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Edward M. Corpus
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Hello! Thank you for dropping by my page and galleries. Thanks to all my DA watchers and creative friends. Won't you please introduce yourself, and tell me what brought you to my page?

As you can see from my DA journal entries (and website blog, if you choose to visit there), I've got some definite opinions about art and the creative processes of artists like us. The bio below is partly from last year, but still works for 2018 just to give you a sense who I am:

Please check out my website and blog as well, and sign up for an outrageous newsletter. emcanimator.com/ I think it's worth your while to take part in and contribute to the discussion.

I'm continuing to explore the prospects of turning serious writing I’ve been working on for years into graphic novels that explore ideas on intolerance and inequality -- whether it be racial, sexual preferences or gender orientation, age, economic or social status -- and the process of discovery of one's place in existence.

My art is humanist, asserts and celebrates that people matter, aiming to champion the humanity of all children, women and men – and the natural universe in which we exist.

My art is subversive, using visual and literary metaphor to subvert dominant patriarchal and intolerant cultural practice, even if flying in the face of "popular" opinion. We create our own reality -- and the monsters that show up in it through abuse, abandonment and neglect.

There’s more to reality than what we experience simply through our immediate physical senses. My art is mystical art, describing through visual metaphor the indescribable, and making visible the invisible.

Art is my spiritual practice. (By "spiritual", I mean whatever journey one may be on to find wholeness and meaning in life. If you don’t like the word “spiritual”, that’s fine, and I can live with that. I hope you get the spirit of my practice.)

Comments are welcome.

Some of the work displayed here are available for sale at:

Prints, though I'm considering whether Patreon or Liberapay would be better options. Thoughts?

If you like what you see here, please give me a "Like" or "Follow" on:
Facebook,
Instagram,
Twitter, though I'm just figuring out why I should be on Twitter;

My 3D modeling, animations and videos--mostly old stuff, but some new, also:
Vimeo, I'll likely work on some time lapses this year;

..AND definitely check in at my website and blog, purchase the art originals and maybe even sign up for the outrageous newsletter:
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My shouts of gratitude 📣 extend to all of you, my friends from everywhere around the globe who have greeted me on my birthday. \

This is going to be a longish post, and perhaps abstract to some; so, please bear with me if you're so inclined. But as you're all creatives, my words may resonate with you more than most. 
 

I'm borrowing terms from the artist Pat B. Allen's works on the making of art as spiritual practice. For me art is a spiritual practice and a mission -- and soon will be my livelihood as well. But, first thing first, and more about the latter later.
 

The first element involved in creating art as spiritual practice is that of stating "intention" -- in which I ask of god, goddess, allah, great mother, wuji, eros, the multi-verse, creative source, creator, giver and all-that-is what it is to be communicated to me -- and through me -- by the image. 

I "engage" by putting pen, brush or stylus to the blank space and allow the image to manifest, listening all the while to what the image and my soul convey to each other, and to me.
 

And then, when the image says it's done, I'm done and I "celebrate".
 

At every phase of intention, engagement and celebration I bear "witness" and solicit witness from the tribe or community -- which, my friends, is you.

Today I celebrate, in which you are also celebrants and witnesses. I feel gratitude for the tumultuous life I've led in all its joy and sorrow that has brought this late bloomer to today’s point of power, from which I shape the future (and in some sense re-shape the past). I feel gratitude that especially the last fourteen years have been the best years of my life so far. I feel gratitude for the love and support -- and witnessing -- that come from friends at various levels of distance and nearness in time, space and awareness. I feel that in my life I co-create with the infinitely creative, infinitely expanding and infinitely joyful work of art that is all-that-is.
 

As I mentioned, celebration involves more than "happy". It's a time to revel in the exhilaration of doors opening ahead, and grieve the doors that close behind, to reflect and celebrate fellow travelers and companions, and mourn those lost. 
Today I celebrate, and reflect. I thank you for your presence to witness and to celebrate with me. 

Now, speaking of declaration of intention and the opening and closing of doors: last week I turned in a formal resignation from my day job. I'll still be on-the-job 'til year's end, mostly as a courtesy to a nice person who would bear the immediate brunt of the chaos ensuing from an immediate departure. An immediate departure always tempts; but after December 28, "I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more". 

This is by no means "retirement". I'm envisioning and already planning eleven-hour "work" days doing the real work for which I was called as a full-time independent artist and writer, which involves not only the making of art, but the publicizing and promoting of it such that it's a viable livelihood. 

The day job was able to give me some measure of financial stability these last six years, for which I'm grateful. But ninety-minute daily commutes are taking their toll on my health, creative time, fun and the mission. The mission? The same that artists have had from prehistory on -- to be the guardians and healers of the tribe.

Stepping out into outer space with an invisible net below of uncertain dimensions is gut-wrenching much of the time. The prospect of making art and writing full-time for the rest of my life is exhilarating beyond measure. 
Staying engaged to life and community is a creative work and spiritual practice in itself.

Thanks to all of you, all who have come before and those to come, for celebrating and witnessing with me.

Cheers and best regards to all,
Ed
  • Reading: "Waking Dreams", Mary Watkins
  • Watching: Indie Kindred

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OSCARQ Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have a wonderful birthday!
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emcorpus Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Oscar.
Ed
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OSCARQ Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome.
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Hocrea Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Artist
Good evening Ed, I wish you a happy birthday Piece Of Rainbow Layers Cake 50x50 icon Food Emoji-02 (Short Cake) Cake For Artists with candle 50x50 icon Rainbow Cream Cake with candles 50x50 icon Food Emoji-03 (Mini Cake) Macaron Cake with candles 50x50 icon Soda Cake with candles 50x50 icon Beach Cake with candles 50x50 icon  Bad Piggies SC Cake with candles 50x50 icon Rainbow Cake Tower 50x50 icon Orange Cake Type 2 2Dk with candles 50x50 icon Big Turd Cream Fruit Cake 50x50 icon Dark Chocolate Cake Type 3 with candles 50x50 icon Carrot Cake Slice Pixel Ugly Triple-decker Cake with candles 50x50 icon Strawberry Cream Cake with candles 50x50 icon Chestnut Cake Type 1 50x50 icon Cherry Cake with candles 50x50 icon Bad Piggies Double-decker Cake Type 2 50x50 icon Purple Yellow Cake with candles 50x50 icon Deep Autumn Cake with candles 50x50 icon Three Colours Cake with candles 50x50 icon Snowy Mountains Cake with candles 50x50 icon Rainbow Cream Wedding Cake 50x50 icon  
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emcorpus Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Crea, thank you for your wishes. Hug 
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jeremiahkauffman Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
Dear Ed, My husband and I wish you a most wonderful and beautiful Happy Birthday! I know that somebody in your family has baked you a HUMONGOUS birthday cake!
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emcorpus Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. K, and thank you for your greetings. I'm looking forward to being treated to Cafe Gratitude, where they have fabulous gluten and casein-free cakes. Black forest is my favorite. I'll not complain about tiramisu, either.
Ed
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Romy-Sunflower Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student
Dear Edward,
Happy birthday to you!  Enjoy life!

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emcorpus Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Hi, Romy. Thank you. Yes, let's enjoy life.
Ed
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Romy-Sunflower Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student
Hug 
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