Known mostly for her unique brand of mixed media on canvas, Odeta Xheka is an artist, writer, poet, and debuting picture book creator.
In recent years, alongside focusing on raising her family, Xheka has worked on art projects that aim to decipher the various ways that a lived reality and an emotional truth can be represented, especially as it pertains to womanhood.
Her fine art photographs and mixed-media canvases are included in several collections. Currently, Xheka is working on a private commission and preparing work for future shows.
Her debuting picture book Here Comes Ingo is IndieReader Approved and Creative Child Magazine's Book of the Year.
Her creative nonfiction can be found at Mutha Magazine, Literary Mama, The Today Show Parenting, and Her View From Home among other online publications.
* Note to Self
Making art can feel like an act of exposure. Don't allow yourself to be restraint by conventional expectations. But also remember that just because it is your own story, that doesn't entitle you to an audience. You have to earn that.
PLASTERED is a single edition composite photography series seeped in bejeweled tones capturing women's lives as they find themselves plastered against the literal and metaphorical wall.
To simply acknowledging a problem doesn't necessarily begin to fix it; it is possible to be both broader in one's perspective and still complicit in its lack of resolution. To this end, the deliberately statuesque nature of the women jumping from one photograph to the next speaks to their right to preserve an authentic sense of their lives and the unwillingness to diminish themselves in order to fit into the strict confines of society's definition of a woman as a voiceless, innocent, fragile, traditional and non-threatening presence.
- Visual Influences
John William Godward
LABELS OFF is a project of self-narrativization that builds emotional truth through a series of carefully constructed collages which are later photographed and digitally manipulated to serve as the colorful thread that connects all nuances of a woman's sense of self.
If life is the greatest form of art, it is natural to think of a woman's body as her most active and activating canvas - her body as a means of creation. What happens when all labels are torn off? When all skin's shed? When all blood's bled? How to confine one's essence within the arbitrary layers of social expectations & obligations? Let's start by taking away what's outwardly visible and see what else comes into focus given how the tale of womanhood has continually been edited into a reductive and ultimately self-sacrificial one.
- Visual Influences
REMAKE/R begins with a kernel - an image turned into a feeling which, in turn, remains permanently frozen into a single moment of rejoicing. Here is the artist operating in her own space and time, expressing herself to herself alone.
Inspired by Hans Arp, one of the most versatile minds of the 20th century, Joan Miro's adaptation of biomorphic forms, and Henry Matisse's approach to collage as a painting, this series of photographed collages explores the potential for unique compositional relationships that result from the unfussy yet harmonious arrangement of organic forms and non-representational elements.
- Visual Influences
Hans Peter Wilhelm Arp (Jean Arp)
RAIN ON SKIN tries to dip the viewer into a sort of dreamlike reality. The rain seems to fall on everyone, creating evocative images where every element – the street, the sky, the inanimate characters, the viewer – is involved in a romantic and, at the same time, melancholic feeling.
“The rain washes memories off the sidewalk of life”, Woody Allen said in an old movie. This series tries to do the same. It portrays everyday rainy life as a means of escape into a dreamlike world away from the greyness and darkness of the skies that are a reminder of human isolation.
- Visual Influences
John Henry Twachtman
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Books by Author Odeta Xheka
Best children's picture books of 2019: Here Comes Ingo is here!
Here Comes Ingo, one of the best children’s picture books of 2019, is a great example of the benefits of art in early childhood development. Here Comes Ingo is IndieReader Approved, is recognized by The National Parenting Center (Seal of Approval), is the winner of Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year (picture book category), and recipient of the Mom's Choice Gold Award.
This unique picture book encourages children to switch seats with the illustrator via painting, coloring, and drawing directly ON the page in order to tap into their creativity and let their imaginations soar. The book presents the multi-layered tale of Ingo, a scarlet macaw who drifts off to sleep while sitting on her eggs and dreams of flying into the lush tropical rainforest she calls home. While the storyline is intentionally loose, each illustration inspires a tale of its own, with the recurring opportunity to spot Ingo on each page amidst minute details unexpectedly colored in a Disney-like palette.
Learn how you can create quality time with your children through open-ended creative experiences and see for yourself why Here Comes Ingo is one of the best children’s picture books of 2019.
Creative Non Fiction: Selfhood, Motherhood, The Creative Impulse
Language is power and protest, inclusion and exclusion. It communicates our deepest selves back to us, as if words were a shroud that give form to our inner world. Through language, we're allowed to bend time, jump forwads and backwards, circle back to our thoughts and memoreis picking and choosing the most meaningful to us.
Within a culture that likes things to be simple and pigeonholed, through my writing, I like to engage in complex conversations about the structure and meaning of emotional truth, while making sure to keep a firm eye on the very thin line that divides the sincerity of expression from sheer banality.
Blog: Have Child, Need Art
Beyond arts & crafts: visual literacy and the benefits of open-ended creativity
Generally speaking, art is a way to encourage the process of thinking in an innovative way and art-related activities have been proven to boost a child’s self-image by instilling a sense of pride in the self-directed project. The purpose of this blog is to encourage visual literacy and show how the joys and benefits of children's creativity go beyond mere arts&crafts:
- growth mindset
- help enrich the learning experience
- help retain information in the long run.
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