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Q+Art

Arts editor Morgan Laurens interviews artists from around the world.

Q+Art: Photographer Morrigan Rawson Brings Cyberpunk Hallucinations into the New Millennium

In the words of science-fiction writer William Gibson, cyberspace is a “consensual hallucination.” Morrigan Rawson’s dark and dreamy self-portraits invite us to indulge the illusion. Working with experimental digital media, the London-based photographer brings classic ...

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Q+Art: Francesco Gattuso Explores Vulnerability with Candy-Colored Digital Paintings

Francesco Gattuso often surrounds himself with flowers. The Long Island-based artist crafts semi-autobiographical works that normalize male vulnerability with soft colors, flowers, and unicorns. With his candy-colored digital paintings, the multiracial Gattuso questions what it ...

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Q+Art: Painter Helen Allois Mines Art History to Create an Alternate Universe

Like a funhouse mirror, Helen Allois’ work distorts what feels comforting and familiar. The German-born artist paints refined yet whimsical scenes where anthropomorphic creatures stare back at viewers with bemused expressions. Now living and working ...

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Q+Art: Maximilian Paints Shocking Allegories That Shine Light on Power Structures

Disclaimer: Images featured in this article are sexual and explicit in nature. Paris-based artist Maximilian is no stranger to prickly subjects. Despite his conventional art school background, the Italian painter’s work is anything but your ...

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Q+Art: Photographer Brenda Maria Fernandez Steps Into the Mind’s Strange Recesses

The mind can be a terrible thing to taste. Mexican Photographer Brenda Maria Fernandez’s nightmarish body of work, This is the Feeling You Thought You Had Repressed, steps into the strange recesses of a drug-addled ...

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Q+Art: Artist Ally Zlatar Endures the Isolating Pain of an Invisible Illness

Under a skintight sheet of plastic, Ally Zlatar lets out a silent scream. While the Canadian-born artist isn’t shy about sharing personal anguish in her figure paintings, works like “No One Can Hear the Pain” ...

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Q+Art: Artist Tommy Mavra Imagines What the World Would Look Like Without Humans

For generations, Tommy Mavra’s ancestral family relied on fishing and farming to make ends meet. While his parents stepped into more traditional careers, the first-generation American nevertheless developed a deep appreciation for the inherent balance ...

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Q+Art: Vanessa McKernan’s Watery Dreamscapes Ritualize the Human Condition

As a young girl, Vanessa McKernan studied modern dance and ballet before dipping her toes in painting. Today, the Canadian artist draws inspiration from her background in performance art by packing her work with willowy ...

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Q+Art: Digital Artist Cari Marvelli Cultivates Identity Through Imagination and Fantasy

Digital collage artist Cari Marvelli is a woman of many hats. A California native, the self-taught artist got her start by snapping photos of Reno’s punk scene—affectionately dubbed “Skeeno” by insiders. Now a resident of ...

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Q+Art: Artist Kathryn Shriver Tempts the Fates with Handwoven Glass Sculptures

Artist Kathryn Shriver doesn’t believe in fate. Growing up working class in the eastern-most Rust Belt city of Buffalo, the multidisciplinary artist now takes a critical eye toward the middle-American values that shaped her upbringing. ...

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Q+Art: Textile Artist Anya Molyviatis Merges Art and Science with Breathtaking Color Gradients

Though born in Geneva, Switzerland, textile artist Anya Molyviatis spent much of her youth traipsing through North America's wild and urban landscapes. Her chromatic weavings respond to natural environments, re-engaging modern, disaffected viewers with the ...

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Q+Art: Artist Natalie Lambert Reclaims Control with Fetish and Fantasy

Disclaimer: Images featured in this article are sexual and explicit in nature. Who says pornography can’t be art? Natalie Lambert thinks it can. Working across a wide range of media, the multidisciplinary artist challenges our ...

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Q+Art: Artist Jamie Rose Implores Us to Worship at the Altar of Love

Multidisciplinary artist Jamie Rose wants to talk about love. “Love, or a lack thereof, is a difficult topic to discuss,” she admits in her artist statement. “The word itself has been so misused, watered down ...

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Q+Art: Iranian Painter Shabnam Jannesari Constructs Safe Spaces for Women to Express Themselves

Awash with rich color, Shabnam’s Jannesari’s large-scale oil paintings illustrate clandestine spaces for women to gather in secret. In dark, richly decorated rooms, the Iranian artist and her female compatriots evade the patriarchal power structures ...

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Q+Art: Artist Hale Ekinci Explores Cultural Identity with Colorful Embroidery Paintings

Using threadbare bed sheets, Turkish-born artist Hale Ekinci crafts intimate family portraits that cast cultural identity in a subjective light. Now based in Chicago, the multidisciplinary artist plays with gender politics and personal history by ...

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