September 2018 Newsletter: Body Electric
“I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.”Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Welcome to SEPTEMBER! It is my pleasure to share with you some exciting news from the studio!
I’m thrilled that DC Modern Luxury Magazine chose Body Electric as the title for an article in their drop dead gorgeous September issue featuring my work.
You can read the full article here: https://www.melissaichiuji.com/news/body-electric/
I Sing the Body Electric, is a famous poem by Walt Whitman, one of the twelve poems which comprised the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855). In it, he celebrates the glories of existence, explores themes of the body, soul, sensuality, and interconnectedness of us all.
Whitman was one of Americas most influential poets. His work was extremely controversial in his time and Leaves of Grass was criticized for being trashy and obscene.
By todays standards, Whitmans poetry is sensitive and romantic.
I wonder what tips a work of art from sensual to obscene?
What do you think?
Speaking of sensuality… Dance is one of the most direct ways to access intuition. It’s pretty hard to dance and not feel connected… to spirit, to something primal… to god…?
I often use movement as a starting point for a new work of art. I begin with a feeling in the spine and the gut. Every gesture, stroke, and stitch, radiates from that warm place.
Watch my process here:
My solo exhibition Pieces Uniques at Galerie Sophie Scheidecker in Paris is extended until September 24th!
If you are in Paris please stop by and say Bonjour!
I will be giving a Guise and Dolls figurative sculpture workshop at American University Museum at The Katzen Arts Center on October 13 and 14.
Please join me if you are in DC!
No prior experience necessary!
That’s all for now!
Have a wonderful Autumn!
With Kindest Regards,
September 8, 2018