Naomi and Dali: An Introduction

The Elephants, Salvador Dali. 1948

This week the worlds of the arts collide and the truly insane rejoice!

I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to guest blog on apurplepaintbrush.com to celebrate Dali week. I am a lover of the written word, I am a lover of Salvador Dali, I — insert dramatic pause here — am a lover of Traci Turner. Friends for 15 years and practically opposites in every way, we’ve found that our very own passion for our respective arts (my writing, her painting) has allowed us to connect with one another on levels that most people don’t care to explore these days :-/.

We live in this new world where it’s perfectly ok to use technology to shield others from who you really are. The core of a person can now be determined by the look of an Instagram photo or whack updates posted on Facebook. I hope that we can at least look inside ourselves and find that there is a lot more where that came from and who we truly are is not what we post. Maybe, in the rarest of moments we allow something to trigger spontaneity within us and reveal a glimpse of who we are at heart. The song that brings the wallflower onto the dance floor, the documentary that moves you to start a revolution, or even the beauty of a stranger’s mouth that triggers a wildly inappropriate fantasy. The question is: do we wish to allow our personalities to be auto-corrected into something more palatable for the masses? Or is it finally time to reveal the grit and insanity within and let the chips fall where they may?

This week, in honor of Salvador Dali, I hope to take you deep into yourself to extract the part of you all have yet to see. Dali has been dead for years but it is from his life that I have learned to pursue my art without censor or fear of judgement, to always say exactly what I mean, and to live life as if I am slowly going more insane with each passing day. Join me in the asylum, if only just for the week, and we’ll let go of our inhibitions and open our minds together….

Happy Dali week!!

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