Shaqui Reed: Designer & Artist

Shaqui Reed’s work examines areas of imperfections expressed by irregularity, incompleteness, rawness, and simplicity. Her designs typically involve deconstructing, distressing, layering, and piecing together what is left behind. Her textile works speak of the color and texture of her fears. Her fears are represented through the roughness of the denim and the different shades of…

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(Issue 10) Art Feature: Cristina Loukopoulos

In this interview, rising painter and textile designer Cristina Loukopoulos tells Artistic Director Joana Meurkens about her journey of self discovery through her art; from reclaiming and redefining femininity to how her Queens roots infused with her Greek and Colombia heritage live through her paintings.  Interview by Joana Meurkens Photography by Joana Meurkens Styling by…

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Art by Ray

“All tools and mediums from graffiti to fine arts is used to build what are essentially are the expressions of a self taught, New Yorker Conflicted. I don’t know what kind of relationship other painters have with their work but for me at least, I create somewhere on the cusp of explosive frustration and the…

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Jessica Carvajal Artwork

Analog Artwork H2CO3 This piece illustrates the consequences of human activity on marine life and air quality, the graphic interpretation shows the reaction of the natural dissolution of daily CO2 emissions by the oceans which forms carbonic acid H2CO3 and thus increases the concentration of the hydrogen ion, which is responsible for the decrease in…

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Work by Lael Salaets

“The process of my colored pencil work involve shapes of value assembled into form and space. Subject matter of still life projects depict objects that have been worn, utilized, which may present a story for the viewer.“ Lael Salaets studied fine art and design at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, where he…

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Summer Fruit by Andrea Miranda

Lady with Little Watermelons La Cereza “A piece created for my mom from my recent memories of her by the pool eating handfuls of pitted cherries.” Andrea Miranda is an international student graduate from the illustration class of 2020 at Falmouth University. She focuses on utilizing marks and patterns to tell a story. Andrea constructs her composition…

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Tatianna Malee Artwork

“My name is Tatianna Malee, aka miss malee, and I am a queer POC artist living in my head. I am a multidisciplinary visual artist, utilizing painting, drawing, photography, writing, and installation to convey feeling, send a message, or simply hold space for me and my audience. With a vulnerable and open approach to my…

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“Reflections on the End of Graduate School” by Anna Nguyen

Intern Butter Intern Anna Nguyen is a child welfare social worker, child development researcher, and freelance artist from Orange, CA and is currently based in San Francisco, CA. Her art focuses on social justice issues, mental health, and feelings and experiences that had a large impact on her. She enjoys long walks, cooking, graphic novels, and…

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“Paleta is Choice as Possibility” an Interview with Artist Rebeca Flores by Monique Quintana

Now, more than ever, I am encouraged and inspired by interdisciplinary Latinx artists. The pandemic has brought organizers in art discourse communities to become creative with curating art. Utilizing virtual exhibits, we can see the possibilities for what art can do and how far it can reach.  Rebeca Flores is an artist from my hometown…

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Shelly Wong Magazine Collages

Born and raised in Queens, Shelly is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on film photography, watercolor, and magazine collages. During the pandemic, she started creating collages using vintage National Geographic magazines and due to the uncertainty of the world, collage making allows her to be in control and create her own little paradise. Shelly creates…

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