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Heartland Ep. 10: Artists Ari Honarvar & Amanda Grieve

courtesy / Rachel Otwell
Ari Honarvar (L) / Amanda Grieve

On this episode we get to know Ari Honarvar, an Iranian-American, artist, activist and more. We also visit with visual artist Amanda Grieve at her Edinburg farmhouse, in rural Sangamon County.

Honarvar recently wrote a piece called I’m A Refugee From A Banned Country— This Is My American Story, which she tells us about - you can read it here. She also was part of this conversation: ?Two Women on Opposite Sides of a War, Meet for the First TimeHonarvar is an artist in a variety of mediums, check out her Rumi with a View project, which is, "Building bridges through the enchanted medium of poetry." She's also part of Musical Ambassadors of Peace, and she has a forthcoming oracle deck.

Amanda Grieve is an acclaimed visual artist from the central Illinois area. Her work explores shared themes of domesticity and takes on a sort of "subversive feminism." Words don't do it justice though, the meeting of hyper-realism with her sense of symbolism combine to create works that are otherworldly, peruse for yourself, here. Grieve tells us about her personal spiritual path, and how creating art brings her a sense of connection with "the divine."

Grieve will be showing her work at an art/music show at the Radon Lounge in Springfield on Sunday March 5th, check out the details, here.

Music in this piece comes from TonyColantino & here.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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