O R E N D A

A “self-portrait” challenge to generate an inside look at how various artists/creators see themselves

“Orenda” is a word derived from the Iroquois Native Americans and is given to a spiritual energy inherent in all people and their environment. Orenda is a supposed invisible power believed to prevade in varying degrees all animate and inanimate natural objects. It acts as a transmissible spiratual energy capable of being exerted according to the will of its pocessor.

Definition sourced from Merriam-webster.com

I have a strong interest in the origin of words and feel it is necessary when using one of such historical power, to pay homage to those who created it. To me, this word establishes that each individual has the power to affect change in the world, and in their own personal lives. In making this connection, I thought a lot about how I view myself being situated in a position where I am more than capable to affect change. Thus, how interesting to collaborate with other creators on a self-portrait style challenge where each individual creates a piece depicting how they see themselves, in their given medium.

Every other Friday a different artist will have a page dedicated to their work for this challenge (found beow) and have been given the freedom to express their take on a “self-portrait” in any way they choose. I will also include information on where you can find more of their work, and a little about their creative process for this challenge.

I started with myself, because I would never put out a challenge I could not do first. Below you can find what I am going to call the “pilot” page for this series. Then come back every two weeks to hear from a fresh face and a new take on this challenge!

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