Sohaila Adela & Joe Vollan This Friday At Moksha & Upper Playground!

Sohaila Adela, whose work is on the right, will have a show opening this Friday, May 15th, at Moksha in the University District (4542 University Way NE). Her new body of work features well-drawn female characters, as before, but they are now ornamented with dramatic ornaments and symbols. From the looks of it, this particular show with have a leaning towards dark themes.

To the left, Joe Vollan‘s standout style of illustration has torn up the Seattle scene as of late. Using niche-market characters, such as robots, octopuses, flies, and teddy bears, Vollan crafts worlds that are domestic and nostalgic, yet whimsical at the same time. This Friday, right on the same street at Moksha, Vollan will have an opening at Upper Playground (4730 University Way NE).

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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