Floats & Falls Painting For Oz Arts Center Nashville

Nashville artist fine art print oil painting of featherFloats & Falls | 20×20, oil on canvas | Artist: K. Llamas


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Floats & Falls was a piece created by fine artist, Kristin Llamas for the EMBODIMENT Exhibition curated by Stephanie Pruitt & Oz Arts Center in Nashville. The original painting was inspired by Pruitt’s following poem:

Close Reading

Ask questions both obvious and obscure.

Grow to appreciate the shadow and shine,

how most simmered pots of good vs. evil are an

unseasoned soup.

Notice what is there and not. Notice patterns.

Notice what you notice.

Embrace the barreling grasp of fear that can propel,

and the freedom of a blank page that can paralyze.

Know that scissoring backwards from the


can’t pinky promise an aha, but proves you’ve


the floats and falls & …ever after,

remembering The End is an invitation to begin.

by Stephanie Pruitt


em·bod·i·ment: Poetry Through the Five Senses

curated by Stephanie Pruitt

/im-ˈbä-di-məәnt/ /əәmˈbädiməәnt/


1. a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling. 2. a fully infused representation. 3. an experience

of transmission or possession of particular traits made concrete. 4. incarnation.

em·bod·i·ment considers the generative nature of art; how one creative expression often leads to a web of


Literary and social practice artist, Stephanie Pruitt, collaborates with esteemed, Nashville innovators

to transform a 10,000 square foot space into a multi-sensory tour of the inside of a poem. Literature moves

from the two dimensional page and becomes an interactive experience for the audience to smell, hear, see,

touch, and taste. To curate em·bod·i·ment, Pruitt distributed a single, original poem to a chef, an

aromatherapist, an architect, musicians, and more than twenty different makers to interpret through their

respective disciplines. Wanting to explore synesthesia and the line between translation and transformation,

Oz Nashville and Stephanie Pruitt invite you to read a poem through your senses.


I’m just a girl… the Equal Rights Amendment was Never Ratified?

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20% of print sales from Un-Equivalent  are gifted to the Alice Paul Institute

Am I constitutionally a lesser human?

ALTHOUGH “my kind” physically grow the human race inside our bodies, we (in America) constitutionally have less rights than the sons we give birth to. As with any unsettling news, I handle this realization in my own (self-prescribed) 3 stages of grief… first = shock, second = anger, third = action.

1. Shock: How did I not know this until now?

I know we fight for equal pay and equal say and equal education, but how did I NOT know that the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified? Blame it on public education (just kidding…I went to a great public school) or my own complete naivety (not kidding, I still look for gold at the end of rainbows), but I am seriously ashamed that at 34 years old, I just learned last night that every mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, sister…is constitutionally less equal than their male counterpart.

2. Anger: Are you flipping kidding me?

How is this still a thing? (That is a rhetorical question since I now know)

In short, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passed the Senate and the House, and on March 22, 1972, was sent to the states for ratification. BUT only 35 out of the 38 states needed ratified it before the 7yr deadline…therefore it was never adapted into the constitution. 

The first instinct is to be upset with all men…but here’s the truth, a lot of the anti-ERA was headed up by conservative women opponents such as Phyllis Schlafly – afraid that…. “the ERA would deny woman’s right to be supported by her husband, privacy rights would be overturned, women would be sent into combat, and abortion rights and homosexual marriages would be upheld.”

Can we just stop and digest this all for a moment? First – every one of those “fears”  are idiotic, second – they have all happened, YET women still do not have constitutional equality! Pay attention!!

I grew three little girls in my stomach who are living in a country where they are not equally protected as men under their own constitution…

despite any fault of their own…

3. My Response: An “ERA Sales Tax”

I propose an “ERA sales tax” to be initiated by all female run organizations. Not a tax on men, because they aren’t all bad…in fact, it was a man who brought this to my attention!

But to the 15 states that did not ratify the Equal Rights Amendment:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia
  6. Illinois
  7. Louisiana
  8. Mississippi
  9. Missouri
  10. Nevada – Nevada gets a pass because they ratified the ERA in 2017 (albeit 35 yrs late)
  11. North Carolina
  12. Oklahoma
  13. South Carolina
  14. Utah
  15. Virginia

To these 14 states, your 20% “tax” will be donated to the Alice Paul Institute to provide women with

Education. Empowerment. Equality.

(Consider this a mandatory donation to a responsible cause – until your state changes its ways! So call your representatives!)

Even though “I’m just a girl,” thank you so much for letting me have a visual voice and supporting my work… 

For some more info on the ERA, check out the FAQ’s