I met Desdamona at the Abstracted Gallery in NE Mpls one evening a few years back. They had given me an entire wall in their Luck of the Draw show. Which worked out to be around 20+ drawings and paintings. It was the first time I had seen that much of my art in a gallery all at one time. And, yeah. It looked good.
All of the art was based in folk and fairy tales, the subconscious dreaming mind, and strong historical female figures. So I suppose it's really no surprise that she saw my work and needed to meet me. Those are her words, and I smile remembering her telling me the story of why she wanted my help creating the world she envisioned. She's just one of those rare, unassuming people who makes you want to do better. She makes you want to shine.
So we spent the next couple years talking about poetry and daydreaming together about this world called No Man's Land. Until the album release party at Bedlam Theater in Lowertown St. Paul April 16th, 2016. My part in the project was to illustrate the six nursery-rhyme style poems to go along with her new album and the Siren sound project. All of these were projected behind the stage throughout the performance, and it was amazing. The show was intended to showcase the wealth of female talent we have here in the Twin Cities. Des knows this, and tirelessly strives to shine light upon all of us hard-working creative ladies who help make the arts community and culture here the wonderfully full and diverse environment that it is. That sentiment has taken root in my soul, and a flame has been kindled. Work hard, do better, and carve out space where ever we can for those who create from the heart.
You can see all the artwork I did for the album, and buy a physical or digital download of the No Man's Land album here in Des's Pop-up Webshop: https://www.musicglue.com/desdamona/shop/
She has the prettiest show posters pairing her poetry with the corresponding illustration, t-shirts, and more!!
Please take a moment to browse the offerings listed here and support her work!
I have fine art prints of the No Man's Land illustrations listed in my webshop here:
Along with a selection of other prints available directly from me.
I hope you'll enjoy the music from Des's newest album!
I'm so very grateful I got to tag along on this journey with her. Thank you, Des!