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Starchild Stela’s work is cute, magical, and bright; but all the same it is powerful feminist work. Most well known for their street art in Montreal, Stela makes art that is as accessible as it is important, touching on healing motifs for survivors of abuse. Regardless of the medium — whether a mural, a personal zine, or a print — the focus stays grounded in Stela’s life experiences of queerness and emotionality. Stela is certainly a pioneer of feminist graffiti. The positive power of their work...
 At BUST, we love us some lady artists and have featured many of them over the years in our print edition. There are so many to choose from, but here are just 15 of our favorite female illustrators you should know about: 1. Monica GarwoodGarwood is an illustrator, designer, letterer, and painter in the Bay Area. Many of her illustrations feature realistic characters painted with watercolor. See more of her work on her website. 2. Alessandra Olanow Olanow is an artist from Canada who currently lives in Brooklyn. We love the...
With another election cycle upon us, it’s inevitable that the phrase "lipstick on a pig" will be trotted out amidst the political rhetoric. According to Slate, the exact idiom was coined in 1985, relatively recently so far as idioms go.But before there was "lipstick on a pig," there was "Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks": a sculpture commissioned by a small crew of Yalies behind their administration’s back. It was, and is, as far from the ivy and brick aesthetic as an artwork can veer. And...
  Emily Dickinson was the ultimate mystery artist. While she was alive, no one knew much about her — she was an introvert who secluded herself in her bedroom, overlooking a burial ground. She watched as the dead were buried from her window daily. Dickinson did not see many people on a regular basis and those who came into her life made a deep and profound impact. This and the constant presence of death were immensely evident in her writing. It is only appropriate that we...
Imagine spending four years slowly filling up your home with recycable waste. Every room is dedicated to a different type of trash: one for plastic water bottles, one for toilet paper rolls, another for old magazines, yet another for empty boxes, and so on. This is what photographer Antoine Repessé did to make his latest project, “#365 Unpacked” a reality. “#365 Unpacked” is a photo project that used recyclables and people to illustrate the amount of waste which is created with product packaging. “For me...
Artist and writer Lisa Hanawalt has been wowing readers with her irreverent illustrated musings since her debut book, My Dirty Dumb Eyes, made a splash in 2013. But even many of her devoted fans don’t know that this 33-year-old kickass polymath is also the person who created the entire look of BoJack Horseman—the popular animated Netflix series about a jaded horse who used to be a sitcom star. “I think a lot of people who watch BoJack don’t know that it’s me,” says Hanawalt, the...
A Northern Ireland native, 23-year-old Megan Doherty uses photography to transform the tedium of small town living into a mystic, alternate reality where she and her friends thrive in the darkened shadows. Her work captures moments as they come; morphing a fleeting image to create intense, powerful narratives of freedom and desire. Doherty’s project “Stoned in Melanchol” depicts a youthy sub-culture that is simultaneously illuminated by neon and masked by haze. Portraying the perfect combination of longing and passive acceptance, her project shows the effects of a...
Anna Ogier-Bloomer’s photography shows us the realities of motherhood and breastfeeding—and it’s intimate, sometimes exhausting and undeniably beautiful. Scratches From Breastfeeding Breastfeeding has become an extremely wide-spread and hotly debated topic. Everyone, men and women (though mostly men), seems to have something to say about whether or not a woman should breastfeed in public. This discussion generally tends to focus more on the breast and less on the woman. Anna Ogier-Bloomer reminds us that attached to that breast is a whole, multifaceted, woman. She explores aspects...
Hey Barbie, take a backseat in that pink convertible of yours!  Anatomically correct female wax figures were the O.G. of dolls in the 18th century.  If you were a kid in the 1700’s, you’ll remember these awesome dolls from your childhood. Because most of us weren’t ( though someone in the comment section is bound to disagree #Notall300yearolds), Morbid Anatomy Museum co-founder Joanna Ebenstein has put together a book of haunting photos of these dissectible dolls. The Anatomical Venus features over 250 images of the...
Have you heard of the Wonder Woman pose? Illustrator Rachel Foss explains how posing like Wonder Woman will give you IRL superpowers: Rachel Foss is an illustrator and designer living in Chicago.  She loves her cats, drawing comics, eating and drinking in Chicago, and sharing her positive outlook  with others. Follow her on rachelfossdesign.com, rachelfoss.tumblr.com, Twitter and Instagram. More from BUST The Complicated, Creepy History Of Wonder Woman And Her Creator The 'Wonder Woman' Sneak Peek Makes All Our Feminist Dreams Come True Wonder Woman: Feminist? Of Course! ...
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