[recently, aunia kahn wrote to me about possibly sharing her work on music is art. after spending time taking in her mixed media of personal photography and digital painting, it felt more than important to share her emotional message.
while living in illinois, aunia began her art career in 2005 after a friend persuaded her to submit work to an exhibit run by the st. louis artists’ guild called “voices within: surviving through the arts.” not only were the viewers and attendees affected by her beautiful work but it also became a true therapeutic movement of her own. for the next few years, aunia created art as a form of self therapy, working on her heart and mind, vulnerably giving everything of herself to be known. in 2007, she was apart of over 70 art shows nationwide, supporting special causes related to domestic violence and animal cruelty, openly projecting her inspiration live.]
I feel the need to listen to music almost all the time when I create. It helps me either with my mood or to promote a mood. It is like a friend to me through the creative process. I also have a high attachment to music, not only because I feel it, I am a creator of it as well.
Self taught in the arts, I have been engaging in some form of art/expression since I can remember. I claim my inspiration from pure emotions; powerful and oftentimes personal, ranging from love, anger, betrayal and the scores in-between. I feel honoring the human soul, spirit and determination wholeheartedly breathes life into my creations and my hope is that the images and expressions fuel the desire for life and walk a path of their own through each of my viewer’s interpretations.
Almost all of the work that I create depicts women and women’s issues; with that being said I use myself as a way to express my emotions which keeps me close to my soul as a creator. I feel that as I continue to evolve and explore the human spirit with flights and pursuits I gain new ground in my motivation to create my own world. I spend a majority of my time continuing my mostly self-taught artistic endeavors and maintaining and growing in skills, not only with my artist brush, but though my need to express my life and feelings though music, performance, design and writing.
Aunia’s Favorite Songs
Don’t Go – Wumpscut [evoke, 2005]
Assimilate – Skinny Puppy [this is electronic, 1988]
Death Bed – Combichrist [what the fuck, 2007]
Chain – Switchblade Symphony [scrapbook, 1997]
Nobody Knows Me – Madonna [american life, 2003]
We Stand Alone – Covenant [northern light, 2002]
Capital G – NIN [year zero, 2007]
Joy – VNV Nation [praise the fallen, 1999]
Tearjerker – Korn [see you on the other side, 2005]
Le Disko – Shiny Toy Guns [we are pilots, 2006]
Drawback – X Marks the Pedwalk [drawback, 1996]
15 Feet of Pure White Snow – Nick Cave [no more shall, 2001]
art, words & playlist by aunia kahn