she battled on
for she dreamed
of the simple things

the simple things
sweet-pie cookies
of dreams, she battled on

she battled on
and on she roared
dreams of simple

the clothes she whore

Statement of Purpose
Brave House Secrets
as originally debuted, 2014, in my home town

Violence comes in many forms both physical and emotional. It is inherently corrosive in nature. Far too many individuals walk through life in darkness; feeling isolated and shamed by the struggles and secrets of their experiences.

Drawing and writing, for me, began out of an instinct for survival. Did I ever believe myself an ‘artist’? Did I aspire one day to be one whom others call ‘artist’? No. I wrote simply to breathe. I drew in order to have, if only imaginary, someone or something else, know my terror, my grief, my hopes, my dreams.

I taped everything underneath my clothes, and then discarded it all in various alleyway dumpsters. My friend and confidant, drawing simply made daily life possible for a while.

Installation View, Brave House Secrets (detail #1), Track 13, Nampa, Idaho 2014

By the time I reached college, my struggles dramatically increased. I was spiraling into an unknown abyss of darkness. In an attempt to make myself feel safer, I signed up for an art class, photography. After that, I never left the art department, and graduated knowing my home was where it had always been; in art. I possessed no greater communication tool, and today, it is still my greatest sense of safety and purpose.

My work creates a space for conversation and dialogue. I believe there is no greater possibility for change then to simply record experiences and then, let them go. For me, this is publicly sharing my work.

I desire to reach as many people, and begin as many conversations as possible. It will travel the United States.  Allow the Brave House Secrets to fell barriers of isolation and shame. Let the work stand as a living testament.

paint much love, always,
Connie Karleta Sales
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower

she dreamed of simple things, 65" x 48", pigment, ink, graphite, paper, ©CKS, 2013-14
she dreamed of simple things, 65″ x 48″, pigment, ink, graphite, paper, ©CKS, 2013-14, 17 (re-debut tba)

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Posted by:Connie Karleta Sales

artist, poet, educator, public speaker and thriver! Smiles and unpaved roads are the way I roll :D

4 replies on “She dreamed of simple things in color-graphite lines of charcoal

  1. Connie, I’m so glad you braved every instance and that you’ve lived to tell your story in your words and with your art.

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