I am Adora, He-man’s twin sister,
and Defender of the crystal castle
This is Spirit, my beloved steed.
Fabulous secrets were reveled to me,
The day I held aloft my sword and said,
‘For the honor of Grey Skull! I am She-ra!’
Only a few others share this secret.
Among them, are Light Hope, Madame Razz, and Kowl.
Together, me and my friends of the Great Rebellion
Strive to free Etheria of the evil forces of Hordac!
Applying Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey to She-ra: She-ra is proving to be just a well of symbols, mythology, female-empowerment, and inspiration. Also, it's MOTHERFLIPPIN HILARIOUS and strangely uplifting to watch cartoons from your childhood! Some may call this regression, but I say NO! This is but the next chapter of deepening, ripening, creating a modern mythology, fighting to FREE ETHERIA! Ok I'm a dork.
And on that note I'm also finding some kundalini and reiki references in there, by... accident? You tell me! Is She-ra a great conspiracy to empower little girls to find centuries long innate healing / ass-kicking powers within?! I think soooo!
It's especially inspiring for me because the featured artists seem to have 10 or so years on me, and seeing their development of coming into their own practices and self-awareness gets me all amped up and motivated and hopeful, like YES! we actually CAN LIVE AND WORK AND PLAY AND BE CRAZY ARTISTS IF THAT'S WHAT WE'RE CALLED TO BE!!!
For the Beautiful Losers, it all started at a gallery space in NY; for me, at the underground warehouse art coop we called the Family Tree in Olympia WA (SHOUT OUT TO OLY!) We experienced that same joy that happens when like-minded creatives gather in a “home” of sorts to incubate together, back in the day.
And from that special incubator, we all scattered but remain cosmically intertwined, as growth deepens, style defined, and missions clear.
Now, I’m striving to become more and more a full-time artist, which is terrifying and thrilling. But that’s the devoted path to producing a prolific body of work that really works to heal/inspire/uplift a culture so dear to me.
As these featured artists clearly have done.
"[New York]...is a great mountain top to shout your message from." ~Steve Powers
"The Sun Does Not Know it's a Star." ~Geoff McFetridge
"You have the right to be you." ~Steve Powers
"...kids like chaos... we're kids... our work is in the vernacular, you know, speaking in the way that we spoke as youth..." ~combined voice over montage
Well done losers, beautifully well done.
Posted by Meghan Oona Clifford at 7:45 PM