Vonda Roloff

artist/designer/writer/visionary, The ARTS Support Network
Portland, OR, United States

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Areas of Expertise

Mentoring, Sustainability, Assemblage/sculpture, Environmental Art, Wonder, Coffee and Dark Chocolate, The Adventure of THE call

An idea worth spreading

That uniformity is DANGEROUS to creativity and living a life of authenticity. Our own unique experience and originality is part of the fabric of our destiny and purpose and creates a authentic experience with others.

I'm passionate about

KINDNESS. Destiny & Purpose. Mentoring artists. Reaching out, giving hope to orphans & homeless. Sustainability and stewardship. Fostering good relationships. Social justice and change. Living. LOVE

Talk to me about

quantum physics, greatest challenge in life, most interesting person you've known, communicating, art, something I don't know, mentoring, how you found TED, what Love taught you, risking & laughter

People don't know I'm good at

memorizing telephone numbers, strategic long-term planning, making great hot chocolate, being still, seeing the hidden story, writing poetry,

My TED story


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Vonda Roloff
Posted over 2 years ago
Nathalie Miebach: Art made of storms
Nathalie, Your work is really amazing. I am interested in knowing how you determine your color palette for the sculptures. What was your process for determining which color would be assigned to each particular weather element? Also, is the palette determinates always the same or does it vary? If it varies, why? Thanks for this work. Your passion for the weather and storms and your interpretation of these elements has really expanded my thinking of something that I never thought of before as beautiul and multi-dimensional. Keep up the great work!
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Vonda Roloff
Posted almost 3 years ago
Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists
As an artist, I was really intrigued with this talk and his ideas. I have heard many people say that they suffer from creative block but have never understood that. To see this much diversity and imagination from one person fit within the self imposed guidelines of the biennial structure is really great. Just to focus your personal artistic voice within a bio or artist statement is a challenge for many artists. I would love to personally meet Shea and have a dialogue about this project. How many years did you work on this? How did you fund it? Was it all kept secret during the process? And lots of other questions. I went to your website and was fascinated by the secret art. You must have an amazing and joyful family of origin who live with a sense of wonder because I see it in their involvement and also in you. Thank you for taking the time to do this stimulating project. It challenges me.
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Vonda Roloff
Posted almost 3 years ago
Aaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves ... with crowd-sourced data
Thanks for all of this amazing artistic work. The amount of work involved in collecting the data to reveal the final work is really hard to comprehend. I think many times that we don't really see how our personal life intersects so many areas. The flight patterns as well as sms messages were like a symphony of light. I would love to see music added to this. I appreciate the "nerds" as he calls himself who work to make the technology possible and for those who have never thought of themselves as creative, may give them a new mindset.