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Hotel YLEM


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Hotel YLEM


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Waves Of Wonder

 

This artwork is inspired by three sources of life: ylem, water and mother.  The female figure and mother of pearl represent Mother who is the gift to our existence and the barnacles represent children (people) that converge together creating a sense of a universal gathering.  Although barnacles are not the primordial matter of the universe, it plays on the concept Ylem where tiny particles combine to create a larger whole entity. The female figure, mother of pearl and barnacles exist only through water, the true element and source of life.  

While women all over the world were out marching to represent our voices. I decided to take that voice to this work. Even though I am painting a mother, I felt I am painting a friend, most of the women in my life who are my age are young strong mothers, it is a wave in our lives where the youth and current generation have the power to stand up to be heard, to mold and create life.

The fact that I was stopped and asked by passersby that I am a woman painting this and not a male artist made it even more evident that one voice can make a difference. I was hugged by women and thanked for representing the female identity.  It truly has been a wave of wonder for me to make this work, hence the title. The voice I have is dedicated to the marine world and its ongoing struggles come through the interpretation of barnacles. I have chosen them, as they are strong organisms and travel all over the oceans symbolizing the fight and resilience that the ocean and women have in them.

The work that I do is to create awareness about our oceans and its beauty and how if we don’t take care of them, there wont be any beauty to look at. We are at a time of change ‘Waves of wonder’ is just one barnacle is a sea of many more to come. That is what this work encompasses a start to a new wave to bring about positive change. 

Waves of wonder is a 1600 sq ft mural that is the face of Hotel Ylem. It is located across NRG Stadium off Main St at 8080 Main St Houston Texas 77018. I invite you to go take a photograph with it. 

 

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RAIL TO THE SEA


On August 6th, 2016 this mural was dedicated to the city of Houston by Leadership Houston Class XXXIV.

A 5000square feet mural in the heart of the Washington Arts District on Sawyer St In the City Of Houston. 

RAIL TO THE SEA


On August 6th, 2016 this mural was dedicated to the city of Houston by Leadership Houston Class XXXIV.

A 5000square feet mural in the heart of the Washington Arts District on Sawyer St In the City Of Houston. 

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RAIL TO THE SEA

Local artist, Janavi M Folmsbee was selected by Leadership Houston Class XXXIV who engaged in a project called See Houston, Love Houston, Be Houston to create a mural in the First Ward representing its diverse and dynamic arts community. Leadership Houston was formed in 1982 with the goal of bringing together leaders from different communities to increase dialogue, and foster collaboration on projects that would improve the quality of life for all Houstonians.

Beautifully diverse and global, Houston is where Janavi M. Folmsbee settled her international roots and is proud to call home. She has moved between countries and cities to find her own space in this world and to hunt for the universal global connection amongst us. After crossing continents, this hunt has propelled her to search in an element that physically connects us all water. She draws inspiration from experiences through her scuba diving expeditions and is strongly influenced by marine life. She creates ethereal, intricate shapes she calls characters that are meant to invite the public into something very private. These characters she conceptually conceives live in their own world and space,but are somehow in ours. The spatial relationship between the work and the viewer creates a sense of closeness. Creating artwork inspired from the sea for the 5000 sq. ft. wall of 1505 SawyerSt. was quite surreal for Janavi. Her plan was to strategically paint her abstract marine characters using bright colors to reflect the vibrant arts community of the First Ward and Sixth Ward and the Washington Ave Arts District.

Rail to the Sea is her tribute to the rail history, the supporting nature of this community and new beginnings. Though she is not a native Houstonian, Janavi has developed roots and made ties here. She arrived in Houston over three years ago with a pocket full of goals and no ties to this beautiful city. Immediately, she found a space, a sanctuary for her to create artwork in the First Ward in the Washington Avenue Arts District. As she looks back, she is humbled by the doors it opened for her professionally as well personally. Janavi and her work are connected to this place, and she ishonored to have her mural in the heart of it. She hopes to put a smileon the faces of the individuals who are part of the community through her work. This beautiful project is a symbol of gratitude and appreciation for her city and her community.

 
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Photos taken by Cristie williams    http://www.cristiewilliams.com

Photos taken by Cristie williams    http://www.cristiewilliams.com

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO 

While hunting for resources and looking for whatever donations. Janavi found a communal response in the city of Houston, it touched her heart. 

LEADERSHIP HOUSTON  http://leadershiphouston.org

JON DEAL, DEAL CO.  http://www.dealco.net

WASHINGTON AVE ARTS DISTRICT http://artsdistricthouston.com

HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE  http://www.houstonartsalliance.com

SHERWIN WILLIAMS OAKFOREST LOCATION http://www.sherwin-williams.com/store-locator/paint-store/houston/tx/8500#directions/to:8500

EQUIPMENT DEPOT   https://www.eqdepot.com/locations

JERRY'S ARTARAMA http://www.houston-jerrys.com/home/

THE ART INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON https://www.artinstitutes.edu/houston

LEWIS AND MAESE http://www.lmauctionco.com

FRANKS PIZZA  http://frankspizza.com

URBAN EATS http://www.feasturbaneats.com

 

 

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LIGHT BY NIGHT DAY FOR HEY


MINI MURAL PROJECT THROUGH UP ART STUDIO

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MINI MURAL PROJECT THROUGH UP ART STUDIO

In 2015 Janavi M Folmsbee applied to the Houston Arts Alliance open call for the Mini Murals project in Houston. The award-winning Mini Murals project by UP Art Studio, converts traffic signal control cabinets into works of art and transforms communities all over Houston. Mini Murals bring public art to areas of the city of Houston that have been seriously under-served and create civic pride through civic art.  Being Selected as one of their participating artists in the program was exciting and exhilerating for Janavi, she was honored to be selected into this program in 2016 she created a mini mural in a part of Houston that has been neglected and suffered in a flood.

Janavi took her fine arts training to the streets of Greenspoint in Houston. If you pass by Dyna on  Airline Dr. you will be embraced by a minimural that was inspired by water in an area which suffered a week before in a flood this is also an area where several of her friends grew up and remember the Shipleys Doughnut shop during their days of high school. "Water somehow connects us all." 

  In April 2016 Janavi spent two days working hard to create this Mural, 'Light by Night and Day for Hey.' Her first Mini Mural and the experience was memorable and almost enchanting. Not bothered by the busy traffic or the engaging passersby she embraced her canvas to create a surreal world of marine life inspired by her paintings and her Diving adventures. Her large oil paintings turned to studies for her metal canvas in this instance. Folmsbee has always enjoyed bringing her works to all corners of the world. After all being a scuba diver, she wants to share her stories and experiences by creating an understanding for marine conservation through beauty, through art.