Seeking Sovereignty is a project to help established artists find sovereignty through the NFT ecosystem and embrace the beautiful freedom of a life supported by their art. A life free from exploitation by the patriarchal capitalistic system that forces many artists to commoditize their passions in order to survive.
I’ve been an artist for decades. But rarely in those decades have I possessed the opportunity to simply just be an artist. In order to make a living with my camera, I had to be many things that I was not good at nor particularly inclined to be, I just had to survive. I was an entrepreneur, a commercial photographer, a TV producer, a website builder, a digital marketer, and so much more. In all of those roles, I also had to be my own marketer, accountant, bookkeeper, a dev and on and on. All elements necessary to place my art in the commercial space in order to put food on the table doing something I loved. I was never able to just create art.
I’m grateful for my dark and twisty path to my present because in the absence of it, I wouldn’t be helping to lead artists into this new web3 ecosystem. But seeing that so many NFT artists, particularly young ones, will now be able to avoid the entire commoditization of their art for survival brings me great joy. This massive shift in the landscape for professional artists is a driving force behind my community building work in the web3 ecosystem. It is also the reason I am so actively working to make a name for my art in the NFT photography ecosystem.
I believe we need to expand our conversations beyond art. I believe we need to all support one another as we seek to define and achieve our individual sovereignty through the web3 ecosystem.
So, I’m launching an experiment called Seeking Sovereignty. For now, this is a way for me to embrace my own definitions of autonomy so that I can fully step away from the detrimental and destructive forces of our patriarchal capitalistic economy. My sovereignty looks something like this:
- Step One: Housing Autonomy
- Step Two: Financial Sovereignty
- Step Three: Food Sovereignty
- Step Four: Sovereignty from State
To begin this experiment, I’m launching a series of NFTs on OpenSea and several minted essays on Mirror to help achieve housing autonomy. I am seeking something very simple…a tiny house that is mobile to live within while I pursue my academic path.
Seeking Sovereignty’s first collection will be images from my travels as a nomad around America for the past 3+ decades. The collection is attached to a treasury wallet on MetaMask. Once I reach $65K DAI to create a completely off-grid and totally autonomous home, I will then roll the remaining proceeds into forming a Seeking Sovereignty DAO. All NFT collectors will also receive a Seeking Sovereignty collectors token to participate in the community project.
Once the treasury reaches $50K DAI, I will select two established artists looking to enter the web3 space to pursue sovereignty through art creation. Once that first cohort of Seekers is complete, I’ll explore converting the community into a DAO for any and everyone seeking to find their own sovereignty using the treasury wallet to fund the community and the next round of Seekers.
Again, this is just an experiment at this phase. But I believe it is one worth undertaking for a multitude of reasons. I engage with artists on a daily basis who are struggling to understand where they fit in the web3 world and are also fighting to navigate the toxic and failing economic system we are stuck within. I see Seeking Sovereignty as a vehicle to help educate artists on deploying emerging technology to power their art and finally receive the financial independence from the beauty the create for us all. I believe the time has arrived for the warrior artists of our time to rise up and declare their sovereignty and create the new myths and inspirational art we will all embrace to help us navigate the current social and climate upheavals destroying the world we all share.