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Q+Art

Arts editor Morgan Laurens interviews artists from around the world.

Kristen Liu-Wong: The Pressure to ‘Feel Good, Look Good, Fuck Good, Be Good’ [Interview]

Kristen Liu-Wong’s work is a pot of water about to boil over. Working with bright acrylic and gouache, the LA-based illustrator blends crude humor with synthetic surfaces, creating portraits of modern women under diamond-mine pressure. ...

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Kristen Liu-Wong: The Pressure to ‘Feel Good, Look Good, Fuck Good, Be Good’ [Interview]

Juan Jimenez: Our Common Future is Blue-Light Bright [Interview]

Take a moment to imagine the future. When you close your eyes, does it look like Star Trek? Or Black Mirror? Colombian American artist Juan Jimenez—who works under the pseudonym Pincel Galactic—tosses dystopian fears aside, ...

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Juan Jimenez: Our Common Future is Blue-Light Bright [Interview]

‘You Speak Good English’: Izumi Miyazaki Expresses Stress, Struggle, and Bravery [Interview]

Sekaikan is Japanese for “worldview,” but the English translation skirts the heart of the meaning. Japanese-American artist Izumi Miyazaki explains that sekaikan—a driving principle behind her provocative work—goes beyond “worldview” to describe a “distinct world ...

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‘You Speak Good English’: Izumi Miyazaki Expresses Stress, Struggle, and Bravery [Interview]

Mapping History Through Objects: Hannah Zimmerman Traces One Generation of Women to the Next

"Remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, a female nude or some sort of anecdote, is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order," goes the famous opening line ...

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Mapping History Through Objects: Hannah Zimmerman Traces One Generation of Women to the Next

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]
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