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Text by Katie Kerl, Copyright 2019
This time last year I was debating if I should take photos with Tony Ward or not. I am so happy I decided to do it! I did not listen to one person that told me it was a bad idea because of social judgment. It was one of the most freeing things I’ve done in my adult life.
I even ended up in his current photography book on two pages! There are a slew of other famous professional models in the book, as well as other impressive creative’s. That was pretty cool on its own, but getting to blog about my life with no restrictions might have saved me.
I SAVED MYSELF by writing and getting out what I was going through at the time. Being real in the things I was talking about got a lot of attention from people I have not heard from in years. Thanking me for choosing topics no one talks about, but everyone can relate to. I have Tony to thank for that. Many people call him a mentor. I absolutely see why including myself now. He lives life exactly the way he wants to despite stigma, encourages people to be free, and find that thing that gives you inner peace. Now I am lucky enough to say that about myself. I always loved to cook and be fit, that brought me confidence in the way I look, but it did not give me inner peace.
Everyone sees bloggers on vacations, free products they receive, and eating at the nicest places in the best outfits. I never thought that spilling my roller coaster of life events would touch so many people. In fact I was expecting the opposite response.
As time passed I got out a lot of things that bothered me. I cut my drinking in more than half. I was the epitome of a train wreck with everything I had dealt with in the last five years. This new hobby really made me understand once you find your PASSION destructive behavior is no longer appealing.
It also made me realize decision making sober is emotionally fucking taxing. I still have a few drinks now, but I was polishing off bottles of wine and whiskey like they were water. I was very quick to dismiss people that no longer suited me. I am more tolerant now and have learned patience. Well, more than I had before ha!
After writing about myself for the better part of the year; I turned my focus to friends who went through major life changes following their dreams. Happiness is more important to them than being in a career path they hated.
That led me to Derek Bailey. We came across each other on Instagram. When I saw what he was doing I immediately asked to interview him. Derek agreed and welcomed any positive press for his new green car innovation. That interview will be published as soon as his car gets to the U.S.
Tony will actually be taking the photo for that one. Another pretty dope thing; a famous photographer wanting to take photos for something I have written!
Derek liked my interview so much he proposed it be turned into a video podcast sponsored by his car company.
Whether or not that ends up happening the fact he is in a different realm of business, and a leader in green automotive technology was quite the compliment. He is in the business of building businesses and making people money. Maybe I have written enough to not only have this be a rewarding hobby; but possibly one day a new career path.
A year writing for Tony Ward Studio does a mind, body, and soul good.
I hope you all find the same inner peace.
Thank you for Kerling up with Kate this year!!
Katie Kerl was raised in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. She is currently living in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. Katie has a background in Psychology from Drexel University. She is a manager in the commercial/residential design field . Katie can be reached on Instagram @kerlupwithkate
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TW: Let’s start with your acceptance to PAFA. How did you feel when you heard the news of acceptance to MFA program?
LR: It was only a month between my submission to PAFA and my acceptance into PAFA. I was excited because it would be my first time going to a fine arts academy to pursue a fine arts degree. My four-year liberal arts experience was more on the theoretical side. PAFA seems to be a better place for me to do something more practical. I went to the open house last fall and immediately fell in love with the facilities inside and decided to apply there: a rooftop terrace that holds the best part of the city, spacious private studio space, skylit painting studios and etc. The location is also a plus. Located in center Philly makes everything more accessible. More opportunities to go to gallery openings and to meet more people in the art circle. Hope I could walk outside my comfort zone and experiment with more mediums during my next two years there. Looking forward to the new semester.
TW: You spent part of the summer visiting friends and family in Shanghai. What is it like in China these days with the tariff wars seemingly going on with out an end in sight. Are the American tariff’s having an impact on daily life in Shanghai and more generally through out China?
LR: I am not really into politics, so I don’t have much to say for this question. But my friends talk about it, only talk about it because there isn’t much that they could do. I remember the day my friend circle all came out and cried when 1 USD converts to 7 CNY. The currency rate is going insane. It is now up to 7.16 CNY. The rate might be a real problem to those studying abroad because it means that they need to pay more for their high tuition. Other than that, I think people just live their normal life and are not really affected by the tariff. Well, I still need to say that I am not a political person. So my words really don’t count towards this one.
TW: So you’ve clearly drawn a distinction between your art and politics. Tell me what draws you to make Art. What is its purpose if it’s not political?
LR: I don’t think art should always be political. My painting professor Ying Li at Haverford College was the one who inspired and encouraged me to do art. She always says to me: “just paint what you see and the more you paint the more clearly you will see the object”. Landscape, cityscape, and still life are my current main interests in painting. I am interested in exploring how forms, structures, and colors impact the way I see and make a painting. One of my favorite artists is Joan Mitchell whose work focuses on abstract forms and colors.
TW: You coined the phrase Imitation Kills. What does the term mean to you and do you apply the concept in life in some way?
LR: I used that phrase for my social platforms. Nowadays people just imitate each other, from clothing style to art style. Influencers post outfits on Instagram and followers go after them. Originality is lost or is diminishing. People are doing similar stuff. I don’t think that’s a good thing, especially in the field of art because we are different individuals and we need to use our own way to prove that we are unique, even if one’s art style has not been widely accepted.
TW: Your current series of paintings featured at the senior exhibit at Haverford College this past Spring revealed a focus on abstraction with an effusive application of paint and vigorous brush work. How do you anticipate your work evolving in the next two years at PAFA?
LR: I look forward to trying something different at PAFA so I couldn’t answer how I would anticipate my work to be. Let this be an open question and we shall see.
TW: You have a love for fashion that is often reflected in your affection for oversized clothing as part of your day to day style. In this series of pictures another side of your persona is revealed in your choice of bathing suit for a series of pictures taken at the Oceana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. Tell us about the black two piece you brought back from Shanghai on your recent trip. What is your impression of the Jersey Shore?
LR: I bought the bathing suits from a Chinese lingerie brand named NEIWAI. The brand features intimates for petite sizes. Their design is simple but also sexy in a subdued way. I think that impression is similar to my day to day style. They don’t have too many options in bathing suits, so I just bought the piece that I think might fit me the best in size. I chose black because that has always been my top color. The leather jacket is from All Saints. I feel more comfortable covering more of my body. Speaking of the Jersey Shore, I mean, who doesn’t like the beach? It’s a perfect getaway from busy city life. I like the architecture of the Oceana. The design is quite modern and the curves on the exterior are totally on point. Shoutout to Tony who picked this place to shoot. The surrounding fits the outfit perfectly.
TW: The Chinese government has blocked access to Google, Facebook, Youtube, and other mass global communication platforms on the internet. What do you think the reason for that is?
LR: I think the voices on these social platforms are different, especially when the problem goes to politics. However, I am not saying that one voice is better than the other. It’s just that politics has always been a complicated thing. Our minds could be easily influenced by words spreading on these platforms. The government is just trying their best to eliminate the unnecessary issues that might arise.
TW: Are artists based in China heavily censored by the government as to what they can express in a work of Art?
LR: I am not familiar with the art circle in China because I spend most of my time here in the States. But I think we can do whatever we want unless we create and show art that has strong politically sensitive subjects. Other than that, I believe that artists based in China have enough freedom.
TW: With the exception of Al Weiwei are there other leading artists from China having an impact on the global stage that inspire you to make Art?
LR: I am thinking about adding more Chinese elements in my paintings. My two favorite Chinese artists are Cai Guo-Qiang and Xu Bing. They are both creative in their way of making art and are also the ones who incorporate Chinese materials and culture in their work.
TW: What are your goals in the next 5 years?
Haven’t planned that far. I hope to have a solo opening after graduating from PAFA. So I guess I will keep painting. I am thinking about going back to Shanghai to spend more time with my family after graduation. It just has been a while since I first came here.
Editor’s Note: Linda Ruan is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a concentration on painting and art history. She recently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Poetry by A. H. Scott, Copyright 2019
What are you waiting for?
For that moment when everything will be just right?
For the moment you’ll be blessed with a kiss goodnight?
Or, when you walk into a room to have someone look at you with a gaze of perfect delight?
Pondering your worth in another person’s life?
What are you looking for?
What do you seek?
Is it something or someone that will tip your dreams to its’ peak?
Maybe all of it
Maybe none of it
When will that day come?
Thinking you can be the one
The one in the mirror that makes you smile
The one who finally sees you and wants you to stick around
The one who realizes strengths within that will endure
The one that knows there’s more to this life for sure
The one obscured behind that internal jawboning of defeat
The one who compares to another in a race which we didn’t compete
The one who has settled in ways both large and small
Wanting to expand horizons, but afraid to shine
Affixed to that humble grind
Sitting back and watching seconds turn to years
And, stunted by fears
Staying in your own lane, you never complain
Hands of time can never unwind
Obsolete in stoking a fire within another
Inside of you there’s a yearning flicker of embracing something beautiful and new
Settling is safe, as is the shore
There’s so much more to life to adore
Maybe, it’s not another which you seek
It’s someone closer than you think
The one is you
Just look in the mirror
You will see it through
You will see it true
About The Author: A.H. Scott is a poet based in New York City and frequent contributor to Tony Ward Studio. To read additional articles by A. H. Scott, go here:http://tonywardstudio.com/blog/a-h-scott-madisons-key/
Editor’s Note: To see more pictures of Alice as well as other pictures and films from Tony Ward’s erotica collection, click here: http://tonywarderotica.com/category/membership-account/
Editor’s Note: To see more pictures of Carmen as well as other pictures and films from Tony Ward’s erotica collection, click here: http://tonywarderotica.com/category/membership-account/