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Audrey Hansa is here with her "Bad Girls," a refreshing set of paintings and prints that put to paper actions that are seen as negative when done by a female-identifying person. Drawn from images like those on old matchboxes and vintage ads, Audrey creates her own squad of transgressive women who "are fully aware of what they are doing or have done, and they brandish it." From smoking to heartbreaking to shredding on a guitar, the portrait series hits home with its concepts and the bold,...

I have to just come out and admit it: I’m a cowboy/girl at heart. I grew up in rural Nebraska, in a large family, and each summer we kids were given the choice of a pair of sandals or sneakers. I chose cowboy boots. Inconvenient, yes. Especially running to keep up with the older kids or chase the golden retriever that escaped her pen or make my own escape from the vicious black rooster who patrolled the orchard and acre of vegetables my father grew...
Jay Katelansky works with multimedia, using striking and direct visuals to communicate the weightlessness of black bodies in the United States and to the justice system. In “only if Eric was Phantom" (below), she takes an image of Eric Garner confronting a police officer, and edits lasers to shoot out of his eyes before the officer has a chance to become violent with him. In other works such as those pictured, Katelansky creates subjects and objects that have the opportunity to represent Phantom in a tale of black crime and...
Today, we're introducing Lady Shooters,  Tara Wray's new series highlighting talented women photographers. First up: Christine Osinski.  Christine Osinski is having a moment more than thirty years in the making. The New York-based photographer just published Summer Days Staten Island (Damiani), a collection of work featuring young people on Staten Island made in the summers of ‘83-’84.  The Cooper Union professor recently talked with me about via email about her work. "Girl Looking Sideways" In a few sentences, can you describe the type of photography you do? So much of what...
Pis Saro is a tattoo artist from Crimea who specializes in exquisite, realistic botanical tattoos, inspired by specimens that she sees while strolling through gardens and parks during her travels. Her work is remarkably almost identical to the plants she is replicating, a taste that is far from easy when putting a needle to skin. Her unique work has put her in high demand worldwide, and her work has taken her to Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. You can find more...
  Illustrated Women in History is a project highlighting influential women from around the world. Artist Julie Gough creates digital illustrations honoring between four to five women each week, complete with a summarized biography of their life and achievements. Since she began in August 2015, she has highlighted the importance of over 200 women. Gough created the project after learning about the opening of the Jack the Ripper museum in London, which, in a cruel twist, had been presented as a museum to honor women. The...
Recently, you may have seen some of your favorite artists and musicians rocking merch that loudly states “GENDER IS OVER” in bold white letters against a black mesh jersey. And, as I was, you might be wondering what the deal is with that. Where are these jerseys coming from? Who made them? What are they for? And most importantly…where can I get one??? So, I decided to do some intense research – AKA, I Googled it – in order to find out what all of...
Get educated about our favorite female artists with these six books:  1. Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear |Grafiteras y Muralistas en America Latina: Arte Sin Miedo by Rachel Cassandra and Lauren Gucik  Few books go into the work of female artists specifically, and even fewer into the work of Latin American artists. With a badass title and even more badass subjects, Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear follows the work of female street artists in Peru, Panama, Colombia, Mexico and more. The book not only...
  Sometimes imitation is NOT the finest form of flattery. It's just stealing. Zara, better known as overpriced basicland for hipster yuppies, has just added itself to the list of brands that rip off independent artists and mass produce their work. This time, the victim is Tuesday Bassen, an LA-based graphic designer who creates these incredible images. Here are some of her awesome pieces: Erase You patch, $10 Girls Pennant pin, $10 Heart Lolli patch, $12 Keep Out pin, $10 They're pretty adorable, right? Well, it seems like Zara thought so, too....

As an art form, public art is all about scale: the larger the wall, the better. In transforming huge walls into canvases, street artists have found a way to transform the visual aesthetic, but also function, of a given space. Walls become not just surfaces for painting but areas for social commentary. Since starting this blog, I’ve been interested in the ways that street art can create an experience — not only aesthetically, but through its ability to spark dialogue. Lately, I’ve especially been interested in...
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