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#WeCreate: SLIP Subway Dance

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I’ve told you all before that I have a real weakness for performance art. I have no talent at all for it, so it strikes me in emotional centers that are pretty well starved for beauty. So for this week, I just wanted to share this little gem. I was reminded of it recently and dug it back up to show a friend, and I was blown away all over again by just how gorgeous this is.

Enjoy!


S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in printand short fantasy A SHINY FOR TRICK (forever free for your entertainment!).

Check out the #WeCreate category on Saturdays for a little art appreciation from Frankie and Sam!

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#WeCreate: Hoop Girl Rachael Lust

When the Olympics come around, I don’t ever get excited. Honestly. I’m not sure why, exactly. Perhaps it’s simply that I’ve never loved watching sports on television. However, as long as I can remember the Olympics existing, I can remember how my brother is strangely entranced by the event called “Hoops and Balls.” He is singularly unimpressed by just about every event in the Olympics.

But Hoops and Balls?

At first, we all kind of mocked him. He’s your typical big brother–a little too aggressive, not into girly things, has to be ‘cool.’

Hoops and Balls was a little outside the realm of what we knew of him.

Until you watch it.

Because it was my big brother and because his mad respect for the ladies of Hoops and Balls, it changed the degree to which I paid attention to the performance arts. Dancers, gymnasts, marching bands, freestylers of any sort. The way people can move is so fluid and incredible and so beyond my range of skills that I can’t help but be impressed.

And then one day, this video of this girl started to circulate the Internet.

Her name is Rachael Lust.

What thrills me about her projects is just how carefree and relaxed she is when she dances. She’s just so natural and happy when she’s being the Master of the Hula Hoop. It makes me wonder how this hobby came to be an art form. How did that thought begin, and how did that thought progress?

It’s like,

“Hey…this hula hoop thing is pretty cool.”

*plays*

*gets really good at it*

“I wonder how good I can be…”

*masters every fathomable movement*

“Yep.”

I could watch these videos for days.


S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print).

Check out our #WeCreate category every Saturday for a little art appreciation from Frankie and Sam!

#WeCreate: Kseniya Simonova’s Sand Art

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I’m branching out on a different topic today. There is so much amazing art in the world, and it’s not solely limited to static, traditional media. I also appreciate music, filmography, and performance art, which I hope to showcase here when I can.

Today I want to spotlight Kseniya Simonova.

She is a sand animation artist, and was the 2009 winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent. Her performance art is done by scratching sand around on top of a light box ‘canvas.’ It’s a moving piece of work that morphs as she goes through her exhibition.

This is the first piece of hers I ever saw. It’s a piece about World War II. Hits you right in the emotions, so be ready for some heavy stuff.


S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print).