BY Amy Carlberg
on Mar 28, 2014
The next time someone asks who you're knitting that sweater for, say your brain.
It's long been assumed that creative types like Sylvia Plath are somehow more susceptible to depression, when in fact the opposite might be true; writing poems may have been her brain's way of fighting depression.
"When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," says Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "You know ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Mar 24, 2014
Poetry and feminism go hand in hand, as illustrated by the feminist poet warriors of the past and present, including Adrienne Rich, Ann Sexton, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to name a few. In her famous essay "Poetry is Not a Luxury," Audre Lorde expertly expresses the linkage of feminism and poetic verse:
"For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and ... Read More
Trigger Warning: slightly graphic imagery
For the artist Eliza Bennett, her flesh is her medium; in embroidering her palm with thick threads, she hopes to explore the ways in which we view gender roles. Her hand, swollen and bruised by her own careful work, is titled “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done,” and her gruesomely precise handiwork serves to remind the viewer of the strife of women laborers, many of whom are paid far less than their male ... Read More
BY Michelle Beiter
on Feb 27, 2014
Has it been your lifelong dream to be completely starkers in front of 299 other equally naked strangers whilst you paint one another’s bodies in the name of art and body acceptance? If so, prepare yourself to be extremely psyched. There's a naked painting party happening in NYC, and no, it’s not in the grungy basement of an art student’s walk-up. No, my friends, this naked painting party is hosted by Social Exposure, it’s aided by ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post discusses sexual assault
In the past year, courageous artists and activists of all genders have addressed rape culture and the topic of sexual assault, coming forward about their own experiences and giving voice to those who have been silenced. Lindsay Bottos, the artist responsible for last week’s viral series Anonymous, is one of those voices; in her powerful series Get Over It, she addresses her own assault and the ... Read More
Even though it’s a site that now features the incredible number of over 3.5 million articles written in the English language, Wikipedia’s female writers only make up just 13% of the overall contributors. But this past weekend, the international Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon went down across the globe where around 600 participants in 31 venues collectively confronted the persistent issue of Wikipedia’s gendered bias.
The inclusion of ... Read More
This week, the first ever middle aged man enrolled in the all-girls Wellesley College. Well, almost. As part of the artist Tony Matelli’s exhibit, which will be open for the duration of the semester, a lifelike figure titled Sleepwalker will roam the campus. Appearing from a distance like middle aged man, arms outstretched, the sculpture has already stirred controversy.
The college junior Zoe Magid is disturbed by the work, and ... Read More
For many young feminists, the “selfie” has been claimed as a fulfilling expressive medium that lends itself to self-actualization and confidence. The artist Lindsay Bottos explains, “The act of women taking selfies is inherently feminist, especially in a society that tries so hard to tell women that our bodies are projects to be worked on […] Selfies are like a ‘fuck you’ to all of that.” And maybe she’s ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 03, 2014
Intersections is an impossibly ornate installation by artist Anila Quayyum Agha, that uses laser-cut wood to throw whimsical and incredibly detailed patterns onto gallery walls and floors.
Agha was born in Pakistan, attended the University of North Texas in and is decorated with many accolades, including the Creative Renewal Fellowship, awarded by the Indianapolis Arts Council.
From the artist:
"With this large scale patterned wood project I explored ... Read More
The student artists Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi of Musashino Art University in Japan recently unveiled a gorgeous series of portraits of X-Ray and CT images of embracing couples. One might expect images devoid of flesh, readable facial expressions, and color to read as clinical and sterile, but the photographs are strikingly human: “X-ray images usually show the finite nature of our bodies composed only of matter. But these couples’ portraits ... Read More