December 15, 2016
The Love Below Society
Tell us more about some of your past projects?
I have been doing social work and art for a while. I have led art groups for people living with dementia, people struggling with mental health issues, homelessness and addiction and kiddos. I’ve been making my own art for as long as I can remember and that continues to change in form and idea.
What current projects are you working on?
A photo project with kiddos from Soul City Boxing Gym. A stop motion video about positive thinking with kids at Kent Library. The Love Below Society, a creative wellness program for girls is Nikki Eggerstorfer and my baby. I am working on developing a community art piece about breathing as well as trying to afford Hypnotherapy Training.
What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?
I get to see my mama and my dad a lot more, which is awesome. Seeing my entire family more often and being a part of my lil cousin's lives. I also love my wonderful friends here and being able to afford an apartment with an extra bedroom so that my wonderful friends from other places can visit.
Tell us about one of your greatest successes.
Body acceptance and taking my vitamins.
Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?
My family and friends. Rap music. Walking. Thinking. The body. Talking. Books. Taking baths. Feeling feelings. The people of Toledo.
Tell us about your background.
In 1988, Renee Sa and Ozzie Sa created me in Toledo, Ohio. I grew up between the abortion clinic and library off of Sylvania Ave. I wanted to be an ice skater, artist, lawyer, brain surgeon and record producer. My best friend Brittany and I once rode our bikes through Wildwood Park at night. Catholic school girl my whole life. Went to BGSU where I received my BFA. Traveled around for a bit and lived in Bowling Green. Moved to Washington State where I was exposed to a totally different way of living. Traveled in Brazil and Peru. Came back home.
Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?
I ball all through the winter and I stunt all through the summer - Gucci Mane
Favorite place for local culture?
Downtown Library and Ohio Skate
Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .
Soul City Boxing Gym, The Space, F.L.O.C Homies Union, @dirtykics, Hexa Handmade and Boochy Mama’s Fire Cider
My favorite place to chill locally is . . .
Downtown Library and Bleak House Coffee
My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .
Swan Lake behind the Erie Street Market
When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .
If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .
Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?
Everything I do with Nikki Eggerstorfer makes me happy
Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.
3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .
loud, moody and sweatpants
Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.
Life of Pablo - Kanye West
New Amerykah Part 2 - Erykah Badu
Barter 6 - Young Thug
Blonde - Frank Ocean
Late Nights - Jeremih
My biggest vice is . . .
I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.
More experimentation. More engagement. More places to dance.
One movie character I identify with is . . .
anyone played by Eartha Kitt.
The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .
When my mom and dad built me an ice skating rink in my backyard for Christmas and reiki training from my aunt
My most inspiring moment was/is . . .
I want my last meal to be _______________.
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