The artist attends modern dance courses to learn new ones

“Hi. My name is Ciarra (@cbozthepoetess)! I’m an interdisciplinary artist and art educator formally based in Los Angeles, but now I’m a little East Coast boy again in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I’m actually preparing for my MFA program at MICA this fall. in Baltimore!

My artistic practice focuses on self-portrait, movement performance, public art and art education. Through video, performance, photography and writing, I use my body as the main medium to activate space and explore healing through movement, nature, color theory and time.

In addition to selling my artwork, I am passionate about art education and use my Instagram, website and newsletter “An Artletter” as a way to educate, promote and recognize the arts. I give art lectures, online and in person, I prepare guides to art exhibitions and I use “An Artletter” to highlight colorful artists, art exhibitions and knowledge of art. I am working to bridge the gap between the communities of color and fine arts.

Being an artist has helped me broaden my view of beauty and not be so quick in judging, which is hard! If I judge something quickly, such as a work of art, I force myself to critically evaluate why I do it or do not consider it beautiful. Art has given me a deeper appreciation of beauty and all the forms it takes.

When I was growing up, I had fashion ads Teen Vogue along the walls of my bedroom. I loved viewing clothes, makeup, shoes, perfumes, people, fashion shows, etc. Through these ads, I learned to recognize good and bad composition, framing, content and colors, and I quickly found out what worked and what didn’t. me in the photo. I thought everything in those magazines was so cool. To this day, I still look at well-done fashion ads and photos.

I also think my mother played a huge role in my beauty appreciation. She was super creative. Everything she did was beautiful. From her collages, photo albums, cards and pictures, everything looked casual, simple and fun. She really taught me how to create beautiful things with what I already had.

My skin care routine is quite simple. My skin is prone to acne and lately I’ve been trying to mix my routine and take my time, especially when I’m approaching thirty at the end of the year!

In the morning, I wash my face with Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser. Then I use Thayers Witch Hazel Toner, followed by Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector and Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Dark Circle Reduceing Vitamin C Eye Serum, followed by Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. Then I will use SuperGoop Unseen Sunscreen or Everyday Humans Resting Beach Face Sunscreen. To make matters worse, I use Maven Made Rosewater Wondermist Spray.

For the night, I exchange my face wash at Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, which I LOVE. It feels like it has removed all the sweat or the remaining makeup of the day. Twice a week I will peel with Dehiya Mihakka with Kiehl’s cleaner. Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion Toner for Night Place Thayers. Every other night I will use Topicals Faded Cream, Glossier Universal Pro-Retinol Cream and Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil, applied with my rose quartz roller. When I’m out, I use Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Finally, I mix Golde’s Clean Green and their Papaya Bright face masks together and use them about 3 times a week.

I like my face to look as natural as possible and the whole process to be as simple as possible. When I discovered Glossier a few years ago, it was really my perfect makeup company. I love their products and use them for most (if not all) of my makeup products. I’ll start with Glossier Stretch Concealer and Perfecting Skin Tint, followed by Glossier Brow Flick, Lash Stick, as well as Solar Paint in Heat and Cloud Paint in Haze. Right now, my current obsession is with ColourPop Crystal Face Jewels! I adjusted my makeup with Maven Made Rosewater Wondermist Spray.

My body care routine consists of peeling at least twice a week with a peeling glove and a Lavender salt peeling from Trader Joe’s! For washing the body I use liquid soap Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Catile Liquid Soap and Lady Body Butter body butter for hydration. Two to three times a week, I brush my body dry and then apply shea butter using Bodecare Jute Dry Body Brush. I love this brush, it is so relaxing and leaves the skin soft.

My hair routine is to shampoo my hair about three times a week to remove excess sebum from the scalp to prevent dandruff or acne on the head #mixedgirlprobz. When I want my curls to be supple and fresh and I don’t need to shampoo, I soak my hair in the shower and let the conditioner work in it for about 10 minutes. I switched to Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner. It smells so good and I like how my hair feels after I get out of the shower. Every other week I will perform a hair treatment with Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Moisturizing Masque and Two-Step ApHogee Protein Treatment & Balanced Moisturizer. I’ve been in hell with Pattern’s Leave-In Conditioner for over a year. After inserting the rinse-free conditioner, I will use a small amount of Eco Styling Gel to hold my curls together. Personally, I love how I feel in my hair the next day when I don’t blow dry my hair, but when I want my curls to be extra elastic and have more volume, I blow them out with a diffuser. A diffuser is a must. On the second or third day, I will add a dime amount of BioSilk Silk Therapy Original Oil.

I’ve been really into yoga for the last year. I try to do it 3-5 times a week. I love Allie Van Fossen on Youtube. Her classes are challenging but relaxing and her yoga practice focuses on the chakras.

To get out of the house and meet new people, I recently started attending contemporary and modern dance classes at a local dance studio twice a week. These lessons helped me stay present, concentrate and find solace in my discomfort, because I am definitely the worst of all the lessons. Dance, like life, is about progress, not perfection, and I like that it reminds me of that. Outside of dance classes, when I feel overwhelmed, I like to dance in my house, normally I play a Soulection mix or some underground mixes on SoundCloud.

In addition to physical activity, tea helps me calm down. The tea calmed me down. I had to limit my coffee because it bothered me too much. Since then, I have switched to herbal and green teas most of the week. My friends bought me a couple of tea ceremony sets, so now I’m practicing tea time. My favorite tea now is blue butterfly peas, it will change your water to a beautiful blue color and after adding lemon it will turn purple. It’s a lot of fun and pleasing to the eye and obviously full of antioxidants.

And if none of the above works out that day, I’ll visit a museum, dive into an art book, or paint. Looking at art helps me get out of my head and enter the artist’s world, it helps me better reflect on my own practice and my life. Art reminds me that I’m not alone, and that really helps me relax. ”


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