Photo credit: Steven Cotton Photography

Photo credit: Steven Cotton Photography

My name is A'Driane Nieves, otherwise known as addyeB. 

In my past life I wanted to serve in the Peace Corps after high school, but instead found myself serving in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces troop. In this life, I'm a writer, artist, activist, and speaker with a heart for serving others and social good. I'm a mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder, and a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety. I'm a mother of three who help me keep my wits about me. I'm married to my best friend, a neuroscience aficionado and futurist looking forward to The Singularity becoming mainstream. I live for sharing my thoughts, heart, and stories through my work, be it on a canvas or written word. I also live for seeing and loving those in the margins because that is where I've always existed. 

Superpowers include knowing every Prince song not sitting in his vault, transparency, making the best faces while throwing down in my living room, and art-ing my ass off. I can make the most complacent want to rise up and I wholeheartedly believe in the beauty of the chaotic and broken. 

Credit: Steven Cotton Photography, San Jose CA

Credit: Steven Cotton Photography, San Jose CA

I'm a dreamer with hopes of changing the world through my love of activism. I hope to empower women to transform brokenness in their lives into power and beauty, and amplify the voices and experiences of those marked as Other in society. 

As an artist, my mission is to disrupt your definition of normal. Recognize the richness of the colors around you. Create art that not just evokes emotion, but sparks dialogue and self-reflection. My art is a means of protest, but it's also survival and expression, exploration and discovery. 

As a writer, I've been honored as a BlogHer Voice of the Year and invited to speak at several writers conferences including BlogHer and Mom 2.0. From 2013-2015, I was a contributing editor to Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog on maternal mental health. In May 2015, I had the pleasure of taking the stage with other phenomenal storytellers as part of the Austin ensemble of Listen to Your Mother. In 2015, I received an IRIS award nomination for Most Thought-Provoking Content; in addition, in 2016, I received two IRIS award nominations in the categories of both Influencer of the Year and Most Thought-Provoking Content. As a visual artist, I was invited to participate in an exhibition & Q&A on social justice at Wild Goose Festival in the summer of 2015 with NYT bestselling author and painter Frank Schaeffer. My work has been featured on BlogHer, Everyday Feminism, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, and Mashable

I proudly rep' 1982 in all its synthesized glory. I'm addicted to telling stories and sharing my creative process over on Instagram I enjoy driving with the windows down and singing along to Glen Hansard with my full voice. After being forced to live a muted existence as a child, I now live my life out loud, refusing to be silenced or throttled. 

Every butterfly has a story about their metamorphosis and emergence back out into the world. This is the space where I tell mine. Welcome. 

 

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” Frederick Buechner