Tag Archives: Mermaids

“Space:Queens” – Damali “The Glitter Priestess” Abrams


 

Hello! Welcome back to my Astro-Caribbean series with a double dose of Space:Queens for you! Last week, I had artist Shervone Neckles and now I present to you Damali Abrams! Damali is a talented visual artist, writer and herbalist, who is using her talents to help to heal the world. Enjoy my interview with her below:

damalitreefairygovsisland-e14745923992491) Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.

I am Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess. I make art and herbal remedies.

My work is about healing and transcendence, as well as creating a space of liberation for the Black imagination.

2) As a visual artist, tell us about the transformative power of image.

I’m a visual thinker as well as a writer. There are certain ideas that I can only express as images, others only as words.

Our culture does not value visual art as much as it does writing but the things that we see affect us so deeply on a subconscious level, in ways we often don’t even realize. Images are very powerful and can be extremely transformative. The things we see most often profoundly affect who and what we become.

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Art of This World: Jill McIntyre


Hey everyone! I am still fundraising for Atlantic Impact’s Abroad for a Cause Challenge in which the organization is inviting two bloggers to travel with them to Barbados this summer. Atlantic Impact is an organization that helps at risk youth by giving them opportunities to travel abroad. Please donate and/or share; I have until June 9th to raise all the money.

Today’s artist that I am featuring is self-taught Barbadian artist Jill McIntyre. Her joyfully colorful and vibrant artwork is filled with fantastical sea and nature-related imagery, combining this imagery “with mythology – mermaids (la sirene), dragons, sea monsters, a phoenix or two – and she is intrigued by the use of symbolism in art.” She says, “I never paint to record life exactly as it is, I paint snapshots of my imagination. I like being able to rearrange reality and create my own little alternative world.” As for why the sea inspires her, McIntyre expresses, “for me the sea has always been associated with beauty, romance, mystery, fantasy, fun and adventure.  In my mind, water has always symbolised life… an element with cleansing, renewing, refreshing, and healing power.   I’m an optimist.  I choose to imagine the depths of the ocean as filled with mythical creatures of beauty rather than mythical monsters of destruction.”

McIntyre purpose of her painting style is to remind viewers that “we should appreciate this gift of life; that we should dream and imagine, and believe anything is possible; that we should magnify what is good and positive.  My paintings are windows to my soul; I paint to celebrate life.  I want my work to express my joy in being alive, and to share my love of the Caribbean mystique. Essentially, I want my art to inspire viewers, my message is simple: ‘Smile, laugh, dream, live!'”

“Red Sky at Night”

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The My-Stery: Mermaids (or Aquatic Apes?)…


Mami Wata Source: Maggie

If you know me, you know I like to watch channels like National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. And you know what’s interesting — when a channel that has shows that tend to stick to facts, does speculative specials, like what I saw on Sunday, Mermaids: The Body Found.

The docufiction was similar to many of the alien coverup conspiracies, which are that mermaid bodies were found and the government and the navy were seizing them and any evidence of them (sidenote: I didn’t know it was a docufiction until later — it doesn’t make it explicit that it is except with a small disclaimer — yet I kinda guessed it was because the filming was too stylized for a documentary, specifically in the amateur video portions).

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Magical Creatures


For my first December post, here are some drawings of black mystical and magical creatures:

Pixel Randomness by Little Merokochan

The Nameless Lady by Zardra

Pulled Back by Kira the Artist

In Her Eyes There Is Beauty by Ebony-Chan

Black Panther by Kira the Artist

Unknown

Mermaids

From No Good Habits

Jennifer the Little Mermaid by Hop2pop

Black Mermaids: The Faces of Yemaya

Via African Mythology Tumblr:

Art by Jasing Dreams

Jengu (Meingu is the plural)

Mermaid/Water spirit/Deity

Rivers, Seas, Ocean, Lakes

Origins – Sawa, Duala, Bakeweri (Cameroon)

Very similar to Mami Wata figure although the belief of meingu may predate Mami Wata traditions.

They are often depicted as very beautiful people with large eyes, wooly/kinky hair and gap toothed smiles. Although appearances of meingu can often differ from person to person. A jengu can often look more human or more fish-like.

The meingu live in rivers and seas and are said to bring good fortune to those who worship the,. They can cure diseases and act as medium between the the worshipers and the spirit world.

Aqua Incognita


“Could it be possible for humans to breath underwater? A fetus in its mother’s womb is certainly alive in an aquatic environment…

During the greatest holocaust the world has ever known, pregnant America-bound African slaves were thrown overboard by the thousands during labour for being sick and disruptive cargo. Is it possible that they could have given birth at sea to babies that never needed air?
Recent experiments have shown mice able to breathe liquid oxygen. Even more shocking and conclusive was a recent instance of a premature infant saved from certain death by breathing liquid oxygen through its undeveloped lungs. These facts combined with reported sightings of Gillmen and swamp monsters in the coastal swamps of the South-Eastern United States make the slave trade theory startlingly feasible.
Are Drexciyans water breathing, aquatically mutated descendants of those unfortunate victims of human greed? have they been spared by God to teach us or terrorise us? Did they migrate from the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi river basin and on to the great lakes of Michigan?
Do they walk among us? Are they more advanced than us and why do they make their strange music?
What is their Quest?
These are many of the questions that you don’t know and never will.
The end of one thing…and the beginning of another.
Out – The Unknown Writer”

from Drexciya’s “The Unknown Aquazone” album

From Lololi The Gap