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Four drawings by Hannah Antalek.

When we were kids, my younger sister used to hide things between her mattress and her box spring. Invariably, the things she’d hide were either precious to her or stolen from my room including books, notes to or from crushes, photos, clothing, and candy. She didn’t think I knew her secret and I wanted it […]

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The tender discord of dystopia: Fiona Buchanan

The first time I talked to Fiona Buchanan about her work we considered the luxury of ugly painting. The second time we talked about the relationship of the Socratic Method to her art practice at large. We further bonded as fan-girls of Issy Wood. Wood, a young British painter, builds metaphors and cringe-based comedies through […]

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Transforming and transcending trauma in the work of Qinza Najm.

Qinza Najm is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice rooted in her background as a Psychologist studying interpersonal relationships. In her art practice she seeks to uncover aspects of transformation and trauma in mind and body that remain hidden yet affect all aspects of society.  Najm’s most recent works respond to our current moment which […]

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Monoprinting as therapy in the portraits of Hanna Brody

The first impression I had of Hanna Brody’s recent watercolour portraits was the innate curiosity and generosity required to capture such a thoughtful impression of another individual. Already a talented portraitist, these works reveal even more clearly the Brody’s concern to capture temporal impermanence through the shifting emotional states of her subjects.  Each double portrait […]