Lola Jiblazee "Kara and OJ in Upstate New York"

Lola Jiblazee "Kara and OJ in Upstate New York"

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Lola Jiblazee "Kara and OJ in Upstate New York" 2020

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions 46 x 56 in

Signed on Recto, includes certificate of authenticity.

Lola Jiblazee is a New York based artist from Tbilisi, Georgia. She primarily works with acrylic paint and digital forms to create her art. Influenced in her formative years by strong female role models during Georgia's Civil War, Lola developed a passion to echo the empowerment of women. Her career in the art scenes of Brooklyn and Manhattan's Lower East Side reflects her commitment to continue focusing on the issues that represent her. Lola has participated in numerous international exhibitions including “CENTENNIAL: She” curated by GCCA and the New York State Museum, Patricia Field’s ArtFashion, ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE curated by Indira Cesarine at The Untitled Space, Frida Kahlo House at Satellite Art Fair powered by Frida Kahlo Corporation & Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology & History, and Galerie P38 during Paris Art Week 2019. In 2019 she debuted as a performance artist for “Not Buried but Waiting” a film by Marguerite Van Cook for Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

In her latest series "True World Story" Lola Jiblazee explores hope, love, and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Isolated during the lockdown, Lola turned to social media and has asked her followers to share their positive quarantine stories. Those stories helped Lola to fight off her own anxieties. Lola grew up in the Republic of Georgia in the nineties during a Civil War. She had been under curfew and isolated, went without water and electricity, and was separated from loved ones for months. Those experiences greatly affected how she viewed the world. She struggled to overcome the PTSD that ensued but the experiences also made her stronger. Through her artwork, she attempts to convey how others can find joy in simple things which can help overcome tough times and remind people how beautiful life can be.
Kara and OJ, Upstate New York: "My husband got sick, and with his new occupation as a reluctant social media corona triage, I felt that he was getting sicker mentally. After our friend SAME passed away, I knew we had to get away, as the ritual was when a graffiti writer dies, his crew goes out and writes his name all over the city. Everyone was morning, and nobody was social distancing, their brother passed, and this was all they new. I booked a rare airb&b in Roxbury New York - The waterfall house - and took a few friends with us for the week, and for the first time in months, we felt human again. Buy the end of the week they went home, but we found another airb&b nearby, and booked that for 2 weeks. This one had a pond and a dog that adopted us as parents. By the 2nd day we booked another AirB&B, this one for a month. The day we moved in, the riots started in NYC. We had a pool, but because my husband couldn’t March, we never used it. The month ended, and another friend died. We went home for the funeral, and after watching our front door step turn into an open air beer garden, we tore up our lease and moved everything into storage. We escaped NY on Independence Day, ironic because it felt like war, and we were leaving Vietnam. We are now back upstate, not in that barn loft, but in a secluded home on the side of a hill. The comfortably callous apathy of luck. We are closer now than we’ve ever been." - Kara

Learn more about Lola Jiblazee's artwork and exhibitions on our website.

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