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Meet Sienne Josselin, the L.A. artist and educator behind siennejosselin.com!  After a career in the public sector, Sienne went solo to concentrate on sharing her love of art through her breathtaking designs and devotion to teaching.  Her site showcases her artisanal goods and freelance work in illustration, painting, photography, and printmaking.  You can also check out her monthly philanthropic efforts.  She recently spoke with us to discuss ... Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work.  The artist Sarah Best creates astounding replicas of the female body, using it as a symbol that tracks the human desire for connection and intimacy; severed from the rest of the body, her sculpted hands and a cut-out collaged breasts take on a life of their own, worming their way up walls and pages and sometimes tracking blood in the process. The work, though sometimes gruesome, maintains a pulsating beauty; as if ... Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. Images of idealized beauty permeate most of the media we consume, and it has for hundreds of years; throughout decades dominated by shifting aesthetics and beauty standards, the idea of the attractive female has taken numerous forms. Titian’s reclining Venus, for example, is shaped differently from the fashion models of today’s ad campaigns, and African diasporic art offers yet another ideal. More often ... Read More
The Simpsons are a staple of American life. They’ve taught us about the value of satire and the horrors of normativity in traditional family values. Marge, a beacon of light within the Simpson family, is a multi-faceted queen who deserves heaps of respect. She has been a bra-burning feminist, a handyman, a police officer, breadwinner and homemaker. Now it is someone’s turn to turn the tables and become Marge.Watch below as model Kate Moukhina gets a ... Read More
  “You have the right to choose who you love and what kind of family you want and to live free from rape and sexual violence,” explains groundbreaking painter Hikaru Cho. Renowned for her hyperrealistic, three-dimensional painted body art, Cho has joined forces with Amnesty International to create “My Body My Rights,” a set of emotionally charged and conceptual works meant to confront global issues of sexual abuse and other ... Read More
    “In this society, there’s so much pressure for women to be thin,” writes the photographer Lee Price of her motivation for her recent series of hyper-realistic oil paintings of women consuming desserts, “we’re not supposed to have appetites—and not just for food, but for a lot of things.”     Her goal in these vivid works is to present an alternate view of women, food, body image, and ... Read More
The artist Marcey Hawk uses her breasts instead of paintbrushes, creating abstract expressions of her own eroticism. While her clients include celebrities famously inclined towards objectification of women, meanings deeper than “BOOBS!” might be gleaned from the work. Bear with me. The images are indeed playful, and the hook of the work is the choice to use her breasts—she calls herself the “boob artist”— but ... Read More
  “Beauty is only interesting when it is not perfect,” writes the painter Megan Van Groll in her artist’s statement. Gifted with tremendous drawing ability, Van Groll grew out of the expectation that she draw “pretty” pictures, especially of women. In her works, the artist explores the tensions between the performative aspects of gender construction and the complexities of our internal lives. Although she admits that her ... Read More
  Life imitates art! The designer Pari Ehsan takes this old Oscar Wilde philosophy to a whole new level, visiting art and design museums and galleries dressed in fashions that borrow from and in turn enrich and inform the works on display. Her mimesis isn’t bound by a single medium; she flawlessly ties together fashion, photography, painting, collage and installation, allowing her own form to enter into a cohesive conversation with the work of her ... Read More
  From the Bayeux Tapestry to the Unicorn Tapestries, tapestry art is usually characterized by its focus on epic and sweeping themes like war, love, religion, and even the changing of the seasons. Painting, on the other hand, seems more immediate; a canvas can be filled in a few hours, whereas a woven tapestry may take weeks to complete.     The artist Cayce Zavaglia’s work brilliantly examines the intersections between painting and ... Read More
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