ABOUT VISUAL POETRY
Vibo worships wordsmithing and communicates through space and time with all poetic forms. Purchase her lecture series Wives, Witches, and Warriors from Virginia as part of a 2-Day Conference with nine feminist trailblazers invited to Rural Gothic 2: Women in Folk Horror (The Folklore Podcast, 2020).
My visual poetry creeps within the fringes where folk and gothic horror intersects and challenges science, religion, history, and cultural studies. I experiment beyond ancient warrior tropes to create multifaceted antiwar antiheroine lore. I'm interested in our grotesque stories like those told by George Orson Welles, William Blake, Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, Ray Bradbury, Aubrey Beardsley, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. I believe writers who identify as women should engage dialogues from as many perspectives as possible. I want my writing imbued with irony, humor, absurdity, and the macabre. I want to write and share visionary poetry like those shared by the late great storyteller David Bowie."
Edwin Starr's lyrics on war are a good tool for educating those ignorant about conflict. I used the lessons learned during war to teach our complex military and cultural history. For a time, I worked as a National Park Service Park Ranger at Petersburg National Battlefield. The Civil War wasn't civilized. My Guided Ranger Talks at the Eastern Front, City Point, Five Forks, and Poplar Grove National Cemetery showed the correlations between ancient warfighting and modern warfare. As experienced during our American Civil War, attrition is still being waged in the Anthropocene Era (by the powerful elite) with the full weight of the military industrial complex, propaganda, and book bans. As always, outliers to perceived traditional norms are fodder for scapegoating. Women are always a scapegoat. Before, during, and after our Civil War, exist traces of folkloric elements in all our war stories. My research into a witch bottle uncovered at an old Confederate site (later occupied by Union soldiers) is such an example. This story of Virginia's past is a tiny piece of the superstitions and worldviews which still permeate within our armed service branches. I want to create stories that shift the narrative from absolute patriotism to those that engage this dark lore. In my art, I want to dig into the ways conflict uncovers beliefs in the otherworldly. From what I've researched (and what I've personally experienced) no matter how much work a woman puts in for her country, she is oftentimes viewed as the witch. The archetype of the maiden, mother, crone is nothing new, however, some in academia discuss the addition of a Queen archetype. In my 2010 Capstone Project (see About) I discuss the Queen's role. There is much more to be [re]discovered through [re]search. The #1 Lesson: war wounds vs. war wombs and the origin of conflict. Why we make war a sport and how to [re]imagine worldviews. War isn't a game. It should only be utilized as a last resort to end tyranny. We need to [re]discuss ethics and we must hold those accountable when they commit war crimes or start wars for profit.
THE RISE IN VIOLENCE
I believe weapons of war do not belong in our communities. My stance is sometimes controversial because of my oath to the Consitution, but it is precisely because I was trained on an M249, that I understand the lethality of the weaponry. I've studied Constitutional Law. I encourage local, state, national, and global representatives to help build safe places to learn, work, and sustain peaceful ways of life. I ardently believe mass shooting events, assassination attempts, and an overall rise of violence indicates failures at all societal levels. Additionally, the increase in hate crimes and attacks on bodily autonomy show a shift in obscene rhetoric within governance. Ultimately, we must vote and elect representatives who keep a separation of church and state to stop fascism. We can shape the world we want by using art as a powerful tool for protest, dissent, teaching, and learning. If nothing else, writing helps us in ways we aren't even aware. Just write. Just vote. Just be kind."
REGARDING NEO GILEAD
We do not meet our challenges by banning and burning books. Squelching free speech isn't the answer. As an artist, I take on many projects for the love of art. When I am paid for speaking events, a portion is donated back into nonprofits. When my writing is published, it is generally with indie publishers and projects I care about. Many people in the education field will explain the importance of sharing work despite monetary obstacles. I support NPOs and VSOs (and some GSOs) interested in sharing authentic and uncensored voices. It is also important to create a sense of community, so I try my best to align my project with groups who do not promote hateful rhetoric (like the apologists of the fatwa against writer Salmar Rushdie). I believe art should challenge society to consider the dangers facing our world. We must have the courage to speak about intersectionality to work towards a more equitable future."
I draw inspiration from the following artists: Hilma af Klint, Remedios Varo, Niki De Saint Phalle, Frida Khalo, Mary Leonora Carrington, Bridget Bate Tichenor, Dorothea Tanning, Georgia O'Keefe, Yayoi Kusama. Irma Haselberger, Gertrude Abercrombie. Sylvia Fein, and Shona Heath, Joyce Mansour, Joyce Mansour, Marta Magdalena Abakanowicz-Kosmowska, Natalia Goncharova, Agnes Martin, Olga Vladimirovna Rozanova, Agnes Pelton, Madge Gill, Agatha Wojciechowsky, Emma Kunz, Valentine Penrose, Laurie Anderson, Lynne Sachs, Astra Papachristodoulou, Susie Campbell, Amanda Earl, Rose Knapp, Kate Siklosi, Vic Shirley, Sasha Akhtar, Monica Ong, Kimberly Campanello, Molly McGuire, Tanith Hicks, Jane Barnett, Vikki Yeats, Michele Lynch, A.V. Hughston, Mila Zemliakova, and Anna Malina (list ongoing)."
HERTORY AND EXTENDED BIO
VIBO'S CAPSTONE PROJECT
The attached SCRIB is Vibo's Capstone Project for partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Thomas Edison University (2010).
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