I first met Rani Goel at Kiosk Fest held by The Grand Newstand a few week ago. Her Re-Minders Zine series caught my eye almost immediately. Flipping through a few pages, I began to feel triggered (in a good way) as snippets of her personal voice paired with collaged images came through to me in a surreal and raw way.
There were some themes on Soul, self-healing, and self-love that really resonated with where I was and am now. These words are her truth. And pairing these words were meta-meditative images that painted her story. It was a trippy representation of vulnerability and self-awareness that beautifully depicted the human condition.
I gladly purchased two Re-Minder zines in full support for her craft.
We spoke briefly for 5 minutes about “life being one big journey” and it was one of those conversations where we used our eyes mostly to communicate. A week later, I’m having coffee with her at Lower Haight, ecstatic at the opportunity to speak more in depth about her art and creative harmonic flow. I was particularly curious about her reason to constantly create and the importance of speaking her truth.
To complement this interview, Rani has generously compiled snippets of 6 zines from the Re-Minder series. If you would like to see more, contact her at email@example.com.
August 1, 2016 @ The Grind (Lower Haight)
T: What are your 5 Core values?
- HUMOR – Humor is a powerfully disarming healing and communication tool
- BEAUTY – I’m wired seek, reveal, and share beauty in everything, everywhere.
- SINCERITY – Sincerity is a sign of courage in a world many of us perceive as dangerous.
- LOVE – Love is why we’re still here.
- HUMANITY – Being in physical form, having human senses is a gift and privilege
T: What is your mission?
R: To be in harmony with and inhabit this life with as much consciousness as possible. (Mind, body, soul, eternal spirit, animal consciousness). I feel like I have a soul contract to demonstrate and embody those things I value, which can be a challenge, given our socio-economic circumstances on this planet. It seems like right now, the best way I can carry out my mission is through my art and by being more courageous and inviting others to do so as well.
T: What are the things in the world that perplex you? And what inspires you to create art and broadcast your own interpretation of it?
R: I’m constantly in awe and in love with all of the beauty and beings on this planet. And I’m equally saddened, disappointed, and even horrified by the way humans treat one another and natural world around us. It’s like living in comedy and tragedy at the same time. The humor in my art attempts to acknowledge and bridge these extremes of my personal experience.
I'm inspired to share my art as a way of making sense of myself and the world. The creation of art is one of the healthiest channels of my energy and angst so I don't go completely crazy.
T: I love the messages behind your Re-Minder Zine 07, particularly the theme between brain versus heart, think versus feel. Can you tell me more about your message and your intention?
R: I want to know what’s going on in your mind and in your heart. My experience is that adults are very quick to show each how clever and achieving they are, and that is fine, but I want to really know others at a heart and soul level. So I sometimes awkwardly, but sincerely share some of my deepest truths and invite others to relate. I make these zines to connect to truth. My truth. Your truth. Universal truths.
I’m revealing the truth but I’m also seeking it. We reflect truth back and forth with each other.
Most of the themes in my zines lately have to do with duality, connection, integration. A lot of emphasis on the human body and psyche, and the masculine and feminine forces in the world and our selves.
T: Why is it so important for you to share your voice and art?
R: My art is a form of self-inquiry and discovery, and by sharing my work I’m intending to resonate with and inspire others to find and be their true selves. There are too many unnatural and oppressive rules of this so-called “matrix” that disempowers us from our potential and I know our Souls, with a capital “S” are bigger than that.
The art I create is the sharing of my truth and it helps remind myself and hopefully others, that we’re more than consumers and money-makers with these overlays of class, gender, race, age, and physical features that “the powers that be” dictate. I want to liberate my Soul and support others who are interested in being free of this “matrix.”
Beautiful. Thank you Rani for showcasing your vulnerability! It truly is so encouraging to meet an individual who can share their insights in an open and honest way. Humanity can be seen as both simple and complex in so many levels. Our constant curiosity to penetrate what's under the surface can influence so many people among different mediums so long as we have the heart and mind-space to be heard and be seen.
How can we aspire to be our authentic selves, being complete with who we are while inspiring others to do the same?
As mentioned in Reminder Zine 04, I will end on this quote
Visit Rani Goel's website here.
Rani enjoys experiencing life through multiple perspectives and conveying those views through photography, zines, collage, and writing. Using recycled and repurposed materials, she creates assemblage art. Her work is inspired by the soulful truth that comes through nature, music, and human evolution.
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