Articles you can read about us and Hanni B. from local and national magazines and books. Most of these articles are about our accomplishments in the art industry written by others, and one is written by Hanni B. and published by the Healing our World magazine.
This article was written for the Healing Our World magazine:
Truth is often described as something in accord with a particular reality, or being in accord with the body of fidelity to an original or to a standard. But when people’s standards differ, what is really the truth?
This question has puzzled me since I learned to think. I remember, when I was a little girl, everything was about exploring the truth of life.
From the very start, we are taught by parents, teachers, elders and priests to always speak the truth. But I quickly learned that even though they said truth is a good thing, there was hardly anyone who really followed this rule. And when people did follow it, they were often faced with unexpected and unpleasant results.
Like me, I’m sure you can remember telling someone the truth about something, thinking your input would be appreciated, but instead they became upset with you. Like most people in today’s world, I have learned to hide or distort the truth or to simply keep it to myself.
My life became filled with suffering, pain and depression. I felt angry inside and, hoping to escape from it all, I often engaged in self-destructive behavior, which led to only deeper negative patterns.
Often feeling weak and hopeless, I realized that I needed to change my lifestyle in order to become fully happy, healthy and independent. I decided to start with bringing more truth into my life again. But this time I was determined to discover the “real” truth, and make a lifelong habit of sharing it with others.
Ask and you shall receive…
I began to realize that thoughts really do create our reality, an idea expressed by the Universal Law of Attraction. Suddenly I experienced signs, proving this law to be very real. The more I focused on truth, love and light, the more I started to attract it into my life—like a magnet.
One day I found myself at a spiritual development center that I had visited with hopes of finding more truth. I picked up a magazine there called Healing our World from the Hippocrates Health Institute. I was intrigued by their raw, living food philosophy because I had recently learned that eating meat was unhealthy for my digestive system. That same week, I responded to a job advertisement not knowing the company’s name, and to my surprise, my interview happened to be at Hippocrates.
As soon as I started working at the institute, I began converting my lifestyle according to their teachings and immediately started experiencing amazing changes in my life. Within just a few days of eating raw vegan food, I had more energy. I also started feeling happier, more peaceful and all signs of my depression began to melt away.
I couldn’t be more grateful to be part of their team. In addition to being inspired by the friendly staff, I’m learning something great and wonderful each day from the new friends I meet at Hippocrates. I also feel that just being on the property surrounded by nature and positive energy helps me awaken spiritually, ultimately bringing me closer to understanding the greatest truth—that all is one, and all is love.
MOLI hails the winners of our “Starving Artist” contest
When I first heard of the record label Fueled By Ramen, it inspired a knowing chuckle. Most normal people have their brush with Ramen noodles in college. Cheap, easy to prepare, and surprisingly tasty, they are the “transition food” for people (i.e. students) who are broke as hell or haven’t learned how to cook for themselves yet.
But, for us creative types who seek to earn a living from our art or music, Ramen becomes a way of life. You learn a hundred ways to dress that unassuming little brick of starch up until it vaguely resembles a meal. Do it long enough, and you generally lose the desire for anything else. Why waste money on food when you could be spending it on beer and turpentine?
Two people who won’t have to make those difficult decisions anymore (at least for a month or so) are MOLI members R.S. Cole and Hanni B., winners of MOLI’s Starving Artist contest.
Reigning supreme over a field of nearly 80 contenders, Cole (a stop-motion animator from Floral Park, New York) and Hanni B. (real name Hanni Brzobohaty – a multi-media portrait artist who bumps between Boca Raton and Lake Worth, Florida) were both thrilled to have MOLI picking up the tab for a month. When asked why they qualified as “starving artists,” both had pretty legit responses.
“Well, the fact that I’m 5’9″ and weigh 110 pounds certainly puts me in that category,” Hanni, 26, laughs. A native of the Czech Republic, she once took a job riding a mechanical bull at a bar to pay the rent. “It was definitely crazy – and painful,” she says, “but very fun!” For Cole, 42, who is married with an 11-year-old son, the extra MOLI bucks will enable him to “get some new equipment that I desperately need” and “keep the lights on, and the roof over my head.”
Both artists have very strong feelings about what it means to stay committed to your creative vision. Cole, who was inspired to join the ranks of film animators and set designers after seeing Star Wars as a kid, worked professionally in the field for years before paring his commitments down to specialty work and fatherhood. He is currently putting the finishing touches on the short film In the Fall of Gravity, a stop-motion fantasy gem.
“People ask me about how tedious and time consuming stop-motion animation can be, wondering how I can have so much patience,” he says. “The reality is that it’s the most calming and interesting thing I do in this world! I need patience for the times that I am not animating.” Cole knew from his humble beginnings with a Super 8 camera what his destiny would become. “My path in life was chosen,” he says, “and I never looked back.”
Hanni B.’s enchanting, provocative portraits (which she creates under the moniker of Sublime 360) run the gamut from body painting to computer-aided manipulation. Her subjects, usually voluptuous female nudes, come to her randomly.
“I find models everywhere,” she says, “on the streets, in the mall, cocktail parties, bars, different events, or modeling websites – I pretty much talk to anyone that catches my eye.” And how does she talk them out of their clothes? “I use my Czech nationality as an excuse to speak about nudity freely,” says Hanni. “Most people in Europe aren’t ashamed to get naked and run around. It’s really no big deal over there, and most people here already know that — therefore they never get offended. I also believe that being a young woman helps a lot. If I were scary and looked like someone who just walked out of a state prison, they’d probably run away (laughs).”
She says that one of her goals for the future is to work with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. “That would be one sexy, steamy, beautiful piece of art!” she enthuses, “Sublime 360at its finest!” But she’s careful to point out that her ultimate goal, as an artist, is to reveal the “deeper character” of her subjects.
“I feel inspired by all the beauty around me, and by the human form. People are so much more than what they look like and what they wear.” Take a peek at Hanni B’s fascinating work on her MOLI profile.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the contest, as well as to our judges – and, naturally, a big CONGRATS! to R.S. Cole and Hanni B.
If you’re still a starving artist, here’s your Ramen tip of the day:
Break an egg into the Ramen while it’s still boiling, cook down the noodles until there’s just a half a cup of broth left, and then hit it with a healthy dollop of oyster sauce. Magnifique!
Wendy Case is the MOLI View’s contributing editor for Arts & Entertainment.
MOLI, a social media community where members have greater control over their privacy, announced today the winners of its first “Starving Artist” Art Contest. Out of more than 75 entries from a variety of disciplines – fine arts, digital art, music, writing and photography – two winners were chosen: a stop motion animated film created with clay and puppets, by R.S. Cole, who was awarded the Judges Choice award; and a geometric tiger design created as digital body painting by Hanni B, which received the People’s Choice award. The two “Starving Artist” winners will receive up to $2,000 to cover one month’s rent. They will receive additional exposure by having their artwork featured on MOLI’s home page, be the subjects of a written profile in the “MOLI View”, the MOLI site’s professional-content channel, and be featured on the site’s very popular video channel as “MOLI Rollers”.
MOLI also has created a Starving Artist community as a “spin off” of the contest, based on the high level of interest the contest generated.
Four artistic-minded judges reviewed the work: Rikki Rockett, American drummer best known for his work with the glam metal band, “Poison”; Kara Walker Tome, West Palm Beach, Fla. art curator; Chris Garver, known as one of the best tattoo artists in the world; and Carrie Schupper, GenArt’s associate director of Music. The contest was sponsored by “Apartment Guide” which delivers rental information to consumers via print, Internet and mobile devices.
“I was blown away,” said Rikki Rockett, “What I found was a super talented group of folks who have bright futures. I judged on the wow factor, technique and ingenuity. Great job by everyone.”
Judges Award Winner
In “The Fall Of Gravity” by R.S. Cole, a stop motion animated film, uses animated puppets and clay characters as well as 2-D animated EFX to create an experience in another land. The scene features a wizard and his traveling companion who together discuss the nature of life and the universe.
“After a long career that has had some exciting peaks and also some deep valleys, my career hasn’t panned out the way I wished it would have,” said R.S. Cole. “I took a big risk in deciding to make my film to try and turn things around. Winning this award has been a huge spirit lift with perfect timing.”
People’s Choice Award Winner
People’s Choice voters selected “Proud Tiger”, a customized digital body painting by Hanni B. (known as “Sublime360” on MOLI.com). This work is described as “tribal, classic and deep styles fused together” by a MOLI viewer. Hanni B., originally from the Czech Republic, creates digital art using body painting, strong colors and soothing geometric designs. “I like to show people’s personalities, deep feelings, secret fantasies and their true passions in my paintings. This painting represents the true strength that is hidden deep within every woman,” said Hanni B.
“We are proud that the “Starving Artist” Contest was so well received by visitors and the members of MOLI,” said Judy Balint, president and COO. “The two winners exemplify the spirit of the MOLI site and we will continue to invest in furthering our outreach and relationship with artists.”
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The Acknowledgments page of the final book for helping out, at the very start of it all, with the project book’s page layouts and chick designs. (available now on Amazon).
Publication Date: September 27, 2012
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