The Heroine’s Journey of Aunia Kahn

What is the best thing that I love about my work? That it has been a large tool in healing and personal growth and it’s been a way to connect to people in ways I could have never imagined possible. I also enjoy how my work evolves over time in association with my personal journey through lifetime experiences. Looking back and reflecting on older artwork, I view them as pieces from a personal visual journal that hide away stories, secrets and symbols associating with that specific time in my life.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? For me there is no idea of perfect happiness. If there was, we would not be experiencing life. We can have moments of perfect happiness, but in a way those moments can be sad because we know they will not last. Life is fleeting, changing and growing. Perfect happiness is in the imperfections of the story of life.

What is my greatest fear?  “I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.” – Bram Stoker

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  Workaholism. After losing over a decade of my life to an illness, I find I overreach – overcompensate. Lost time creates a strong understanding of impermanence and urgency. It’s hard not to take on too much and try to catch up for lost time.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Anyone willing to use their creativity as a profession. There is not one person I would single out, because I feel anyone who is willing to work towards their goals is admirable.

What is my greatest extravagance? Art Supplies, Tarot Cards & Collected Artwork/Creations by Others 

On what occasion would I lie? I can be truthful to a fault. Don’t ask me anything you don’t want a truthful answer to. However, I have lied to spare the feelings of others on rare and just occasions.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? That I always get to a frustrating place with each new work and I want to give up. It happens every time, but when I work though it – breakthrough.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Right now… today…this second.

If I could, what would I change about myself?  As a human being we are evolving every day which is exciting. At this very moment I am happy with who I am with all my imperfections, but daily I strive to always be a better more centered and loving individual.

What is my greatest achievement in work? That I have been able to create something I love and in turn connected with the world around me. My inner world gets to meet my outer world and it’s weird and exhilarating.

Where would I most like to live? Anywhere with the people I love, but I would love to move to Europe.

What is my most treasured possession? I know that fur children are not possessions, but they are my most treasured parts of my life. Second, an antique silk baby blanket from a woman who was like a mother to me – it was hers.

What is my most marked characteristic? Resilience

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? All the nature… any place outside among the beauty of Oregon.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? That’s a very long story.

What books influenced my life and how? The list of books is infinite, but I will list a handful below. How these books and many others have influenced my life would be hard for me to answer because I could not be thorough enough in such a small space to make me feel satisfactory in my answer. It’s too deep and complicated for a paragraph.

 – The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery – Wendy Moore 
– Stardust -Neil Gaiman
– The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma &Trauma Treatment – Babette Rothschild 
– The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science – Norman Doidge

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I have already died once, so on my second time around I would listen to a mix CD with a collection of Industrial/Synthpop music.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Andy Dufresne. Get busy living or get busy dying.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Each and every person living on this planet who is living life and doing the best they can with what resources they have. Life is not easy“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Wendy Mass

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Shawshank Redemption or The Fountain

What role plays art in my life and work? It has always been a mode of healing and expression for myself. If others enjoy it too, I feel really honored.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My partner M de Vena, who is also a wonderful artist and writer. He is not only my best friend and love, we also have a strong bond with being creatively collaborative as a couple. #immer

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? For a question like this, I like the idea of being open and inviting to what the Universe brings. More specifically, I would like to work with others that challenge myself and my ideas as an artist and human being.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I would say the same thing as above, I am open and inviting to what the Universe brings. I am interested in meeting anyone and everyone. You never know how someone you meet can change your life forever.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? After getting back to work late this year, I am working on my Art Book, which is entitled “XIII The Art of Aunia Kahn” which spans the last 13 years of my career. I am finishing editing “An Epidemic in Retrospective” so it can go to print. An Epidemic in Retrospect is a compilation of writings collected from individuals on this journey sharing their experiences and what they have learned from the very beginning until now. I am in the process of working on 2 new tarot card decks, just reopened Alexi Era Gallery with a larger focus on community and cause related exhibitions and projects and many many more things up my sleeve.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? 

April 12, 2018, Animation Reanimation, Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA

April 7, 2018, Le Rêve, Haven Gallery, Northport, NY

May 4, 2018, Catharsis, Alexi Era Gallery, Eugene, OR

May 12, 2018, Mermay, Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA

May 17th, 2018 Expression: Benefit for Sheltercare, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, OR

Oct 10, 2018, M de Vena & Aunia Kahn Feature, Inverarity Gallery, Scotland

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 
The Fire Never Dies. Even if Only a Little Spark. That’s Still A Small Fire.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Deborah Jackson, Jennifer Weigel, Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon

How can you contact me
Instagram & Twitter: @auniakahn


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