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BUST sat down with artist and founder of cool swag mecca, Witchsy, to talk about what it takes to be a working artist, entrepreneur, and card carrying vagina owner in the digital age. Check it out: Janeth Ann Gonda: Okay, so first off, your art is dope AF! Tell me a bit about your subject matter and how it represents you and your mind? Did you always create racy, sexy content, or is this something that developed over time? Penelope Gazin: Aw, thank you! I used to...
Fashion Photographer Erez Sabag Dazzles with GORGIALITY, A Spring Rainbow of Bright, Inclusive Beauty during Skin Cancer Awareness Month World-class fashion photographer Erez Sabag lights up the Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea, NYC with Gorgiality, a multimedia exhibition that illuminates the beauty of inclusivity and supports the Look Good Feel Better Foundation during Skin Cancer Awareness Month.Erez Sabag coined the word “gorgiality” on set to express the beauty he sees in individuality. “Real beauty,” he says, “is an intangible quality that defies definition, boundaries, and standards...
Three photos showing white women and women of color in recognizable situations - but with their places swapped - are going viral on social media for all the right reasons. The photos - which show white women giving Asian women pedicures at a salon; a white girl gazing at a shelf full of black dolls; and a white woman in a maid’s outfit pouring a cup of tea for a Latina woman chatting on the phone - are from O, The Oprah Magazine’s May 2017...
Pop artist Ashley Longshore is like a piece of pop art herself. She wears wacky colors and enormous oversized jewelry, Instagrams herself skiing naked, and swears like a sailor with the voice of a sweet Southern belle. Her recently published book, You Don't Look Fat, You Look Crazy: An Unapologetic Guide to Being Ambitchous, says it all in the title. But while it’s easy to get distracted by the glitter smeared across her canvases, or the celebrities who are buying up her paintings like they’re candy,...
For the latest in our series on women photographers, Lady Shooters, Tara Wray interviews San Francisco-based photographer Vivian Fu. Vivian Fu! Can you please tell me why you make pictures? At the most honest and basic level, I'm interested in photography because I have a desire to document my life; it's a way to keep a diary, but also it's a reminder that I have some agency or control. My introduction to photography was through family photographs that my dad took, which always felt like they skipped...
Nestled between Harvard University dorms and Cambridge coffee shops, the Democracy Center has been transformed into a feminist gathering space this chilly April evening. Inside, artists display embroidery hoops filled with feminist phrases and cross-stitch patterns of the female form. The theme of the night is witchcraft, so “Hex the Patriarchy” tote bags and crystal jewelry join the scene. Visitors learn to spin plastic bags into thread and embroider their own designs while milling about between vendor tables. By the end of the night, visitors...
Miranda Barnes' latest photo series, Doubles, highlights the beauty in black women and the bonds of sisterhood through the lens of twin sisters. A native New Yorker, Barnes is not only a photographer but a student at John Jay College pursuing a BA in Humanities and Justice with Minors in Art and History. Barnes' aim for the project was to redefine the way people look at women of color and showcase the power of sisterhood and friendship.  In an artist statement, sh e writes: "I find the need...

  Mumbai-based photographer Victoria Krundysheva's project "The Witch Hunt" has us entranced. In a series of haunting photographs, Krundysheva creates a modern-day exploration of medieval-era witch hunts. She photographs women along with captions about how to spot a witch — for example, "You need to know – they don’t drown, so be on lookout for women who even after you threw them in the water and pushed them under are still emerging, stronger than before." In her artist statement, Krundysheva writes, "Photography to me is my personal...
Catching up with Afghan graffiti queen Shamsia Hassani War-torn Afghanistan is among the world's most dangerous countries for women. But that's not stopping one brave lady from hitting the streets to add a little feminist flair to Kabul's walls. Shamsia Hassani is Afghanistan's first prominent female street artist. Since attending a graffiti workshop in 2010, the 28-year-old has become known for her breathtaking murals of women, often painted on fragments of bomb-damaged buildings. Some are joyful and dreamlike, others melancholic and nightmarish; but the hijab-wearing figures are...
C2E2, one of the nation's largest pop culture events, is happening this weekend in Chicago, and I have an all access pass to everything. On Thursday, April 20th, I was given a sneak peek into some exciting DC Comics news before the con even began. DC publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, along with heavyweight industry artists, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr., unveiled their newest project, Dark Matter. Dark Matter will be a series of books and comics presenting all-new superheroes to the...
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