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Q+Art

Arts editor Morgan Laurens interviews artists from around the world.

Photographer Erin Naifeh Walks Into the Dark Night of the Soul [Interview]

“My shoes are somehow always untied,” confesses Erin Naifeh, who often appears sloshing through their photographic works in a pair of oversized combat boots. Shot in stark black and white, Naifeh’s autobiographical photos cast the ...

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Photographer Erin Naifeh Walks Into the Dark Night of the Soul [Interview]

Surf, Sun, and Sustainability: Laihha Organna’s Island Illustrations ‘Spread Stoke to All’

“How can I make this as weird as possible?” It’s a question Maui-based illustrator Laihha Organna always asks before beginning one of her sun-kissed designs. “My artwork is inspired by surfing, women, and all things ...

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Surf, Sun, and Sustainability: Laihha Organna’s Island Illustrations ‘Spread Stoke to All’

‘Art Should be Freeing’: Ozlem Thompson’s Botanical Paintings are Infused With Joy [Interview]

“I come from a multicultural city,” says painter Ozlem Thompson, who spent her childhood wandering the cobbled lanes and domed mosques of Istanbul. Straddling Europe and Asia, the populous Turkish hub played a central role ...

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‘Art Should be Freeing’: Ozlem Thompson’s Botanical Paintings are Infused With Joy [Interview]

Department M Parodies the Classic Comic Strip [Interview]

Inspired by the classic comic strip, Daniel Marin creates pop art-inspired compositions that parody tropes in Western media. Working under the pseudonym Department M, Marin combines a melange of styles and mediums to produce his ...

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Department M Parodies the Classic Comic Strip [Interview]

‘Now Longer Lasting’: Casey Newberg Manufactures Pills and Pins That Promise to Cure Your Pain [Interview]

Casey Newberg’s wearable art is the strawberry sucker after the shot—it’s satisfying and it’s sweet, but really, it’s there to distract you from the pain. Metalsmith and jewelry designer Newberg’s lewd “vending machine” items include ...

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‘Now Longer Lasting’: Casey Newberg Manufactures Pills and Pins That Promise to Cure Your Pain [Interview]

Sublime Fashion Photography From Andrew Jordan and His Muse, Designer Irina Jordan [Interview]

“If you want to rise up, to hear your own voice of greatness, go to the heights,” writes photographer Andrew Jordan, and that is exactly what he does to capture the perfect shot. To create ...

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Sublime Fashion Photography From Andrew Jordan and His Muse, Designer Irina Jordan [Interview]

Andrew Au Serves Up a Double Dose of Scares and Social Commentary [Interview]

Like your favorite horror movie, Andrew Au’s work pulls double duty, serving up scares that also illuminate deep-seated cultural anxieties. Working with a variety of digital and analog printmaking techniques, the Cincinnati-based artist illustrates a ...

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Andrew Au Serves Up a Double Dose of Scares and Social Commentary [Interview]

Plein-Air Painter Kimberly Trowbridge Captures the Natural World’s Breathtaking Display [Interview]

Kimberly Trowbridge wants you to observe your world through an inquisitive lens and give in to the visceral act of perception—when you’re looking at her art and when you’re folding your laundry. Trowbridge, a Seattle-based ...

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Plein-Air Painter Kimberly Trowbridge Captures the Natural World’s Breathtaking Display [Interview]

Lorena Molina Casts a Critical Eye on the Turbulent History of El Salvador’s Coffee Industry [Interview]

Salvadoran-American artist and educator Lorena Molina is asking you to make a cup of coffee, watch a video, and then meditate while surrounded by plants. Who would say no to that? What comes next may ...

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Lorena Molina Casts a Critical Eye on the Turbulent History of El Salvador’s Coffee Industry [Interview]

Samantha Giesige’s Botanical Paintings Luxuriate in the Psychological Effects of Color [Interview]

Any art student worth their salt would recognize Samantha Giesige as a master manipulator. Her botanically inspired latex paintings luxuriate in the psychological effects of color, playing with temperature, harmony, and context just for the ...

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Samantha Giesige’s Botanical Paintings Luxuriate in the Psychological Effects of Color [Interview]

Mixed Media Artist Jamilla Okubo Creates New Mythologies for the African Diaspora [Interview]

Bathing her subjects in vibrant color and mesmerizing patterns, Jamilla Okubo forces her viewers to reckon with the women staring back at them. With Kenyan and Trinidadian ancestries, the Washington, DC, artist works to create ...

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Mixed Media Artist Jamilla Okubo Creates New Mythologies for the African Diaspora [Interview]

Memory of Flowers: Elham Bayati Celebrates the Power of Persian Women [Interview]

Mixed-media artist Elham Bayati is known for her meticulously layered masterpieces. Born in Tehran, Bayati is inspired by the traditional Persian textiles she remembers from childhood: floral scarves and dresses, worn and hand crafted by ...

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Memory of Flowers: Elham Bayati Celebrates the Power of Persian Women [Interview]

Garbage Bombing the Streets of LA with Pop Artist Jules Muck

Most people would look right past a heap of abandoned garbage by the side of the road. Pop artist Jules Muck sees things a little differently. Her garbage bombing series explores the ugly reality of ...

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Garbage Bombing the Streets of LA with Pop Artist Jules Muck

Muralist Amandalynn Saturates San Francisco in Lush Botanicals [Interview]

“Paint more,” advises Amandalynn, whose vibrant murals brighten the streets of San Francisco. Though her work appears in cities around the world, the NorCal-based artist is especially fond of the place she calls home, where ...

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Muralist Amandalynn Saturates San Francisco in Lush Botanicals [Interview]

Olena Kayinska’s Dream-Like Paintings are Inspired by Fairy Tales and Folklore [Interview]

“I don't know where he gets those images; he must have an angel in his head,” said Picasso of his friend, the artist Marc Chagall. Suffused with flying horses and levitating lovers, Chagall’s dream-like illustrations ...

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Olena Kayinska’s Dream-Like Paintings are Inspired by Fairy Tales and Folklore [Interview]
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