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Ava ุงูˆุง๐ŸŒป๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŒžโœจ  Artist. Mac and cheese lover. California native living in Chicago.


Found my college sketchbook and it's filled with angsty #radiohead quotes and mediocre attempts at figure/portrait drawing. I've been listening to this song on repeat. I guess it's just one of those days.... #nude

25 sitting on 25 mil. Here's to a quarter of a century. #wayupifeelblessed #cremeandsugar ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿญ๐ŸŽˆ

"An artists duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times."
"I'll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear."
Happy birthday to my fellow Pisces and artist activist #ninasimone
Really needing the healing power of music right now. And thankful for women with souls like Nina.

Happy Black history month. #queen

This is one of my favorite photographs. Circa summer of 2008 I believe? During my second trip to Iran. This was taken as we took a pit stop during our road trip driving from the city to the sea. I am really grateful to have been able to travel as much as I have. And this trip in particular is especially important as it was when I first began developing a love for photography. I got to eat, see, experience, and share so many different parts of my culture with both my distant and close relatives. I think everyone should be able to have this experience once in their lifetime.
This week has been real shitty not going to lie. But just yesterday my mom expressed to me how awesome it was to see so many Americans come together to fight for people like her. It's been a nice comfort knowing that folks are showing up in support and solidarity.
Now America is not only a country made up of immigrants. Let's try not to erase the history of indigenous people and African slaves as well distinguish between settlers and immigrants. Settlers who were escaping religious persecution and seeking freedom may I add. But yes, it is filled with immigrants. Sorry not sorry that makes some people uncomfortable.
So continue to resist and reflect. Hug your loved ones if you can. Anyways just wanted to share this throwback of me chilling in the Middle Eastern desert ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ #proudpersian #nobannowall

These last few days I directed so much of my energy and focus towards our political climate that I was almost distracted by struggles I'm facing in my personal life. I came to realization that while this situation is fucked up on so many levels, I am still here. Regardless of who is president I am still here. And I will continue to be here. But today was also a good reminder that we are not alone. Folks all over this earth came together this morning and last night to reiterate the notion that this is NOT okay. That this is not acceptable and will not be normalized. That pussy grabs back. That when they go low we go high. We resist. We vocalize, mobilize and organize.
I saw a sign at the march today that said "This is not a moment. It is a movement." Continue to resist. Continue to focus on aspects of your life and community you can control. Continue to love radically. Continue to speak loudly.
America is Black, it is queer, it is migrant, it is trans, it is Muslim, it is female. We are here and will continue to be here. Deal with it. #insolidarity #fightlikeagirl #womensmarchla ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ

I just want to live in a cute Venice beach bungalow with a hammock and Christmas lights year round. Is that too much to ask? #venicebeach #la

Happy 70th birthday Queen. Sure thankful you were born and continue to bless our world with your presence and poetry. <3 #pattismith

I know everyone is posting about Carrie Fisher and to be honest I am not as well versed in Star Wars as some people are. (I would however have vhs marathons of the films with my best friend when we were younger). But like Princess Leia, Fisher was a bad ass. Throughout her career she fought against sexism and ageism and was refreshingly unapologetic about both her mental illness and addiction. And that's what really resonated with me. Death is natural but that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be painful. Wishing everyone lots of love <3

Merry Christmas from me and my little <333 #babyshaya

Orange County at its best....
Hope every one is having a safe and love filled day.

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