with ALYS CAVINESS GOBER
Briefly tell us about yourself: your family, education, work background, etc.
I'm an anthropologist, artist, and writer. Despite lifelong disabilities that include a rare and incurable lung disease, I try to persevere with my arts related projects and nonprofit volunteering. I was raised in and academic and arts-focused household; I have an MA in Anthropology, taught Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the collegiate level for several years, and was a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics until I developed chronic heart failure, tachycardia, and an aortic valve leak. I serve on the Noblesville Cultural Arts Council and am active in the local arts scene. I sell artwork online and locally as Creative Expressions Arts, and was juried into the Hamilton County Artists' Association in both photography (2012) and 2D categories (2013). I'm a FY2017 (July 2016 - June 2017) Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Project Grant Award recipient, for which I created a series of paintings expressing life with hidden disabilities. You can find out more about me in my HCAA Artist's Profile.
Aside from art, what other kinds of things do you enjoy doing?
I write poetry and prose, and I enjoy relaxing to music, classic movies, and good books.
Who are some of your favorite artists you go to for inspiration?
Although I appreciate many artists (passed on or living), my inspirations come from my own experiences, travels, things/places I love, literature, poetry, songs, etc.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ireland and Macedonia.
Do you have any secret talents you’d like to share? Or maybe an interesting fact about you that not many people know about?
Hm, secret talents. Well, I can read Tarot cards. And I can read tea leaves and coffee grounds (from coffee brewed like Turkish coffee).
Do you have a favorite quote?
The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n. ~ John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1
What are some of your biggest accomplishments (art or life)?
Life: my grown kids; they're amazing! Art: national and international recognition for my artwork, photography, and writings.
Do you have any favorite pieces of artwork of your own?
Hill of Tara
Force of Nature
At the Farm
St. Louis Cemetery #1, Through The Fence, New Orleans, LA