Much ado about… well, everything really…

Planned (kinda) Written, Edited and (definitely) Perpetrated by

Tim

PARENTAL ADVISORY: SOME MATERIAL MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR UNDER AGED VIEWERS… Police up those l’ill eyes and ears y’all 

HOLA…!!! ( Good job I ain’t in Montana right?) BOO…!!! Betcha thought I was gone didncha???
No such luck babies…

Where I’ve been is working my little booty off… kid you not, for all of you who thought I did nothing but hang around the office and Facebook… well, I’ve just finished day 9 straight and still a couple to go – reminds me of minesite work in Australia, two (weeks) on, one (week) off…

Soooooooo what have we got today then, last weekend, last week???

Oooooh, yeah, first up…

Photo of Chicago at night (2012) by velgos.com

Well, we knew it wouldn’t take long didn’t we?

“He who shall not be named” (sorry Harry) The star of the piece ‘Persona non grata in effect‘ and the ‘VVC Global Statement of Warning‘ strikes again…

Firstly with this post in a local online group…
Yeah, that’s the way he operates… especially targeting the ladies…!!!

Then, this individual ignored the fact that he was NOT invited to a group meeting and ignored the fact that he has been declared Persona non Grata, thus flipping the bird at ALL of the signatories on that document, he gate-crashed, and so upset the meeting that the group in question is on the verge of dissolving because they feel unsafe with this person in proximity.

On behalf of the Greater Chicagoland Vampire Coalition we would like to make a strong, and urgent, appeal for anyone that can provide pertinent and verifiable information that can be used to curtail this individual’s activities here in Chicago.

Just a little help here folks, please…

Right yeah, moving right along… what can we drive you crazy with today…. hmmm… AH HAH… I know…

LMAO… remember that? Yeah?

Alrighty… c’mon DEEE-TROIT, yeah, “The Motor City” firing up on saturday June 9th when Lady Amari Noapte hosts 

A Detroit Vampire Community Gathering

…and how can we possibly pass up the chance at…

 

Isn’t it funny, if you sit and think about it for a minute… how so many songs fit situations that you find yourself in as you go along, what is it? are songwriters all, like, psychic? Is that a pre-requisite for being a songwriter? Do ya gotta go to “Music Psychic School” or something???

img. source: domica.info

Okey doke kids, let’s see what else my beautiful assistant found over the last week or so…

Bazza (that’s Australian for Barry) wants to know if you’ve seen any Vampires…! No, really, really really… I shit you not… check this tidbit out…

https://www.facebook.com/Seen-Any-Vampires-571066166611474/

Don’t really know what “Barry” is gonna do if you have but he’s sportin’ one hell of a mo…!!! Yoo go Bazza…!!! Oi, Oi, Oi…

img. source: stuyalumni.org

 

…aaaand, from across the pond… no, not the royal wedding, we discover that none other than that ubiquitous dastardly dandy Darren Demondaz has been swanning around on set of the upcoming feature, “Vampires of Soho”

And YES, our friend Mr. Demondaz is in the movie…!!!

img. source: Paranoid Android Films

While we’re on the “Events” beat, here’s another worthy of a mention…

img. source: Dark Side of the Con Convention (Vampirefreaks)

Time to get down and dark? You can find out more at http://darksideofthecon.com

 

Soooo much going on, if you have events coming along that you would a little more push with let us know via our Facebook Portal

J. Reason’s Real Vampire Life

What next, ummmm… wellll…. shuffle shuffle shuff…

Oooops, clicking finger slipped…

Jimmy says it’s better than air… my question is, how does Jimmy know???

And while we’re tripping the light fantastic… here’s one for ya… oh so sublime…

Okayyyyyyyyyy day-trippers… with that, and a reminder to check out the May writing assignments at Lady Sylvere’s,

 
Grumpy Vamp’s Guide to the GVC

“Welcome to Bite Club”

Get involved, it’s the one place where it’s cool to be grumpy…!!!

But don’t let your Mom find out…

 

Toodle Ooh for now…

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‘art attack: A Ronin in NYC

“Heart”
painting by Janos Kerekes

Presented by

Tim

Good evening,
It’s always a pleasure to get to talk to different, fascinating and friendly people in doing our “One-on-One” interview series. It becomes so much more special when you come into contact with someone, by chance, that you find out has a rich history both in life and in the modern Vampire culture.

I was fortunate enough to come into contact with just such a person. A member of our culture for 18 years now, a creative and artistic spirit who displays wit, warmth and a bubbly personality that comes across just in the words that appear on your monitor.

She is an artist, a musician, an author and she is a “Ronin”, among other things. It is with great pleasure, and gratitude for her time, that we present an interview with the extraordinary Soror Dark Vixen.


RVL: Good evening to you and thank you very much for agreeing to spend some time with us. I suppose that the first, and perhaps most common, question that artists would get is when and where did you first become interested, and involved in, artistic pursuits?

SDV: Good evening to you as well and thank you for having me. When it comes to my music, I have always seemed to have an ear for piano and strings. My neighbours all played piano, and one of my old childhood friends had a piano. One day my mother came to pick me up and I didn’t want to leave because my friend was trying to teach me heart and soul. They asked if I wanted to learn and of course I said YES. At the age of 8 they bought me my upright piano and I started lessons.

When it comes to my art work, naturally I grew up loving Disney princess and always drew, and never really did the stick figure thing. Art is more of a past time for me, but it was always my past time.

 

RVL: It is well known that you are among a large number of artistic people in the modern Vampire culture, in many diverse fields from literature, to hand arts, to music and to film making – what’s your favourite art form to work in?

Art by Soror Dark Vixen

SDV: I find my piano music the best form to release my emotions of which I can’t seem to put into words. When upset, or sad, or lonely my piano seems to give me most comfort. My drawings tend to adhere more to my fantasy side. Drawing what I can not be or wish would exist. Fantasy art if you will.

RVL: …and, for those who may not have chanced upon any of your work, how long have you been involved in art culture and its comings and goings?

SDV: I have been playing piano since I was 8. I went to lessons once a week until I was 16, and attended LaGuardia High School where I continued to study the written aspects of music, as well as attempted to learn the violin.When it comes to drawing, I attended a few childhood art classes where sadly to say I didn’t learn too much, just broadened my ideas for drawing. Drawing was more a hands on learning, which I started from the moment I could pick up a crayon.

 

RVL: …and how do you define, personally, your own art styles today?

“…at the piano” copyright Soror Dark Vixen

SDV: Again for my artwork it is mostly fantasy. Such as people with super powers, catwomen. I experimented with painting and looked up to Bob Ross, but I always went back to my fantasy art.

I listen to all types of music from rap to classical, and even a few country songs. My inspirations however would be Philip Glass (the score for the Truman Show) and Enya. Anything that had a good melody to it would speak to me. It’s hard to say what my style is truthfully as I have studied all ranges of music, but if I had to choose one I would have to say New Age., and covers.

 

RVL: Without revealing any trade secrets, can you give us a little insight into what you are up to these days?

SDV:  Unfortunately, when it comes to regular work I do nothing that pertains to my art side, however since buying my keyboard again I have gotten more into my piano playing again and have been composing more pieces which are slowly being added to Spotify and other music apps. My drawing is more so fallen back, however every now and then I randomly pick up a pen and just doodle.

 

 

RVL: …and, quite apart from any sort of ‘nightside’ influence, where else do you draw your inspirations from?

SDV: For music I tend to listen to songs and recreate them. My piano allows me to make tracks, where I can over lay voices, such as strings over piano, add drums, etc. Learning a basic song and adding to it to make it sound like an array of musicians playing is pleasurable to me. Some songs speak to me as far as the base goes, and that gives me the inspiration for some of my original composed pieces.

The first piece I ever published was called “Rise of the Phoenix”. It was a piece I started at the age of 15 or 16, right before I left home. It’s what I call my ‘GO TO’ piece. I later added to it and finalized it just in 2015. I wrote it when I was going through a lot of personal issues at home feeling separated from my family, and when I felt most vulnerable. It later became a song of my strength and who I became now, despite all my trials and errors in life. Rise from the ashes and become anew.

 

RVL: Where can our readers view your work and do you have an outlet for retail?

SDV: I do have a YOUTUBE channel at Darvixen P Asura 

As well as a channel/ account with Spotify for those who have a Spotify account.at

I am found on amazon music and other apps, however these two are my more commonly found for free.

RVL: Do you have a favourite piece, or pieces of work amongst what you have done so far?

SDV: Dawn” is my favourite so far. I was in a zone, and honestly do not remember playing it or even recording it for that matter. I was going through a lot when I wrote this piece as well.

RVL: What advice would you give to any budding artists looking to get their own work ‘out there’?

SDV: You are your own worst critic. What ever you are writing, drawing, or playing, do it from your heart. Always let it come from your own emotions and never let anyone tell you “you aren’t enough.” The world is large and if you find the right means, you can get your work put out there world-wide. Someone will appreciate the work that you do.

RVL: Do you consciously confine yourself to one or two art forms at a time or do you like to explore and create as the whim takes you?

SDV: I go where the wind takes me. From drawing, to music, to candle making, to cooking. To tattooing to origami. Art and music is the universal language. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, and I never understood it until I composed my first piece.

 

RVL: Do you find, or think, there is a large niche within the modern nightside culture for the expression and appreciation of art such as you produce or, do you think too much has gone the way of “instant gratification” to the point where many are losing the ability or desire to really appreciate physical art pieces?

SDV: Surprisingly although the nightside in some cases have lost the original meaning of whom we are, I think our individual “art” side comes out most. For those who dress to the extreme their personality comes out through their clothes, their hair, their choice of fangs, their makeup. We portray our inner self through how we choose to dress. For those in houses and have ankhs that they wear around their necks, each ankh represents their house and what that individual house wants to represent. For example, House Noctem Aeternus associates themselves with the gargoyle. They watch over the scene/community; hence the gargoyle is incorporated in their ankhs.

Pride of Asura are the descendants of Macphee and Sabretooth and incorporate the lions and Sabertooth blade in their ankhs. Art is all around us, as it should be. Art is self-gratification as it is a means for us to let out a side of us, yet it is more a gift then most realize because so many share the same thoughts and do not realize it either.

This is a copy of a poetry piece which Lord-Prince Shaolin has added to the Gotham Archives.
“He creeps thru the forest, approaching his prey. He feeds by night, and hunts by the day.

His eyes are always watching and listening with ears. His movements so cautious, in all he sees and hears

She soars through the air, leaving her trail of fire and flames. To catch her attention would mean to catch and to tame.

She stays high above looking down at all her prey And knows no matter what she will rise another day.

The two worlds almost never meet, especially amongst these two. However, somehow crossing paths, and having a new life to view.

For he is the protector and strength, the side of her she desperately seeks. And she is the fire and the light in his life.

Only in his eyes to see.

For her fiery heart, his ice cold wall melts.

But to be seen together, not a soul would comprehend. So to ignore their new alliance, their minds must pretend. Pretend they didn’t meet.

Pretend they don’t care and shield their immortal bond…

A deed they don’t dare but between the two souls their worlds have now mixed forevermore

For he is her Lion and she his Phoenix…”

 

RVL: When you aren’t creating the art yourself what forms of art do you like to kick back and enjoy?

SDV: My music is my release. I go nowhere without my music. Music speaks to me and sometimes you can truly relate to a specific song or artist.

RVL: What would you say is the most “extreme” art form you have ever embraced, or moved in the circles of?

SDV: I can’t say my artwork is extreme per se. My music I have finally learned to embrace and become more confident to share. I have always moved in a circle of musicians. From school, to free stylers, to randomly finding common desires with peers and family. To some, my tatting you could say is an extreme, but I am still learning that skill to say the least.

The only thing I can say is extreme was aiding in the design of the Asura ankh and lion logo they use. Which to me is not so much extreme but an honour and accomplishment.

 

RVL: Naturally, we would like to touch, at least once or twice, upon your knowledge and history within the nightside culture; do you identify as a modern living Vampire?

SDV: Absolutely, maybe a little old school, so dare I say I am a living vampire solely, or as I prefer to say I am Vampyre.

 

RVL: …and when did you become aware of your own “true nature”?

SDV: From the first moment I can remember I knew I was different. I envied the life of a mystical vampire. I loved the dark and loved the mystery.

img. source: Fine Art America.com

RVL: Where did you first learn of the modern living Vampire culture?

SDV: It wasn’t until 1999 where I met Crow of House of Three Skulls that I learned there was such a lifestyle and community. I ended up meeting a friend who owned Father Sebastiaan’s book “V” where I was fascinated by the writing and the concepts of the lifestyle. From there I later met other community members and instantly felt I was home.

 

RVL: May we ask, do you consider your introduction to the ‘nightside’ to have been relatively easy and naturally smooth or did you have difficulty adjusting to the new you?

SDV: The first time I saw someone with fangs and the ‘looks’ I was in awe. I didn’t fear them, I didn’t find it strange… I admired them for two reasons. They had the courage to stand out and be who they were, and they found a way to show who they were. Again, I felt home. I felt I finally found where I was meant to me. So in regards to officially answering your question, I found it naturally smooth. Almost drawn to it. As if everything I went through in life was meant to bring me “here”.

RVL: What are some of your earliest, fond memories of the culture and your passage into it?

SDV: When I first walked into the community I saw closeness. I made a lot of long lasting friendships. There were a lot who struggled in life, or in Gotham, and everyone looked out for each other. One ate, we all ate. There seemed to be an instant bond to those you met. Hidden Shadow parties, flesh theatres, a place where I never felt awkward and was around my kind. Those were the some of the best moments I’ve had.

 

 

RVL: You would undoubtedly have come into contact with some prominent people in those days, are there any who stand out in your memory as being among your biggest influence then, and perhaps even now?

SDV: There are many others I have met along the way, and unfortunately although I may not communicate with them anymore, I value anyone I met. I was Ronin for the first 15 years of my vampiric life and I was mentored along the way by so many. Ali is one I have to say I cherish the most. He has been making my fangs for the past 16 years and the day I met him I was in a horrible jam. He saved my life and to this day, even if I only get to see him when a set needs to be made, he mentors me as well and I can tell him anything and everything.

Father Sebastiaan made my first set of fangs in the little cubicle of Halloween Adventures in 2000. Although I cannot agree with the celebrity lifestyle he chose for himself, I cannot deny the heritage and who he is… or was. However, one prefers to refer it to him.

My sire, Lord Shaolin, I met many years later, and although we have our moments, he is one I always turn to when I need…even if we argue because I don’t like his answers. We share a bond that can never be understood or broken.

Lord Traveler is my brother and best friend. He is my mentor at best and I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

My uncle, Lord Ryu, has been there for me without ever meeting me in person, yet I value the bond we share and the advice he gives.

 

RVL: When you look around you, in the modern Vampire culture, what advice would be tempted to offer?

SDV: Learn your history. Remember why we first began and what we were meant to represent. If you choose to be a member of a house look around first and never be too quick to join until you know that house is truly meant for you. What can they offer you, as well as what can you offer them.

Choose your sire wisely. It is not the person who introduced you to the community. Your sire has to WANT you as much as you want them. It is a two-way street. Make sure your sire is someone you can bond with. They are with you for life. You must be able to submit to them as well as stand up to them for your own beliefs. If you are truly a Vampyre then you have your whole life ahead of you to find where you belong. Don’t be too quick to fight for a spot in a house, or a sire’s life, or a title. YOU ARE A VAMPYRE NO MATTER WHAT.

img. source: Freepik.com

RVL: If we turn to your own case now, you are a “Ronin”, that is generally understood as meaning you have no allegiance to any particular House, Haven or other Organisation, may we ask, when did you decide that “Ronin” was the right path for you?

SDV: Part of me being Ronin for the first 15 years was not necessarily by choice. I was very weary on what was wanted of me to join and wanted to make sure that I completely got along with the family as well as vice versa.

Now, I realized that there are a lot of hidden politics that I just don’t want to deal with. Titles and what not. Being part of a house if not for everyone and that ok. You still make family, you still have houses you bond with most but you are not committed to that house and their rules.

 

RVL: What is your personal philosophy of Modern Vampirism? How do you define modern Vampirism?

SDV: Living vampyres are not the undead. We do not need blood to survive (as our only means). We are not immortal, stab anyone through a heart with a wooden stake we are all going to die. To me it is a lifestyle. We still need other means to feed and energize ourselves, whether it is sex, psychological, blood, etc. From my experience we tend to be able to see far past what is just laid in front of us and can see deeper on a spiritual level.

 

RVL: What is that is the most important aspect of being a “Ronin” to you?

SDV: Truthfully to me it’s not about whether or not it is important to be a ronin or not. There are many ups and downs to being a ronin as well as being part of a house. It is however, important to be a ronin before you consider doing anything else. I personally suggest you spend at least a year being a ronin before even considering being part of anything else. You MUST learn who your friends are and who your enemies are. You must learn what you are capable of doing for your community as yourself before bringing others into your life. What can you possibly bring a house if you have no understanding of what it’s like to be on your own? Have your mentors. Learn what the community is about and who you are as a vampyre vs a person. Understand what makes you a vampyre, or other kin. How can you honestly bring anything to the table if you do not know yourself?

Soror Dark Vixen

RVL: What one piece of information would you give, personally, to any youngster newly entering the modern Vampire culture?

SDV: Take your time and make sure the culture is truly what you are ready for. No matter if you decide to be ronin, or member of a house there are always rules and regulations. There are always certain laws that one must abide… and if you are not ready for that then don’t commit to the community as either. Ronin’s play a huge part of the community as well as house members, elders, etc. They are the community. You can not run a kingdom without people to live in it. You can not be a boss without anyone willing to work for you. TO lead you must learn how to follow as well.

 

RVL: Thank you very much indeed for sharing your art, thoughts, advice and insights with us today Soror Dark Vixen you are truly a credit to your Sire and to your mentors and a wonderfully easy person to talk to, and with. We greatly appreciate your time indeed, it has been an absolute delight speaking with you.

SDV: Likewise, it’s an honour to be considered for such an interview and I hope that all Ronin’s and new comers have a better idea of what it’s about.


Preparing this presentation was a wonderful experience, for two main reasons, I got to chat with… a number of times now, Dark Vixen, and I got to chat with another person from the Gotham Halo, literally the place that the modern Vampire culture in the United States was born. Believe me when I say, this interview could have gone on much, much longer.

As I said in the introduction, when you are in touch with this lady in such a manner you actually get to feel the passion, energy and “vibe” coming at you in waves. Her accomplishments speak volumes, her artistic expression is first rate and in this, as well as in her general locale, she provides us a splendid example of the majority of the good folks in the modern culture. Personally, I hope that Lady M and I can get to the “Big Apple” one day and hang out with the amazing Soror Dark Vixen.

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Copyright RVL and Dark Vixen, 2018 (all images, poetry, music and artwork copyright of Soror Dark Vixen unless otherwise noted)

With gratitude and deepest respects to Lord Prince Shaolin Asura-MacPhee and Lord- Traveler Asura-Macphee for their good offices and valuable cooperation in the preparation of this interview.

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‘art attack with Goddess Rosemary

Img. Source. – ‘Heart Painting’ by Janos Kerekes

Presented by

Tim

Good evening,
Tonight we’re not going to talk about modern Vampires… well maybe just a smidgin, later on. No, tonight we are going to talk about the arts and, in particular, one artist, Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza. A prolific artist, a creator, a visionary and an explorer.

In speaking of Temple-House Sahjaza she notes, proudly,
We are big supporters of underground theatre and theatrical companies, such as, La Commedia del Sangue: Vampyr Theatre”, she goes on to say, “The Sahjaza have been putting on events since the 70’s such as Cirque de Erotique and the most recently the Undead-A-Go-Go. Over the years Temple-House Sahjaza has done everything from Ghost Tours to Whale Watching.

As a businesswoman Goddess Rosemary “owned one of NYC’s first notable Computer Graphic Corporations in 1985 and paved the way for groups to follow such, as Kinko’s.

The Sahjaza Matriarch is also an actress, filmmaker and “champion of women’s freedom of expression, personal growth and rights.” As an artist, Goddess Rosemary has exhibited art in shows in NYC from the Andrus Gallery at Carnegie Hall, to the Salmagundi Club and other notable galleries and venues.

She has directed award winning films that she calls “in-depth and psychological works like Fritz Lang or perhaps even David Lynch” and her most noted work, “The Elegant Spanking”, explores fetish themes and celebrates the female form. She is a fan of “cult classics, film noir and dark movie format” and often works in black and white. She also designs her own sets, having studied art direction for film at the New School as well as acting at HB Studio in NYC, and dance at the Leslie Dance School, also in NYC.

Goddess Rosemary, apart from all this, is also an “advocate for lost and homeless shelter pets, spay and neuter programs and education.”

Coinciding with the release of the “Goddess Rosemary Ankh” today RVL is greatly honoured to be granted her first in-depth interview in almost a decade and we are very proud to welcome Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza.

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RVL: Good evening Goddess Rosemary, thank you very much for agreeing to spend some time with us. I suppose that the first, and perhaps most common, question that artists would get is when and where did you first become interested, and involved in, artistic pursuits?

GR: I first started drawing horses and made a book for my mother out of some yellow paper tied with bread ties, later I took to drawing and writing on old computer paper my Dad brought home they had a hard time in those days keeping me in paper, I always find the paper is just not big enough for the “movies” that play in my head thus my becoming a film maker, and studying art direction for film at the New School in NYC. Nothing is big enough not paper, neither is the canvas, I love doing huge wall murals the largest became 60 foot long and 8 foot wide in a tavern.

RVL: It is well known that you are among a large number of artistic people in the modern Vampire culture, in many diverse fields from literature, to hand arts, to music and to film making – what’s your favourite art form to work in?

GR: I touched on that a bit in the first question but I will give more detail now, I love computer graphics also photography, being a living art form in figure study modelling that I have done with a variety of wonderful photographers.

I love colored pens, pencils, charcoal, and acrylic, I do not use oil anymore due to the toxicity of the oils and the mediums used with oils but at one time I loved to use them, I like cutting out paper with sharp scissors and making things 3D and using a variety of mediums to create illusions of depth and texture. I have some brushes that I have had for over 30 years they are tools that I know exactly what they do and what particular act of painting they will perform, painting is like dancing it’s an art that is music to the canvas and the paint is the song, it’s creating a world that draws people in and makes them respond. It’s energy transferred to canvas and when I paint I paint very, very fast it’s an energy and almost like feeding, or a form of energy charging. As I do this it’s somewhat akin to the same idea of some fast type of automatic writing, it’s a bit hypnotic and I do not like to stop in the middle as it’s sort of hard to regain the same pace if you stop.

I enjoy doing erotic studies of women, not always because they are perfect, or perfection but in their own beauty, and I enjoy landscapes and creating a story on canvas.

My film “The Elegant Spanking”, a 16 mm black and white, 30 min duration fetish film, played all around the world in film fests in the early 90’s, it is still a hot topic in the debate forum at the University of MD where it’s in the library and they discuss yearly, Is it pornography or art? I believe its art as to me it was all artistically channeled, inspired by art and life, and it’s the story of a woman vampyre and her female companion, or serving girl. It reflects my life and the life of every mistress and maid, the wheel in the wheel, one made for the other, for without the serving girl how can you have the mistress of the house? Without the mistress of the house how do you have the serving girl? Each knows their role and without each other neither role works, it’s my version of Metropolis perhaps, or Fellini.

In 1995 “The Elegant Spanking”, won awards world-wide, at a future date I may offer the director’s cut of the film if there is enough interest…

It was featured for a time in Playboy Catalogue with the caption, “Not for the faint hearted”.

I also adore Kubrik and Lynch, film and art run together for me and I loved Walt Disney, wanted to be an illustrator and animator, my film desire to animate comes directly from his old cell by cell methods.

Salvador Dali
img. source: The Art Story

RVL: …and, for those who may not have chanced upon our June articles, how long have you been involved in art culture and its comings and goings?

GR: I have been involved in art all my life and won my first art award at age 12, I won a Waterford crystal bowl and I sold my first work of art sale to Godfrey Anderson Rockefeller at about the same age. I was also influenced by Leonardo DaVinci’s works, by my friend Salvador Dali and my dear friend Andy Warhol, I actually met Andy by accident we both went to the same Dr and met in the Dr’s office …

Andy Warhol
img. source: biography.com

 

Other of my art favorites are, but are not limited to, John Singer Sargent, Goya, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, Andrew Edward Hopper, Newell Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, adored, then gone too soon, Patrick Nagel.

My friends Keith Haring and Andy Warhol influenced me greatly on so many levels including giving me the freedom to be me along with my friend, singer and song writer, Jim Cowan and Reb Stout who showed me that I could express myself with the freedom and abandonment of a strong and passionate spirit and to let myself be me in all ways, breaking out of society and social norms, in my art and my artwork and I thank them greatly.

I love collaborating with other artists, writers, and musicians, electrical energy generating and creative types. Thus the vampyre archetype, and lifestyle, is a more than perfect place for a living art form life-form being to be.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, Albi 1864–1901 Saint-André-du-Bois) img. source: larousse.fr

Toulouse-Lautrec was a huge influence on me, my grandmother had four pieces by him and they are mine now but they both terrified and attracted me. Some of the figures were silhouetted and scary but others, bawdy female figures, in acts of a bit of naughty play I adore them and had them re-framed in black frames, they are beautiful and among my most personal treasures. These are the actual ones i have lithographs of –

RVL: …and how do you define, personally, your own art styles today?

GR: My own personal style today is, I would say, “evolving”, as I am and seem to be ever evolving, are we not always evolving and changing, blending and becoming more? Well, hopefully more…

There is one artist who deeply influenced me I can’t recall his name, I will fill it in later… a British painter, he painted scenes of romantic women lounging around pools with leopards and such ritualistic baths and other attire romantic columns and the grandiose rooms or outdoor courtyards like the later Hollywood films took to heart as much as I did I’m sure. His work influenced my set design within my own rituals and within the work I did in set design for film, videos and photo shoots in NYC.

RVL: Without revealing any trade secrets, can you give us a little insight into what you are up to these days?

GR: I am currently working on two charity pieces one for the local animal shelter and the other for another charity for the preservation of wetlands.

I am also going to release some of my drawings in poster format and I am working on a compilation photo book of me by a variety of photographers which will also contain assorted writings by myself and others.

As well as these, we have released, this morning, the long anticipated “Goddess Rosemary Ankh” it will be available on TempleHouseSahjaza.com in a Rhodium plate and in Stainless Steel.

The Goddess Rosemary Ankh

RVL: …and, quite apart from any sort of ‘nightkind’ influence, where else do you draw your inspirations from?

GR: Everything I see is art, a portent of, for or to create art. I feel that we are all living art as we are all the living Sahjaza, it’s the same principal.

Nature, people, animals, birds, the sky, the earth, everything, buildings and I particularly love old ghost towns and decayed buildings that were once a glory just like I love old houses, they were a work of art not “cookie cutter” buildings like modern houses; give me my 100 year old fall-down house with her plank wood floors and crooked walls any day. To me ‘Sanctuary’, where I live, is a canvas in renovating a 100 year old house as well as the grounds one tree at a time.

RVL: Where can our readers view your work and do you have an outlet for retail?

GR: My art display at Temple-House Sahjaza is a work in progress, that’s not on line yet though posters of the “Woman with a veil” can be obtained from me at Temple-House Sahjaza and there’s some artwork on my YouTube channel, YouTube/ShannonAvalon that I have created, and play with. I collaborate with many friends, musician, author, playwright and ritual conspirator Tony Sokol , journalist, musician, composer, and song writer Creek, Joe Cerna of Black Virgin fame, Dead Eddie, Carlos Vivanco, The Madame Webb in Digital Dream, and so many wonderful others whom allow me to use their original music for my creations; creations which are sometimes only limited by my own personal computer equipment. I hope to someday build a proper computer lab. Incidentally, I owned one of the first three computer graphics companies in NYC, I was actually somewhat a pioneer in the field of computer graphics.

‘Woman with a veil’

 

RVL: Do you have a favourite piece, or pieces of work amongst what you have done so far?

GR:Woman with a veil”, an artwork with pen and ink and the totem pole that was at my gallery show at Carnegie Hall, NYC called “Into my web” a multimedia show. My painting called “Mother Nature” is also a great favorite.

RVL: What advice would you give to any budding artists looking to get their own work ‘out there’?

GR: Just keep creating!! Dream big.

When we travel a creative path, and live creatively, feed on creativity, become the dark muse, the universe provides a wealth of food for creativity –  it’s self-perpetuating and will always push creative types to create, regardless what distractions are out there.

RVL: Do you consciously confine yourself to one or two art forms at a time or do you like to explore and create as the whim takes you?

GR: I am involved with as many as 15 to 20 art projects all the time it never stops, never sleeps, never enough time, or canvas, or paper everything is an inspiration, I drink it all and pour it out onto, and into, my work regardless of what medium I am working in.

The last thing I did was hand make the place setting cards for the Sahjaza Family Reunion Dinner. They were created them out of computer generated artwork printed on parchment paper put on heavy card stock with attached gems I acquired some 30 plus years ago from famed costume designer Edith Head, in L.A., at a venue once owned by famed fashion designer, fetish fan, and my lifelong friend and mentor (and member of the Black Rose) Reb Stout. I decided to glue some of them on for decoration to give them a NOLA flair they also have some authentic black photo brad attachment corner things that must be about 40 years old.

Mo-mo & Merlin

Reb, by the way, was the owner of my white dog Mo-Mo you may have seen with me in photos. I inherited him in November 2007 when Reb, a former Navy Seal, succumbed to lung cancer after fighting a great battle

He and I were dog people and I inherited his dog whom I love dearly and is best mates to my dog Merlin who is an Australian cattle dog and has rounded him up from day one.

My Consort assisted me in making the placement cards helping me with some of the more difficult measurement and cutting and gluing of the pieces I was pleased with them when we were done, and I had the last of the glitter on them – who said vampyres don’t like glitter!

RVL: Do you find, or think, there is a large niche within the modern nightkind culture for the expression and appreciation of art such as you produce or, do you think too much has gone the way of “instant gratification” to the point where many are losing the ability or desire to really appreciate physical art pieces?

GR: people are either inspired by them or they lose touch with “touch” and “feel” and “see”. There are those who are glued to the addiction of instant gratification of “likes” and “selfies” and do not even look up from the phone to see real life, or go to a wedding and see it via the lens of a camera, taking a film they most likely will never even watch again to record it for some time in the future when technology will no longer play that medium. I am more concerned with the loss of our culture when technology passes our mediums by and our recordings, photos and archives are no longer compatible.

I believe the Russians, I heard, had a 30 day “detox” and almost “AA style” place for people who were too addicted to “Second City” to do their day to day jobs, are we addicted to social media or are we using it to create how connected is too connected? When you read of someone who is out buying toilet paper, and they feel the need to post it, they could be doing something creative.

I am inspired by much I see to be, and become, creative and what others are creating, I view – on social media – there is never enough time of course to do what I want to do or create but, for example, the film directed by a woman, Wonder Woman, that I viewed on opening night at a theatre, was HUGELY inspiring to me and made me remember so many reasons I wanted to become and artist, I think DC comics is hugely inspiring to creative people.

One must get off the behind and do so to not let the massive amount of outside stimuli, and easy gratification, monopolize their creative time, rather use it as a time to connect, to bond, to use as a tool, to learn to read papers, articles, hear music and experience using the tools, don’t let them use you. One of the things that takes much time is the internet and the purposeful attempts of internet trolls to tie up and chaos your time thus taking you away from valuable real-life interaction.

7 Devil’s National Park – Ritual for Ninagal

RVL: When you aren’t creating the art yourself what forms of art do you like to kick back and enjoy?

GR: I don’t know that I am ever not creating, Dali said once to me, “You are art” however, for enjoyment, I am going to the Blood Lust Ball, in NOLA on October… what is it 29th   Sunday? This will be me appearing for the first time in a public venue ball since NYC in 2013!

RVL: What would you say is the most “extreme” art form you have ever embraced, or moved in the circles of?

GR: Performance art, live on stage art in NYC at the Hellfire, Paddles, the Vault and other clubs and venues, at my own events, and others. I love NYC because unlike most the USA with a few exceptions such as L.A., San Francisco or Las Vegas, you can be naughty as ya wanna be – and it’s still art!

‘Her Dragon’

RVL: Naturally, I would suppose, we would like to touch, at least once, upon your knowledge and history within the nightkind culture; have you any wise words for modern living Vampires dear lady?

GR: Be elegant, be compassionate and play hard. Never stop creating, inspire and be inspired.

RVL: Thank you very much indeed for sharing your thoughts, advice and insights with us today. We greatly appreciate your time indeed, it has been an absolute pleasure speaking with you.

GR: You’re so very welcome it was my pleasure and so fun to close my eyes re-live moments when we, as Z/n, used to gather and sit in big high back chairs by the fire and fondly remember days at the, Algonquin hotel in NYC, and a former Corporate Technology Chief of the NYSE, my friend and co-author of many projects, Chris Keith, who recently passed over the veil. I remember him telling me like it was yesterday,

When you’re old and full of sleep these will be the days you remember”, as we all sat there trying to capture some of the inspiration or channel some dreaming of the ghosts of past patrons Mary Shelley and her friends trying to catch the vibe of Dracula, Sherlock and Frankenstein.

If people wish to contact me they can do so on my FB page RosemarySahaza, or Temple-House Sahjaza on FB.

My personal twitter account is @goddessrosemary and @SahjazaZn

We also have @templeSahjaza on twitter and Sahjaza on Instagram.

People can order the Goddess Rosemary Ankh on TempleHouse Sahjaza.com or, if they want to catch up with me, come see me at the Blood Lust Ball in NOLA.

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Preparing this presentation was an exhilarating experience because it was the first time that I have done a “live”, of sorts, interview… Goddess Rosemary and I sat down before our monitors on Sunday evening and we let this roll its own way, it could have gone on much, much longer.

It was also exhilarating because when you are in touch with this lady in such a manner you actually get to feel the energy, the vibe, the passion of the artist coming right at you, grabbing you by the shoulders and shaking you ‘til your teeth rattle…

Of her accomplishments there can be no doubt, her awards speak for themselves. Of her in person, one can only sit and marvel at the friends that have graced her artistic circle through her life thus far and wonder what more is to come from such an amazing lady but despite the glamour of the situation one can instantly recognise the true soul-passion for her arts, the adventurous spirit of her creation and the fearlessness of her approach.

I don’t know but honestly I’d rather try jumping in front of a speeding train than try and stop Goddess Rosemary from doing, and achieving, whatever the hell she wants.

 

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