Ms. Mindful Mess

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I was born with a messy mind. Most of my life, I have sought to make sense of all this clutter upstairs. Sometime in the later ’90’s, while sitting at the Shari’s restaurant in Lacey, WA, I casually drew a one-line, meditating person. I called my mindfully sketched friend a stick figure despite their soft, curvaceaous silhouette. The simple, swooping lines were soothing to draw, and my rotund bodhisattva stayed with me through the years, peeking from a dorm room deep in my my brain.

 

Early 2021, I felt creatively stagnant with both camera and pen, so I picked up a sketch book. Once again, my simple, plump friend appeared on the paper. This time, I invited them to stay. I doodled the figure over and over again, and began to build stream-of-consciousness worlds around it. These visual streams of consciousness emerge when I let go of all judgment; all past conceptions of myself. This non-judgment fosters, in me, an unprecedented freedom to create. The endless materials available for use in mixed media art foster limitless possibilities. My goal is to bring many elements together cohesively enough that the viewer finds the chaos welcoming, and friendly enough to step in.

 

Thank you for your interest, and welcome to my messy mind.

Kel Denke
9th December, 2021

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Untitled, Eyes

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Point of Reference

Point Of Reference

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The Power Of One 

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Enough 

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Still

Still

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Flamingah

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Kal

Kaleidochicken

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Celestial Sneeze

Celestial Sneeze

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The Staircase

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Phoebe

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BathTime

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The Key

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Pick Out The Pieces

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Don’t Blink

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