Today we’d like to introduce you to Eve Oak/Eve Olution.
Eve, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I moved California from Cleveland, Ohio at the end of 2007 and quickly found my way into the underground art scene of San Diego and Los Angeles. Fire & cirque performers, tribal belly dancers, and visual artists surrounded me with exceptional talent. The inner calling to work and collaborate with these exceptional artists became a fire that fueled me into creating a theatre collective inside themes of the avant-garde. Little did I know, by making the choice to use the stories within ancient mythology as my muse, something much larger would emerge into reality. The undeniable energetic & emotional experience of our first performance led me to experience the power of personal ritual, mythos, and ancient wisdom long forgotten & hidden in the tales of all the archetypal pantheons of our ancestors. Evokation Sacred Art was born in 2009 after this life-changing experience and ever since, has been evolving into various forms of performance delivered to audiences around the world.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
The most fulfilling discovery is the way this art form transforms the artists I collaborate with. They open their hearts and souls to get very personal with themselves, the intentions of the message inside the story of the art, and therefore resulting in very powerful vulnerable offerings within the live performance. This process for them needs guiding and a particular way to give support emotionally, mentally, and physically as they discover themselves and the art that wants to come through them inside the process. My passion quickly led me to integrate holistic practices and trainings to better serve them and be able to adequately support what they were going through inside these journeys together. Very quickly I realized this is not only healing for them but the art that comes through them becomes palpably healing for our audiences. The study of psyche, health, and well being then became a focus for several years. It’s only been within the last few years that we’ve been able to really dial in this experience in a formulaic way that produces the results we are aiming for in terms of catharsis for the artist and the audiences.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
The archetype of the struggling artist is surprisingly for most of us a needed part of the path of becoming a great artist. Somehow learning how to persevere and focus more on the art itself vs focusing on how to make money is a learned skillset. Most artists focus on their art their whole lives and it all depends on the individual when and if that art becomes “successful” by monetary standards. In this day and age, I think we have so many more opportunities to share our art with the world and living in the mindset that anything is possible will lead to that art being shared with the right people at the right time. There is this great quote that I love to hold close to me which gives me that extra push whenever I need it most. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin. To me, that’s it, keep your focus on becoming exceptional at what you do, and eventually, the world won’t be able to ignore you!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
In 2020, we are working on releasing public online courses to connect people of all walks of life to what we’ve been working on as a small group for the past several years. We will be releasing a new guided meditation album and other holistic healing materials to assist people in the power of using art to heal.
- Website: EvokationSacredArt.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evokationart
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EvokationSacredArt/
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/evokationsacredart
Photography: Amir Weiss (blue photo)