Marie Tomanova

Marie Tomanova was born in 1984 in former Czechoslovakia. She received her BA at Masaryk University Brno in 2007 and her MFA from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Her work consist of portraits and self-portraiture where she explores issues of gender, identity, and sexuality. In combining performance and self-exposure, she creates pictures with a hint of naiveté and raw honesty. "Almost geologically, almost as an archaeology of what and how I am, each photo is a landscape for you, of me, in which you can find what you are or what you are not."

Tomanova has shown her work at solo and group exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery in New York, OTGF in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in Philadelphia, Black Box Gallery in Portland and the Ars Gallery, Galerie Slevarna, and Reduta in the Czech Republic. Her work has been featured in many publications including ART21 Magazine, VICE, Posture Magazine, The Wild Magazine, and The New York Observer.

Erin Donnelly

Erin Donnelly has studied art and created art for nearly her whole life. Although she says she never really concentrated in watercolors or gouache, she finds these days this medium is easiest to work with in her intimate studio. She enjoys working tightly on floral and geometric prints with these materials, as well as her usual loose, free flowing, more abstract figures and objects in her oil paintings. 

Her most recent work references designs and patterns you may find in many different cultures' folk art - imperfect, yet beautiful representations of common people's work. Many of her subjects are women, which she likes to think of as her Goddesses, "They are the women that I give power to when I may not feel powerful myself. I may create a Pinup when I don't feel sexy, a Gypsy when I feel I need to run, or a Deity when I need change. Imagining who these women are, breathing life into them, painting the colors of their essence in turn gives me the freedom and power I need as an artist, as a common person, as a woman." 

Erin received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and currently lives and works outside of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. 


Francis Kulikowski

Francis Kulikowski utilizes drawing in the same way some may write in journals with work that often turns out to be exaggerated interpretations of her daily thoughts or experiences. She is particularly interested in mass media and folk art - and the duality of the two genres of creative communication that most people in contemporary society are inundated with. She is fascinated with the formulation and production processes of mass media images, often grotesque and cliche in their aesthetic, while intrigued by the authenticity and accessibility of folk art that can also be aesthetically and thematically unsettling. Francis is currently co-producing a book based on a friend's memoirs of his youth. She lives and works in Detroit. 


Taylor Hanigosky

Taylor Hanigosky is a photo artist from Youngstown, Ohio who relishes in the beauty of storytelling. She feels compelled to use imagery as a way to provoke conversation about how we live and why. She takes her inspiration from the simple nuances of everyday routines and explores alternative photographic processes as a means of creative expression. 

Taylor recently finished a photographic series constructed to affirm and celebrate a modern female experience. 

Images of women are everywhere - on nearly every product’s packaging, magazine page, and street corner. But the over-saturation of falsified versions of women's bodies primes a deep desire for a rare glimpse of authenticity and familiarity. Unable to seek out the images I was craving, I felt compelled to create my own. As a twenty-something young woman at the cusp of fresh independence, I set out to photograph my world - a world of waning innocence, newfound boldness, and impervious uncertainty. However, during the course of this project, I often faced the dismissive claim that photographing a female experience was cliché. But this perception diminishes female emotion into a pool of trivial musings and restricts a woman to a rigid and preconceived idea. When facing these belittling assaults on the validity of femininity, I became ever more compelled to continue. I amassed a series of images unveiling the essence of modern femininity in the quietest and most private of moments. What I found were the beautiful contradictions, emotions, and fluidity of identifying as a woman in the 21st century.

Madeline Gallucci

Madeline Gallucci received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 with an emphasis on Printmaking. However, her most recent projects have employed painting, photography, and collage mediums. In her latest creations she's worked with diverse groups such as college students and midwestern drag queens, while experimenting using obscurities like oil slicks, electrical boxes, hotel suites, pianos, lime green hues, and giant windows in her work. Madeline is the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence at Hotel Phillips and is the Co-Director of the gallery Front/Space in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Hailee Va

Hailee Va, an Oregon native who currently lives in Portland, loves to draw and has drawn ladies her entire life, manifesting on paper her mind full of enchanting women. The girls she draws represent her heat, heart swells, periods, punches, moon sweats, and soft spells. Her depictions seem to flow directly from heart to hand. Hailee explains, "They grow with me and carry the weight my body cannot. They take me through trips and bring me back home." 

Arpana Rayamajhi

Arpana Rayamajhi is a New York City based artist who was born in 1987 in Kathmandu, Nepal. She  is a multi-media artist who focuses mainly on paintings, sculpture, music, and jewelry. A recent graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art, she is also the co-founder of DISPOSE, an online magazine collection of disposable photographs that narrates the day of an individual.

Her work is driven by her love for color. She explains, "Back home it is a symbol of celebration, has deep religious significance, and is an integral part of everyday life. Growing up in a Hindu society where women are banned from wearing color upon the death of their husband, especially shades of red, is something that has affected me since I was a child. After losing my father, my mother’s decision to wear red was criticized by many people, including women. I see the culture of stripping a woman from wearing color as a practice that is misogynistic and regressive. Color then seems to be a symbol of life, and in a way, not letting a woman wear color is telling her that her life, her identity, is completely linked to her husband’s and therefore, she has no identity for herself. I am a woman, and I will use color whenever I want."

Arpana is also the founder of ARPANAJEWELS where she sells individual one of a kind pieces she's hand-made from various materials from her home in Nepal as well as from her travels around the world. Harnessing the spirit of what it means to adorn ourselves, she creates pieces that function not only as ornamentation but also as armor. She finds inspiration in tribal cultures and views wearing colors and jewelry as something ancient, evocative of the spirit of humanity.  

Sarah Elise Abramson

"The act of photographing keeps me grounded and in touch with the things that matter most."  Inspired by the things that live in between; odd combinations and conflicting ideas, ambiguity and androgyny, Sarah lives and works out of San Pedro, CA where these things come in abundance.  The actors in her photos are her friends and the world full of beautifully unusual backdrops is her stage. 

Shara Lunon

Shara Lunon aka Sha-Raw the panther paw, aka RaRa bird no.3, has dedicated herself to the art of voice. She studied Ethnomusicology and Vocal Performance at the University of Florida, focusing on the operatic technique. During and since, she has experimented in the vocal stylings of electronic/dance, hip-hop, and R&B in such groups as MSNRA, Jovian Junction Orchestra, and Wizard Women. Shara has also been a member of the Church of Holy Colors/Milagros art collective, and aided in the formation of the Elestial Sound record label. Recently relocated to the big apple, she hopes to further her work in codifying her style of "hiphopera".

mal·func·tion // malˈfəNG(k)SH(ə)n/ - Filmed and edited by Rose Vastola 2014 Words and featuring Shara Lunon / Community, Cultural, Condense, Convergent, Constitution, this video examines misconnections and malfunction within reality and society. Between interactions with each other and within our selves. The video features Shara Lunon a Vocalist whose words and appearance is created and manipulated to show true beautiful and a dysfunctional decay. This piece acts as a experiment to digital media as it combines four major video editing softwares and modeling programs.

Artwork by Kodi Fabricant

Artwork by Kodi Fabricant

Translation from Portuguese:

At the bottom of a well, memories arrive.

In silence, you are blind

You forget that your body exists;

You forget that your life exists,

Like the sky forgets it has clouds

Like an apple forget it has seeds

Like the air forget it makes the wind.

A river of memories flood

Blinding all senses

Are the images happy? Are they not?

At the bottom of the well

All you can see is yourself.

Untitled

The stars are falling all around my bed, 

You kissed not me, but one instead.

Did our lights confuse? For I am here.

That star was dead. Only shiny and shear.

Littering eyes, of sights so near.

It glints so pinched; so intentionally instant you forget,

The excitement.

Blues

Again, love again blues said mr L Hughes. 

Again, love again blues I say it in twos 

For three is sacred and one is just too few. 

I say it from my lips to the ears of you, 

If blue be the hue then let royal be the cue.

Look to the skies and midnights for truths.

Add in some navy and periwinkle for views,

For the shades of it only goes for miles

Kind of like stings of pearls on have their styles

If it came to it, the my lips would only smile

At the tint and hint of the bluest of piles

A love like this is like Coltrane and Naima; 

Like breath of Dizzy or the hand of Fatima. 

Press against the palms feel the heat of ambition 

Watch it explode continuously infinite.

If I am dead, then all this is done.

Like the stars burning bright my light will still come.

I let the waves take my journey to the extent of the one 

Sanders play that horn so my chords can strum 

Sing  the songs so rarely sung,

And quest for love beyond bells rung.

My arrow is aimed at the blazing sun and,

When my wings melt then I’ll have begun,

You see to be kissed in burns I must have flown

From the wisp of the clouds my light is shown

Reflecting the radiance of what once was,

Spinning the wheels of color from below and above.

If blue is the color, I’ll take it with gold,

So that I kiss the sky endlessly bold.

Kiss the Crete- All women's skate tour (music by Hi-Rule ft Shara)

Live performance of MSNRA at Medusa Studios in Gainesville, Florida. Filmed and Recorded by Dave Melosh and friends

Sem título (Letícia) 

Untitled (Leticia)

Me disse com uma voz, ou, com

as palavras de que meu coração sair. 

I said with a voice, or with the words that my heart left.

Eu ouvi ou eu li que ele foi 

pra um outro amor. 

I heard or I read that it went to another love.

Me disse que eu sinto nada, ou,

eu sente tudo. 

I said that I feel nothing or I feel everything.

Eu me lembrar, não, talvez eu esquece se ele foi,

ou ele ficou na mesa numa fruteira. 

I remember, no, maybe I forget if it went, 

or if it stayed on the table in a fruit bowl.

A fruta do meu espírito. 

The fruit of my spirit.

O sol ascenda, e ele começa bater

The sun ignites, and it begins to beat

Mas nunca comigo.

But never with me

Só vive quando ta longe de mim. 

It only lives when it is distant from me.

Bem longe de mim.

Greatly distant from me.

Black History Month

Got a chip of the world sittin’ on my shoulders.

Feelin’ pressure in layers folding over.

Weight of expectation from this dark pearl growin’ bolder,

As my heart of metal is only gettin’ colder.

So I found a tribe that steeps its growin’ culture,

From Zebulun to Zulu, young elders becomin’ older.

Savin’ black history, present, and black future,

‘Cuz what they teachin’ today lacks stature.

So fuck this ‘given’ month I do it avidly.

From sun up to sun down I sing it gladly:

We shall overcome but won't hit prosperity.

Like misery and hate, ignorance keeps company.

Worse is that it goes unnoticed.

Blinded the eyes through packaged doses.

Dope dog sniffed out, ass’ shitty grosses.

Gots the habit now, and the cycle keeps goin’.

For in the eyes of Uncle Sam it's cheaper to sell it.

Keep Uncle Ben down then send him to jail; it

Drives more than Ms. Daisy, but to Davis it compels this

Fight for freedom ‘cuz the civilities are just basics.

For it is true more people are hurtin’ than are eating.

For it is real that more profit is gained in killin’ than in feedin’ them,

And we hold these truths to be self-evident.

Beyond that, we hold them to be relevant and prevalent.

And it’s amazin’ how it’s gone on for centuries,

And how suppression imbeds itself in genetic memories.

It goes so much deeper than veins so tainted,

Ghettos and projects are only where they placed us.

The mind is what has been so deviated, so wasted

Conditionin’ then degraded to demean Negro races.

Thoughts of black brutes rally against their brethren,

Turnin’ in their brothas and sistas thinkin’ they gon’ win.

Your chains are the same but are within,

And maybe I don't know shit ‘cuz I'm no African.

My name is formed x and has no sentiment.

My skin is only ‘dipped’ with pigment, like it’s not legit

But I am at no cost anyone’s victim.

I am not a big-lipped big-butt untamed mane.

I am not the image of uncivilized, criminalized, or untrained.

I am no Aunt Jemima, no mistress, nor slave;

I scream of beauty and chant of change.

I stand here, eyes opened, glaring at you.

I know who I am, where I'm from, and what I do.

And since I am stripped of my heritage I'll make mine new.

Breakin’ down the box to sojourn the truth.

And if I’m just the pour ghetto chil’,

Then you fucked up teachin’ me to read.

Learnin’ for myself how to write and think.

This ‘given’ month you so admirably beseech,

Is just to mask your pile of shit that endlessly reeks.

Stainin’ the sheets, red white and brown.

It’s airin’ out for the public to see now.

 



Lucy Silverman

Born in Andover, Massachusetts, Lucy Silverman currently lives and works in New York. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her design work merges fashion, technology, and communication. 

Off White is a collection inspired by passive postures, interior skewed by forced perspective, flat planes and common interior paint colors. It embodies the interior as a prison, the person as product - suffocating and sterile, monotonous and apathetic. The Ease Drop Pillow is a a wearable tech project  to accompany the collection Off White. When pressed, the pillow presents live audio from different locations. The act of ease dropping implies a desire for human connection, but is simultaneously disconnected and isolating, exemplifying the atmosphere of the collection. 

Raychel Reimer

Raychel Reimer is a freelance artist based out of Vancouver, Canada. She studied Media Arts at Sheridan Institute in Toronto where she specialized in documentary film-making. A lover of many platforms, Reimer is not only an award-winning documentary filmmaker, but also a photographer, writer, and mixed media artist, and she continues to create raw, non-fiction art in all of these different mediums.

100 Tides is a poetry and polaroid project that Reimer completed in the span of 100 days. Every day she took one instant photograph and paired it with one poetry piece she wrote, with the result being an image that metaphorically reflects each day. 100 Tides is a journey through heartbreak, mental illness, and self-love. 

 

Keylah Mellon

Keylah Mellon is a Haitian-American documentary photographer. She grew up on the Caribbean island and left to attend Hofstra University in Long Island, NY. A certain sensitivity to the human condition and to the wonder of art pushed her to express herself through different forms of media. She currently lives and works between New York and Haiti.

Shannon Washington

Shannon Washington, aka Akujixxv, is a Jamaican-American born artist currently residing in Maryland. She is a mental health advocate and artist dedicated to deconstructing damaging stereotypes about people of color through illustration.

Julie Simon

Julie Simon (b. 1988, Chicago, IL) received a BFA in fine arts from the Museum School of Fine Arts, and Tufts University in 2011. She now lives and works as a multimedia artist, photographer, and wardrobe stylist in Brooklyn, NY. 

Aysia Marotta

Aysia Marotta is a BRIC Award winning documentary film maker and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York.  She specializes in behind the scenes photo and video, as well as editorial and portraiture. Her work - mostly driven by music - is heavily influenced by the subtlety and chaos that her environment has to offer.

Victoria Martinez

Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago who explores installation, site-specific intervention, screen-printing, painting, and collage. She believes in chance and intuition when creating projects for galleries as well as ephemeral experiences in the urban environment. Martinez works with vibrant colors, pattern-based textiles, and overlooked items, sewing them together to create a unique perspective.

Rozalyn Crews

Rozalyn's art and social practice is informed by structures of observation and documentation, and it is inspired by collaborative environments like museums and the archaeological field. She thinks of art-making as a way to help the public organize and explore their curiosities by presenting different ways of seeing. Her work aims to expose prejudices and amplify voices that frequently go unheard. Embracing unique approaches to observation, she believes art can act as a critical tool for demystifying the ideology of inequalities.

Roz received her BA in Anthropology from New College of Florida and is currently a student in the Art & Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University. She studied public archaeology and community engagement during college and is now the Artist in Residence at Portland State University’s Housing & Residence Life department. Born in Gainesville, Florida, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

As the FYE-FRINQ Artist in Residence, Roz is responsible for providing creative support to the Freshman Year Experience program and the students, faculty, mentors, RAs and LCAs involved in the living and learning communities. She works closely with a faculty member mentor to participate in class projects and create supplementary workshop programming for the students. In addition to providing creative support to the program, she produces community art projects that highlight the themes presented in FYE-FRINQ class syllabi. She lives and fosters a creative community in the Broadway Building Residence Hall at PSU.

Reading the Phone Book was an experimental installation in the AB Gallery at Portland State University.

Roz hosted a spelling bee for her class. Controlled by performance in the spelling bee, the participants built a dance score using various appropriated instructions from the Fluxus Workbook (ed. by Ken Friedman, et. al.), Fluxus-inspired instructions that Roz invented, or the students' own ideas, which they could write down on blank slips of paper. Read the instructions for the spelling bee game here.

Roz used the final score, pictured above, to perform her first solo-dance. This piece was choreographed by Nina Berry, Jen Delos Reyes, Joshua Compton, Leroy Elie, Alyssa Jensen, Jordan Hoagbin, Edward Ershbock, and Laura Sandow. Click here to view screen shots from some of the choreography footage.

Nina Berry, Jordan Hoagbin, and Rozalyn co-curated a series of three conversations that addressed different issues that they were passionate about. The project took place over the last three weeks in January of 2015, one conversation per week, hosted in the AB Gallery within the Art Building at Portland State University.

The goal of the series was to produce meaningful conversation in an art gallery around a topic that they felt deserved discussion. To give special privilege to these topics as centers of conversation was a way to honor their importance in everyday life. The topics included in this series were Nails & Feminism: a discussion of the role of feminism in our lives; What Does Art Do?: a conversation addressing the importance and function of works of art (from painting to social practice); and Your Culture is Not My Trend: a conversation on cultural appropriation versus cultural exchange.

This is a notebook for Roz's current research about performance art, sports, spectators, audiences, artists, invention & athletes. You might see interview transcriptions, anecdotal evidence, vlogs, guest posts, photos, lists, etc.

To submit a guest post about your experience with art & sports, email Roz at
artandsportsresearch@gmail.com with your story, idea, interview, vlog, painting, performance piece, etc.

Juli Toro

Juli Toro grew up among the stucco strip malls and swamps of Florida, and is now living in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the little town of Nevada City, California. Her art ranges from found object accumulation sculptures to pseudo-symmetrical food collages on paper. She harvests most of her materials from her immediate vicinity; everything from deflated balloons leftover from her child's birthday party, to the stems of herbs plucked from her garden, to random items found in thrift stores, she seeks to transform these things into something more exciting. Her works on paper focus on ideas of decadence. She combines pictures of food, flowers, and bright colors into gluttonous wall displays.

Jessica Butler

Jessica Butler was born and raised in New Jersey and is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she focused on studio art and film history. Her work deals primarily with the imperfections, humor, strangeness, and beauty of being human, often through the pairing of text with images. Interested in experimenting among multiple mediums, she translates her characters and ideas through artist books and zines, sculptures, illustrations and drawings, painting and printmaking.