Lola Jiblazee "Mikey in LES"

Lola Jiblazee "Mikey in LES"

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Lola Jiblazee "Mikey in LES" 2020

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
Dimensions 60 x 50 x 1.5in

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.

Mikey, Lower East Side, New York: “Question? Have you ever seen a movie and see how your life becomes a scene and or part of it? That’s the way I feel closing the gate of my ice cream shop. To close means a part of me cannot live. As an entrepreneur, you breathe, eat and sleep your business. Never giving up is the motto. Then something hits like a Mike Tyson uppercut in the first round. You can’t see it coming but it’s deadly. It’s not playing fair but it’s here. A pandemic.As the days pass, receiving calls of friends and family gone while we are quarantined, I can’t stay away from the shop. Even closed I go sweep the floor, dust, clean and then I leave. Feeling like a parent dropping off their child at pre K for the first time, I walk away feeling helpless not knowing what is in store for the future. The future of our lives. Then I start to think of a flavor. Another and another. Thinking of memories that inspire and create new ones. Flavors that will brighten our days and comfort us during times of uncertainty. “- Mikey

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

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