Art by Robin Basalaev-Binder

Art by Robin Basalaev-Binder

These works, untitled as of yet, are a collection of ink and watercolor paintings, exploring what art can do and mean in a time when connection to our surroundings can be difficult to grasp. As a full-time researcher in urban planning, my head is constantly immersed in the technocratic and often ugly practices of cities. My inspiration comes from the need I see in others (and myself) for some reprieve from that world.

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Interview with Abigail Pearson (Founder of Cauldron Anthology & Author of Maybe (Not) Her)

Interview with Abigail Pearson (Founder of Cauldron Anthology & Author of Maybe (Not) Her)

Maybe (Not) Her is a collection of 126 poems written over the last four years of my life. It began when I came out as bisexual and wanted to write love poems for my various crushes. From there it matured into a collection of poems by and for anyone who falls under the queer non-monogamous label. There are so many poetry collections written by straight males and I wanted something that was written for someone like me. I intend to self-publish this book on October 30th.

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Guest Post: Sally Deskins On Body Prints, Feminism & Underrepresented Artists

Guest Post: Sally Deskins On Body Prints, Feminism & Underrepresented Artists

The multi-cycles presented me with a reflective new series of work to honor these artists, while also recognizing the cycle of erasure, all the while attempting to remember their contributions. So with my latest series, Mother Artists (Tributes), I created body prints evoking a camouflage color theme including leaf prints, which could reflect several people silenced or lost to history—in art and beyond. Onto the prints, I script quotes from feminist and women artists from past and present about their work, intent or gender issues. I script the quote several times over and over in attempt to remember their names and contributions, to paint over and/or erase it when I’m finished. What is left is an erased effect, with some of the words and their names legible, but not quite. Though the titles hold onto the artist names, most of the text is lost in the image, reminiscent of the cycle of erasure not only potentially for the artist, but for my attempt to recognize them with my art.

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Interview With Christine Stoddard (Writer, Editor, Artist & Founder Of Quail Bell Magazine)

Interview With Christine Stoddard (Writer, Editor, Artist & Founder Of Quail Bell Magazine)

I founded Quail Bell as a place to explore the imaginative, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly. Soon after registering the domain name, I began uploading some of my work to the blog. It took about a year and a half before I decided to really involve other people with the project. I flew solo there for a while because I wanted to build the magazine’s foundation, but once I posted on Craigslist and Facebook to solicit submissions, people from all over the world immediately responded, saying they wanted to be a part of it. They connected with the themes and aesthetic. At first, I created a lot of work specifically for Quail Bell, collaborating with other writers and artists to produce photo and video shoots, illustrated stories, poetry series, and more. There’s still some of that and I’d actually like to return to that model, but for the past couple of years, the magazine has mainly published unsolicited submissions.

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