Mash-up: MCDs + Life In General (2018)

Someone Can Read Your Mind (2011)

Brakhage Footage + Knott Poem (2019)

Based on my dream (I saw a two-headed eagle rise from a bowl of milk) • 2018

Based on my dream (I saved a drowning bird) • 2018

Social teaser for poetry book, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) • 2018

Pop Cullture Museum, Seattle + Mina Loy's Strum (2017)

Ken Kesey said it. It bears remembering. (2017)

“Scarcely Gilded” is a poem pulled from a book I'm currently writing. It certainly addresses these times of distress, uncertainty, and distancing. (Of note: you'll also find a cinepoem about social distancing called "Caterpillar Suit" below—a piece I wrote in Dec/Jan...long before COVID-19 was a household moniker/acronym. Prophetically scary, but not surprising considering how divided the US became). To create, I used Adobe Spark, Adobe Premiere Rush, Free Music Archive, Pexels, Unsplash, and public domain clips. I'm self-taught (wanna-be filmmaker) so I have much to learn, but I believe my instinct for visual art direction and editing impulse is there.
When I wrote my 2013 collection, Professional Poetry, the poems were intended to speak to the value of the working person (poet) through the lens of her/his/their “day” jobs. It was not only paying poetic homage to various professions (ala Studs Turkel's "Working") but it was an exploration of the artist localizing her place in this structure. In the collection, I examined the commodification of poetry and the absurdity of “mktg” in this space. This poem, “I Am Not You Are”, was originally *not* supposed to be included, but it seemed a fitting end to illustrate the metaphorical tug between “contributing” (economic member of society - aka consumer) and waning citizen (unidentifiable in a petri dish of metrics and forced identity "categories").
After Jeffrey Gibson's exhibition "Like a Hammer" at Seattle Art Museum (2019), I was inspired to continue exploring more deeply the pagan aspects of my Baltic culture. Gibson explores his own Native American heritage: his works include large and mid-sized figurative objects, text-based wall hangings, a selection of illustrious Everlast beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, as well as videos. He remixes his work to "reveal a distinct visual vocabulary that comes up in his multi-faceted identity".

This really spoke to me, as I continue to identify what it means to be both deeply rooted in pagan themes (nature) while dabbling in the inevitable spaces of fundamental biology (science, medicine): what can be perhaps perceived as the old world and the new colliding. Codes exist in natural places—in cellular (genetic) structures and realms. I wanted to experiment with this in my work.
Poets and visual artists understand the significance of harnessing the energy of historical moments or unprecedented times. To get a message out there for solidarity’s sake. This cinepoem seems more relevant and timely than ever. We’ve all had to re-examine how we navigate stressful times—in seclusion. How do we realign with our shared natures so that we can emerge as butterflies from these (hopefully) short-lived cocoons?

This poem explores what it means to wear suits of natural instinct as we move through separations (especially in light of children actually being cruelly separated from parents). My parents were displaced people (born in post WW2 German camps, on to Brazil, Canada, and US), so seeing this exhibit really evoked ideas of what it means to be “separate”. This is perhaps the fear we collectively recycle for the coming decade to finally resolve it.
I concepted a children's book about cooperation & barnacles!
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Poet Larry Sawyer had always wanted to write a children's story.

Artist, bike enthusiast, and long-time Larry-friend, WD Smith, was looking to draw something new.

In 2016, they decided to write this story about teamwork and cooperation. The book addresses how—no matter how dire things seem—strength in numbers is still powerful. That many of us, when we band together, can turn the tide. So they settled on barnacles (yes, barnacles)!  Although barnacles are often seen as pests to sailors, in this exciting story, barnacles just may save the day. (Readers young and old may recognize the character of the evil captain—a blowhard, know-nothing who says hateful and nonsensical things daily). 
20% of book sales went to refugee resettlement organization, RefugeeOne.
Poetry doesn’t wrap it up in a neat gift 🎁 box for you.   You have to infer.  You have to listen 👂 to her/his/their voice.  You have to think 🤔 a bit.  Shelley once said that poets were the unacknowledged legislators of the world.  In these times, stories can be comforting but they can also be redundant & shallow.  Poetry has depth, commands us to listen. This moment in history requires us to LISTEN.   #storytelling😑  #listen #activelistening #empathy #selfawareness #truecommunication
Poetry doesn’t wrap it up in a neat gift 🎁 box for you. You have to infer. You have to listen 👂 to her/his/their voice. You have to think 🤔 a bit. Shelley once said that poets were the unacknowledged legislators of the world. In these times, stories can be comforting but they can also be redundant & shallow. Poetry has depth, commands us to listen. This moment in history requires us to LISTEN. #storytelling😑 #listen #activelistening #empathy #selfawareness #truecommunication
New Logo, 2020
New Logo, 2020
Being a poet all of these years has given me mental flexibility in my work. In my creative gigs throughout my career, I’ve been able to not only mutate but uncover hidden codes in language that resonate. This statement is about how, in my 47th year, I’ve become a new person—and not just through this crisis. It’s also about being “new” in a new city/place/time, 2020
Being a poet all of these years has given me mental flexibility in my work. In my creative gigs throughout my career, I’ve been able to not only mutate but uncover hidden codes in language that resonate. This statement is about how, in my 47th year, I’ve become a new person—and not just through this crisis. It’s also about being “new” in a new city/place/time, 2020
Poster for my series of cinepoems shown at Festival Fotogenia, Mexico City, 2019
Poster for my series of cinepoems shown at Festival Fotogenia, Mexico City, 2019
Poetry book cover, 2012
Poetry book cover, 2012
Poetry book cover, 2019
Poetry book cover, 2019
Visual poem published in Human Repair kit, 2020
Visual poem published in Human Repair kit, 2020
From "Surrealism"
From "Surrealism"
Poetry book cover, 2020
Poetry book cover, 2020
The universe stops for no one. I’m sheltering-in-place just like everyone but I’m feeling quite industrious (not unusual for me: I usually have multiple creative projects in the works. Idle hands and all that.)  Here’s another graphic to inspire us all to keep going. Keep fighting. Keep showing up. Our frontline workers are, so we should be following suit.
The universe stops for no one. I’m sheltering-in-place just like everyone but I’m feeling quite industrious (not unusual for me: I usually have multiple creative projects in the works. Idle hands and all that.) Here’s another graphic to inspire us all to keep going. Keep fighting. Keep showing up. Our frontline workers are, so we should be following suit.
Chicago, IL, 2018
Chicago, IL, 2018
Toronto, 2016
Toronto, 2016
Union Pier, MI, 2012
Union Pier, MI, 2012
Lungus, Lithuanian Forest, 1998
Lungus, Lithuanian Forest, 1998
Lithuanian Archives Project, Chicago, IL, 2019 - Wire Recorder, 1930s
Lithuanian Archives Project, Chicago, IL, 2019 - Wire Recorder, 1930s
Vilnius, Lithuania, 1998
Vilnius, Lithuania, 1998
Chicago, IL, 2018
Chicago, IL, 2018
Vilnius, Lithuania, 1998
Vilnius, Lithuania, 1998
Aga Kahn Museum, Toronto, 2016
Aga Kahn Museum, Toronto, 2016
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, 2019
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, 2019
Chicago Botanic Garden, 2013
Chicago Botanic Garden, 2013
Toronto, 2016
Toronto, 2016
Capitol Hill, Seattle, 2019
Capitol Hill, Seattle, 2019
Chicago, IL, 2017
Chicago, IL, 2017
Chicago, IL, 2019
Chicago, IL, 2019
Kit Kat Lounge, Chicago, IL, 2015
Kit Kat Lounge, Chicago, IL, 2015
Florence, Italy, 2014
Florence, Italy, 2014
Chicago, IL, 2018
Chicago, IL, 2018
The Albert, Chicago, IL, 2018
The Albert, Chicago, IL, 2018
Ward 8, Chicago, IL, 2016
Ward 8, Chicago, IL, 2016
Car Wash, 2015
Car Wash, 2015
Florence, Italy, 2014
Florence, Italy, 2014
Frozen face, 2019
Frozen face, 2019
Kabul House, Chicago, IL
Kabul House, Chicago, IL
Canadian Nature Museum, Ottawa, ON, 2018
Canadian Nature Museum, Ottawa, ON, 2018
Zion, IL
Zion, IL
UP, MI, 2014
UP, MI, 2014
Portland, OR, 2019
Portland, OR, 2019
Chicago Botanic Garden, 2015
Chicago Botanic Garden, 2015
Mt. Rainer
Mt. Rainer
Chicago, IL, 2018
Chicago, IL, 2018
Amsterdam, 2019
Amsterdam, 2019
Florence, Italy, 2014
Florence, Italy, 2014
Florence, Italy, 2014
Florence, Italy, 2014
Vilnius, Lithuania 1998
Vilnius, Lithuania 1998
Chicago, IL, 2009
Chicago, IL, 2009
Vancouver, BC, 2017
Vancouver, BC, 2017
John Bryan State Park, OH, 2017
John Bryan State Park, OH, 2017
Amsterdam, 2019
Amsterdam, 2019
High Tea at The Drake, Chicago, IL, 2018
High Tea at The Drake, Chicago, IL, 2018
Vancouver, BC, 2017
Vancouver, BC, 2017
North Shore, Lake Michigan, IL 2019
North Shore, Lake Michigan, IL 2019
Yellow Springs, OH
Yellow Springs, OH
Vancouver, BC, 2017
Vancouver, BC, 2017
UP, MI, 2014
UP, MI, 2014
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
New Buffalo, MI, 2016
New Buffalo, MI, 2016
Rogers Park, Chicago, IL 2016
Rogers Park, Chicago, IL 2016
Paris, 2017
Paris, 2017
Vancouver, BC, 2017
Vancouver, BC, 2017
Chicago, IL, 2017
Chicago, IL, 2017
Huntington Beach, CA, 2019
Huntington Beach, CA, 2019
Amsterdam, 2019
Amsterdam, 2019
Sons of the Silent Age Concert, Chicago, IL, 2018
Sons of the Silent Age Concert, Chicago, IL, 2018
Refinery 29 Pop-Up, 2018
Refinery 29 Pop-Up, 2018
Chicago, IL 2013
Chicago, IL 2013
UP, MI 2014
UP, MI 2014
Amsterdam, 2019
Amsterdam, 2019
Père Lachaise, 2017
Père Lachaise, 2017
Chicago, IL, 2016
Chicago, IL, 2016
Portland, OR, 2019
Portland, OR, 2019
Yellow Springs, OH, 2019
Yellow Springs, OH, 2019
Chicago, IL, 2018
Chicago, IL, 2018
Rogers Park, Chicago, IL, 2018
Rogers Park, Chicago, IL, 2018
Rogers Park, Chicago, IL, 2016
Rogers Park, Chicago, IL, 2016
Garage Sale, Chicago, IL, 2017
Garage Sale, Chicago, IL, 2017
Mango Pickle, Chicago, IL 2016
Mango Pickle, Chicago, IL 2016
Imaginary Chair, Loyola Library, Chicago, IL, 2017
Imaginary Chair, Loyola Library, Chicago, IL, 2017
Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
Florence, Italy, 2014
Florence, Italy, 2014
Bainbridge Island, WA, 2017
Bainbridge Island, WA, 2017
Simon's, Chicago, IL, 2016
Simon's, Chicago, IL, 2016
Paris, 2017
Paris, 2017
Amsterdam, 2019
Amsterdam, 2019
International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL
International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL
Yellow Springs, OH, 2016
Yellow Springs, OH, 2016
Denver Art Museum, 2016
Denver Art Museum, 2016
Palanga, Lithuania, 1998
Palanga, Lithuania, 1998
White Stockings, Promotional Photo, 2014
White Stockings, Promotional Photo, 2014
Canadian Nature Museum, Ottawa, ON, 2018
Canadian Nature Museum, Ottawa, ON, 2018
Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
Canal Saint-Martin, Paris, 2017
Canal Saint-Martin, Paris, 2017
The Glebe, Ottawa, ON, 2018
The Glebe, Ottawa, ON, 2018
Paris, 2017
Paris, 2017
The Brixton, Chicago, 2016
The Brixton, Chicago, 2016
The Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL 2016
The Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL 2016
Dayton Art Institute, 2015
Dayton Art Institute, 2015
Chicago Antiques
Chicago Antiques
Pilsen, Chicago, IL 2017
Pilsen, Chicago, IL 2017
The DEN Theatre, Chicago, IL 2019
The DEN Theatre, Chicago, IL 2019
Chicago, IL, 2020
Chicago, IL, 2020
Faux Record Album
Faux Record Album

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