we do not view it adequately. We invest a large amount of our energy wondering and worrying about timing within our lives. It surrounds us in each and everything we do; we have to consider it in every way. Time overwhelms us because: there is never enough, there is too much, it feels right, it feels wrong, reassuring, or uncertain.

Time centers and inserts itself in our choices, our plans, and everywhere in which it plays a role. One main discrepancy we often face is the comparison of timing with the timing of others. It is portrayed as if we are competing with making things happen; time framing everything before we lose it. But in reality we are not really competing with others nor time, we are just trying to keep up with it. We become afraid of being left behind by time, by people, or opportunities. So we compare and contrast ourselves with others thinking, “Why am I behind when..?”

  • We should be at the same place.
  • We started at around the same time.
  • We performed the same tasks.
  • We do the same thing(s).

Or we consider “What could have been..?”

  • If I had change my approach.
  • If I had not made this mistake.
  • If I had listened and taken the initiative.
  • If I had took the opportunity while it was there.
  • If I did what he, she, or they did.

Would it be different? The answer is no, it probably would not have turned out any differently. Time never stops going, it continues, it comes when it must, and leaves when it has to. Time does not empathize with expectations, it empathizes with reality. Time is unlimited when abundant, and limited when fated. It is not perfect, but is necessary for our journey. It is different for everyone, because our journeys are not the same. We as individuals may have similarities in our journeys, but one main thing we differ with is timing. Our detours differ, our steps and precautions are considered differently, our plans and initiatives differ, as well as our circumstances. Where we each are, at this moment is where we were meant to be. It is not right or wrong timing, it is your time. It is fitting, whether understood or not.

Consider where you are now, and understand where you are. Become aware and familiar. Trust in your process and timing, and avoid the comparisons of the timing of others. Your time is coming, and comes when it must.

The Gray Area: Finding Your Purpose

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There are periods in our lives when we feel incomplete. Incomplete in a way that the rest of our life journey remains unclear. Remains vague and imaginative, where we are ill prepared. Recollect on every moment you have fulfilled an obligation, a task, a goal, or overcome a stable hurdle. That is when you reach the, “What now?” After investing energy into things, situations, and people and reaching a place of contentment and completion, what happens after that? What is your next step, what is your next obligation, task, goal, or even your next hurdle? We at times do not grant ourselves time to ponder in the gray area, which is why we often do not understand the importance of being tranquil. The absence of tranquility is the absence of trust, understanding, and patience.

The gray area is an indefinite existence, it is somewhat like “floating in between” reality now and what reality will later be. The gray area is the period of some of the following things:

  • Going through the motions of daily living.
  • Having a plan, but not acting upon it.
  • Having a plan, acting upon it, but it remains unfulfilled.
  • Feeling unaccomplished or unattainable

This period that you are in, or have been in whether less or more frequently is not your imagination, it’s not a myth, but it it is indeed mental. It’s dwindling in a place of uncertainty with your surroundings, your identity, or your purpose. As human beings we desire to be purposeful and fulfilled in life, we desire for meaning. But we encounter gray areas that hinder us in the process. We then realize we have spent so time searching for meaning, that we never to a moment to buffer. Hindering the process of our desire to grow.

How do we stop floating in between? What better way than to trust in the presence of uncertainty. The way in which we approach uncertainty, determines the way we process it and the way we take initiative. Acknowledge your gray. Acknowledge it’s significance of becoming more familiar with yourself, others, and your life. It’s a fearful process, it’s conflicting, but it’s important. At times we need a period of reflection and buffering to acknowledge the possibilities.

No Strings Attached: Unconditional Self-Love Part Two

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No Strings Attached:

Unconditional Self-Love

Part Two: De-cluttering

Sometimes we have to re-organize ourselves as individuals. In order to do this, we require a fresh slate of beginnings. Each new day you are granted and blessed to see is an opportunity to become better, it means your journey has yet to be completed and your progress is just getting started.

It is time for you to take a moment after breaking to de-clutter yourself. Have you ever felt in certain moments that you were consumed with so much, and even too much? This is a sign that you are in need of cleansing yourself of all unwanted things, and the things you no longer need. When you are consumed with too many things at once, you can become toxic internally and externally.

The unwanted, neglectful, and negative entities that attempt to plague you affect your value. Those things in return affect the love you need for yourself. You have to clean; otherwise you will remain in turmoil of chaos. Detoxify internally as well as externally. You must first de-clutter internally to know your value and worth. The external portion de-clutters when you have molded yourself more equipped to your value as a person.

Here are some of the following ways to de-clutter:

  • Spend time alone– There is a difference in isolation and being alone. Being alone is being with self for an intentional purpose. You learn the most about yourself when it is just you and the space you are in. There is no room for error or interference, just you, space, and opportunity.
  • Feedback- Sometimes we need feedback from others, but it is important to be receptive. Understand that self- view is not the only view. As humans it is important that we are coherent to different perspectives and views. It allows for growth and substance. However do not conflict this notion, we should not care “too” much, otherwise we will never be true to ourselves. However, feedback and viewpoints are important in further molding ourselves and evolving through coherence and being open-minded.
  • Intimate circle- Identify the people you care for, and the people who care for you. Surrounding yourself with people who are “for” you like you are “for” them will impact your de-cluttering. By “for”, it means people intended and introduced into your life purposefully. These are the people who want you to become the best version of yourself and want the best for you out of life. You will recognize these people at the pit of your worst; if they are still ever present do not steer them any different. Allow them to be there for you.
  • Removal- Remove what is not healthy for you. This can be relationships, personal possessions, attitudes/behaviors, or habits. Space for growth is neither available nor present due to the amount of space being taken by what must be removed. These are not bad people or things, they are just not meant for you. They were meant for reasons, but not longevity. The removal of certain relationships/people or things may allow not only for you to grow, but for them to grow as well. The best love is giving someone what they need, not what they want.

Give yourself time to de-clutter, wipe away the smudges, dust, and debris that has been collected from hoarding away so many things. Minimize yourself to make room for self-love to work its way through the cracks and crevices of your mind, body, and soul. Make room for love to enter where it needed to be all along.

No Strings Attached:

Unconditional Self-Love

Part One: Dealing With Your Broken

If you noticed, sometimes it takes something broken for a breakthrough to arise. It sounds ironic, that something drastic must occur or that someone must have hit their breaking point to conquer the problem. We do not look at self-love originally as a problem; we view it as a part of our lifestyle. It’s involved in our behaviors and our words. These actions, words, and thoughts we possess that are negligent to our image and the perception we have of ourselves. They become things that we have adapted to, they become “us”.

Every person has a breaking point, but we do not revel in this. We frown at the idea of “breaking” because, society around us has painted the scenario and implanted the thought that broken is not beautiful, desirable, or loved. The idea of broken has been changed into the following: unattainable, undesirable, unfixable, and hopeless. These fixated terms slope the way we view ourselves, it diminishes our love for our existence. Here is the message I hope resonates with you after your breakdown:

  • Diminish Suppression: Do not deprive yourself of being set free and lifted of burdens and constraints. We as humans are not equipped to inhibiting ourselves and concealing our attitudes and emotions beyond a certain point. Allow yourself to unravel; you do not have to remain together to the point where you are only hurting yourself by holding everything in.
  • Acknowledge the Pain- Some forms of acknowledgement hurt, and the acknowledgement of lacking self-love is one of many pains. Broken is a deeply rooted feeling, which evolves from tiny portion of us into engulfing and encompassing the person as a whole. When the pain is acknowledged or treated as something small or as nothing, it becomes so much more. If you ignore it, you do a disservice to yourself and your humanness by ignoring that you are hurting and in pain. Tell yourself the truth, acknowledge what is real.
  • Broken Is Not Pretty But Needed- Understand that your journey to reaching a breakthrough of self-love and value is not going to be “pretty”, it will not be something you will be attracted to in the beginning. The lack of self-love or the idea of living yourself has become unfamiliar. When you have journeyed too far and too deep into the dark place where self-love has become scarce or absent in worth, it takes more time and investment to resolve. Sometimes you have to be broken gracefully in the most impressive way.
  • You are Repairable- Do not view yourself as a hopeless tragedy, do not abandon yourself. Broken can be beautiful again, be wise you can evolve from it. Nothing can be exactly the same as it once was but it can be better and more valued.

This area is a start for gaining control of where you are losing yourself and your worth. It is important to unravel and release to replenish yourself. Begin in this phase; loosen at the seams where you are holding on by the threads.

  • Write a letter to yourself, the person you are now, and tell them how you feel.
  • Pray and have a conversation with God, your close inner circle, or even yourself.
  • Meditate and take a pause. (Disengage from distractions for a set moment for yourself).
  • Cry; release the negative energy and emotions inside of you.

After you have finished any or some of these options tell yourself you are going to do better and become better. Speak this into existence, to where you begin to believe it is real. This series and phases of gaining self-love in the most unconditional will be a significant journey. By the end, I hope you will gain the gift of loving yourself with no restraints, no conditions, and no strings attached.

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Grace Granted Through Passion

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“I choose to journey, and not to conform…”

-Lauren J. Covito

We journey through life with intentions of reaching ur purpose. Our purpose is what we are destined to do, why we are destined to do it, and who we are destined to be. This journey often leads us, as individuals, to identify who we are. Once we identify who we are, it allows for us to remain true to our self in the process. A significant factor that allows for us as human being so identify is through our spirituality. Created in God’s image and likeness, we are molded and crafted for a sense of self, that God already knows. He knows who we are capable of becoming, and gracefully transgresses us for a higher purpose. He graciously grants us with what we have been gifted, to share with others. Through our passions, our connections with others, and our faith we are able to understand our destiny and fate. How do can we utilize the tools we have been given and the faith in our “process” to evolve into the best versions of ourselves and share our journeys with others. Lauren J. Covito shares her personal journey as a Christian, and the role her spirituality plays in her passions, especially music.

A 28 year old musician, Lauren “Joy” Covito lives through prayer, love, and music. The songstress duos with her husband of seven years under the stage name Elle Deva. Covito shares her journey in her interview of growth as a Christian, a wife, and a musician.

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Question: Explain how your spirituality plays a significant role in the passionate areas of your life

Lauren: As a singer/songwriter, my spirituality plays a huge role in every aspect of my life, but especially where music is concerned. As a firm believer in Christ, I feel music is prayer and I may not write Gospel or mention His name, however, it’s worship. Each time I’m on stage and in every moment of writing, I get to use what He has given me, a kind of grace I am fully aware of in my life.

Question: Explain the challenges you have faced with individuality (staying true to yourself) in the world of music.

Lauren: A few years ago, my duo (Elle Deva) was approached by a very well-known label with an offer specifically for me as a singer. They were prepared to offer me a complete deal, including writing for me. The thing I find at times with music is that, to make music and succeed you often have to sound like the music that already exists, we’re closing our minds more and more with every generation to new sounds and new music. This is one of the main reasons I don’t often take a liking to mainstream music, it’s already been done, the lyrics cover similar topics. Indie music on the other hand is what I’m drawn to mostly, the lyrics are vast, very relatable and takes you places, it paints pictures that expands the imagination. This is what commercial music lacks, it’s no longer a journey. Getting back to my experience, I chose to journey and not to conform. I may never reach the level of listeners as a mainstream artist, the few I do reach I pray only I’ve managed to help them dream, to comfort an emotion and express it purely.

Question: What do you believe are some of the beautiful components of your faith?

Lauren: Being completely immersed in my faith, often allows me to remain sane, keeps my communication calm and the anxiety at bay. One of the most beautiful components is definitely that fact that people often pick this up, pubs, bars any venue I’ve performed in I usually have people who do not believe asking me if I’m a believer. The conversations get deep, where people open themselves without me asking, they share their deepest regrets and sometimes even question me being a musician and a christian. This is where I am able to show that it is possible to believe and be a blessing.

Question: What are some of your most significant lyrics? (lyrics that can resonate with other viewers, listeners, and yourself)

Lauren: ‘Rain Roses’ was written in a very difficult period of my life, a period where nothing made sense and all I could do was look at the heavens, asking God to let it rain roses in my life, send the miracle in this confusion.

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Rain Roses:

Colours turn to shapes

Shapes into lines

Nothing’s as it seems, we’re delusional

Heartbeats turn to stone

Bones into dust

All we cry is fire all we see is smoke

Sky open

Chance fall down

And rain, would you rain roses

Before the sky falls

Would you rain?

Your promises become lies

Your comfort changes into wind

And the words you speak

Are like killer bullets to my soul

All I do is sigh

Now I’m bleeding hope, I won’t give up, I won’t give in.

Question: What do you identify as key components of staying true to yourself (this is a good area to enlighten others with advice, steps to take, and how navigate through their journey)

Lauren: Staying true to myself has never proved difficult, as I have never been easily influenced. Bullying, the urge to become something I’m not never phased me. No matter your spiritual beliefs, something I find helps me stay true to myself , is always making time to learning new things about myself, accepting my weaknesses and rejoicing in my strengths. The more you know yourself the easier it is to be yourself. My faith in this case of course plays a major role, because not only can I accept myself but I have a belief system that encourages me to ‘be’.

Question: Explain ways in which you connect with various people through your connection with God.

Lauren: Connecting with people is a blessing in disguise, it always lifts me in my lowest times to connect with people, religious or not. There’s always something to learn. One of the main things I do before performing or even reaching the destination is I reach out to God and ask Him in prayer, to help my voice touch a life, to send me people who might need a word of encouragement, or perhaps people who might have a word for me This has always been my help, as I’ve never once completed a performance where I haven’t gone into the most amazing conversations. Human connection is simple, in a small amount of time, you give and receive, that’s the power of not only connecting but the blessing of words.

Question: What are some words of encouragement that you would offer to others to reach their divine calling?

Lauren: Finding your divine calling really begins with knowing yourself. Everything you’ve been handed in life, begin to see it as grace, don’t get easily discouraged. Everything takes time, especially the big things in life. Trust me, when things take time, you’ll be prepared to handle it when it shows up and also have an intense gratitude towards your calling when it is made visible.

I’d Rather Rescue Myself

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Basically poetry saved me…”

-Deyana Burke

Pain saved her in the most beautiful way. Deyana Burke did not imagine that in the beginning, her personal escape of writing would turn into an art form and a craft. the young North Carolina native was introduced to poetry during her youth, as a therapeutic outlet to heal herself.

“Poetry was introduced into my life when I was 12.” Burkes says, “When I was 12, I decided to just write down my feelings on paper. Around this time I would say I started to lose myself. I was getting bullied and it was getting out of hand. At the age of 14 I got my heart broken, and that led to more poems. By that time, I saw that a lot of my poems were based on things that were apart of my life.”

Burkes detailed on her personal difficulties coping and dealing with pain.

“When I was in middle school I was going through a lot, and didn’t know how to express my feelings.” Burkes stated. “By me not telling others, I took matters into my own hands and began to inflict pain on myself.”

Throughout her journey of healing and self-discovery, Burkes discovered the beauty in the process of self-growth and care.

“I eventually got the help that I needed.” Burkes stated. “I began to write down my feelings to relax, it eventually turned into me writing poetry as a hobby. When I moved to Georgia at 15, the poems started to slow down. I found different ways to help me with my anger: yoga, painting, drawing, music, and of course poetry were the key things to keep me balanced and happy.”

As her perseverance and resilience motivated her journey, Burkes did not forget about her gift and special talent. As she matured, she became more serious to further evolve and strengthen her craft.

“As I got older, I saw that poetry was a talent that I have.” Burkes stated. “I got deeper into it, and started going to open mics, concerts, and perform in talents shows.”

Burkes detailed on her earlier experiences, during the beginning of her pursuits with poetry.

“When I was 13, I performed for the first time on stage at my school’s black history program.” Burkes stated. “My junior and senior year of high school, I performed in my school’s talent show.”

Stepping out of her comfort zone, Burkes decided to pursue a bold step and integrate herself into the realm of slam poetry. Nervous about her new experience, she was motivated and encouraged to take the initiative.

“I slammed for the first time October of 2016.” Burkes stated. “My first performance was at Marquis Slam in Fayetteville, NC (an open mic slam competition. Originally, I wasn’t going to go up there, but my cousin encouraged me to do so. I didn’t have anything memorized which freaked me out! I was already nervous, because I didn’t know how the audience was going to react. The crowd wasn’t too big, but it was probably about over 30 people there. I went on stage and recited two of my poems; She and Nations. The audience loved it! When I started to speak I was nervous, but after a few lines I forgot about everything and just started to flow. It was an amazing experience. Performing there helped me to seek out more opportunities. ”

After her first slam, Burkes continued to seek for opportunities to grow as a poet, and gain experiences as well as bonds in the process.

“Earlier this year, I put in an audition tape to be apart of a poetry team, not knowing that we would be competing in a different state.” Burkes stated. “I eventually made it on the Fayetteville Fire Slam Team, and we have competed against many other teams in the U.S. Our team went to Louisville, Kentucky this year to compete in the 2017 Southern Fried.

Learning through her experiences, she further details of what she has gained through the opportunity of being apart of a team.

“I would like to thank my cousin Shannon for pushing me that day in October to slam.” Burkes stated. “If I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t have known about the audition. Being apart of this team taught me how to grow in my vocabulary, write outside the box, and choose topics and themes that challenge me from what I know I can do. I would say having these opportunities of meeting new people, who have done slam poetry for years, has made me stronger as a writer. I reflect on the things that I wrote years ago, and came back and to it to make it stronger.”

Through her connections with others, she remains humbled throughout her journey. Burkes has strengthened and continued to mold herself as not only a poet, but also as an individual.

“I still get nervous before I perform, but that’s because I really care about my art in poetry.” Burkes stated. “I didn’t think I would get noticed from doing spoken word, but every so often, someone will come up to me and say they remember me. I noticed that I have grown as a person. I don’t get angry as easy; I am more into meditation and staying balanced and happy.”

Deyana Burkes shares her story, in hopes to connect with others in a passionate way. She leads by example, that pain helps you grow to where you need to be. She molded something beautiful out of tainted experiences.

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“The struggle to identify love from destruction is something that blinds us all”
-Nour Tohamy

How we perceive and interpret the world around us plays a vital role in our journey. Our perception determines how we identify through our ideas, morals, beliefs, and interpretations. Nour Tohamy explains the moralistic theme and concepts of her work as, “The exploration of human vulnerability through conceptualism and femininity.” Tohamy encourages through her deep provoking work on the reflection of nature, and how we as humans can engulf the healing and serenity within it. Her inspiration as she quotes, “My travels. Conversations with strangers. Train rides. Strangely shaped leaves. Babies laughing. Abandoned warehouses. Anything and everything.” Tohamy gives an in depth explanation of her conceptualistic perspective in the analysis of art. She shares her beliefs that we are capable of understanding the value of art beyond its colorful layers. Nour Tohamy journeys viewers through strengthening their vision and what captivates the eye.

Brief Background Of Conceptualism

In retrospect to an article presented by Widewalls, “The Conceptual Art Movement is probably the most radical and the most controversial plane in modern and contemporary art. Conceptual art is the dimension of art being an idea or a concept. This art form involves the minimal use of material, in order for viewers and interpreters to embrace the power in “idea”. How do they interpret the work? This concept steers away from the perspective of the artist’s intention. Nour explains the frame of mind and perspective she utilizes to intrigue viewers, draw them in, and allows others to become a part of the vision.

Question: Define “art” in your own format.

Nour: Art for me is the key card to your most raw self and your imprint on the world.

Question: In the interpretation of conceptualism, explain this art form and movement.

Nour: This art form is very open to interpretation. My concepts are never too grounded, so my audience can wonder between stillness/ movement, strength/ weakness, innocence and everything that counteracts it.

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Question: What do you feel are some of the most important aspects of creativity?

Nour: Reflection. Adventure. Don’t spend too much time browsing for ‘inspiration’ on the Internet. I feel like too much of it numbs originality. Spend time outside of your comfort zone (and your house). Explore your potential. Go for a live muse and in fact treat everyone and everything like a muse. All of it has a story and can have an effect on you and your art. Find who you are inside and go for it. And ride horses man! They’re super spiritual and stuff!

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Question: How can a person interpret creativity through the naked eye?

Nour: That is the amazing thing about true creativity; it cannot be forged because it is based solely on your now interpretation and experiences in the world. Every thought and opinion is shaped by a particular life and I feel that once a person can access that uniqueness that they have, it opens up a door or incredibly endless creativity whether it is expressed through art or any other outlet. And once it is released into the world, it could trigger and be part of someone else’s journey of creativity! Behold the wonderful circle of art.

Question: In the interpretation of conceptualism, explain this art form and movement.

Nour: This art form is very open to interpretation. My concepts are never too grounded, so my audience can wonder between stillness/ movement, strength/ weakness, innocence and everything that counteracts it.

Question: Explain the moralistic theme behind your work. What inspires you?

Nour: The moralistic theme of my work could best be described as the exploration of human vulnerability through conceptualism and femininity. Inspiration? My travels. Conversations with strangers. Train rides. Strangely shaped leaves. Babies laughing. Abandoned warehouses. Anything and everything.

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Question: What makes you stand out as an artist?

Nour: What makes me stand out? Nothing fancy, just me being myself. It’s a very cliché concept but it really is very true. There will be no muse more unique and accessible to you than the miles your heart and mind has done.

Nour Tohamy aspires to inspire others on the importance of authenticity. She states, “In my opinion, the most important think an artist can do is being honest and daring. That’s where the art comes out the strongest- from our most desperate states. Tap into them and break into yourself. The art is just a bonus!”

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