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.  

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.

Erin Smego

Erin Smego is a sculptor who works with plaster, cement, and paper mache. She draw ideas from people’s personalities and emotions, including her own. Curiosity lies in what really makes people tick - how people act, react, and why. Subjects she engages in include persistence, awkwardness, peculiarity, embarrassment, embracing, gripping, falling (apart), giving, isolation, separation, emptiness, hyper-optimism, and sadness. Elements of playfulness sometimes appear, and color (or lack of) is used to reflect emotion.

Dot Vile

Dot Vile uses domestic objects related to femininity and masculinity to create sculptural forms. With an emphasis on cloth and fibers, she highlights both strength and fragility.