William Zev is a Fine Artist from Scottsdale, Arizona. In his early years, the traditional high school model didn't fit for him, so his parents decided to enroll him into the New School for the Art. He began his art journey by sitting in his bedroom doodling in a notebook. He had aspirations for being a filmmaker or digital artist, but everything changed once he was introduced to oil painting. William's art now reflects his appreciation for the transcendence of the animal kingdom and other mysteries of the universe.
This week on Inner Monologue podcast we have the guest, Laura Baran, artist and co-founder of Arts and Dreams based in New York City. Arts and Dreams is an organization offering creative workshops and classes to help others heal and empower themselves through the arts. The organization was inspired by the experience of her brother's suicide many years ago, where she used her own art practice to heal from the loss. She shares the power of having an outlet when handling difficult experiences or uncomfortable emotions. She also discusses the process of healing herself through creativity and affirmations within art. This has rippled out into her life and shifted everything for her for the better. She emphasizes the commitment she has to self love and changing herself and how much art played an important role in starting this path. Developing this organization has also taught her that community is its own form of healing. It exposes her to many through the arts and empowerment and invites her into a role of connection and growth.
This week on Inner Monologue podcast we have guest Travis Moore, professional photographer and survivor based in Lawrence, Kansas. He shares the art form of professional photography and how he finds inspiration, always seeing the world through a photographic perspective. He describes the layered process of grief after losing his brother, who was his best friend and mentor. His love of nature and outdoor adventure became one of his main healing sources with the combination of photography to release his pain into his art form. He discusses the concept of adrenaline and adventure which brings you closer to death, allowing you to appreciate life that much more. He also shares the journey of finding yourself again on a solo trip and the open road, knowing who you are after experiencing challenge.
This week's guest on Inner Monologue is Journalism Major, Jamee Lind. Jamee has a long history with the subject of addiction. Both parents dealt with their own addiction with drugs & alcohol. Jamee's own plight with addiction has to do with technology, particularly social media. We exchange our personal experience with addiction and our belief that our addictions were symptoms to great underlying issues.