In conversation: Alice Lenkiewicz
Meet Alice Lenkiewickz, an artist who seamlessly weaves the worlds of visionary painting and photography, guided by themes of intuition and mysticism. As a dedicated vegan and passionate advocate for animal rights, Lenkiewicz has harnessed her artistic talent to create powerful digital paintings that campaign against animal exploitation, specifically targeting factory farming. The artist's practice and beliefs stand in solidarity with fellow animal rights campaigners, striving for the welfare and justice of animals everywhere.
In conversation: Mia Bilbeisi
Meet Mia Bilbeisi, an artist who explores abjection through her work. Using found textiles and raw bodily imagery, she challenges societal notions of cleanliness and purity. By upcycling discarded materials, she highlights the destructive habit of rejection and invites the impure to coexist harmoniously. Her art blurs the boundaries between traditional craft and sculpture, subverting preconceived ideas and embracing the power of the abject.
In conversation: Laura Donkers
Meet Laura Donkers, a multi-media visual artist, curator, and independent researcher who skillfully navigates the intricate spaces between nature, culture, and science. With a diverse range of methods and strategies, Laura's work delves into complex ideas associated with contemporary, historical, and cultural interpretations of place. Through field-based research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and socially engaged activism, she brings together artists, scientists, organizations, and communities to create conversations, actions, drawings, and public interventions.
In conversation: Istvan Dukai
Meet Istvan Dukai, a former graffiti artist who has transitioned into a thriving career as a graphic designer. With a focus on logo design, abstract graphics, and nonfigurative patterns, Istvan's style is influenced by geometric tradition, constructivism, and op-art. His minimalist approach to colors and forms, combined with occasional rhythmic variations, produces captivating and illusion-like compositions. By stylizing natural elements into geometric shapes and expertly combining them, Istvan's work showcases the power of reduction and evokes a sense of sensuality. As a highly sought-after freelancer, he has gained recognition as a top graphic designer and art director for renowned European brands, utilizing his designs across diverse materials.
In conversation: Tseng Yu-Chin
Get ready to meet the extraordinary artist, Tseng Yu-Chin, as we delve into the depths of his captivating artistic journey. Hailing from Taiwan, Asia, Tseng's creative path began as an experimental filmmaker and has evolved to encompass video, photography, and mixed media installations. Despite facing immense challenges and government suppression, Tseng's unwavering commitment to truth and self-expression has shaped his powerful body of work. Join us as we explore his exploration of the human moment and the disorderly state of human self-consciousness.
In conversation: Sona Kim
Meet Seunga Sona Kim, a talented Korean artist based in Chicago. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Kim's artistic exploration revolves around the relationship between garments and the individual's persona and visual identity. Her artistic journey has expanded beyond wearable garments, encompassing paintings and sculptural works that have been exhibited in various cities including Chicago, Wonju, Seoul, Manila, and more.
In conversation: Linda Pearl Izan
Meet Linda Pearl Izan, a mixed media practitioner based in the United Kingdom, whose artworks focus on political, environmental, gender, and cultural themes, seamlessly combining textile techniques with mixed media, ceramics, photography, and digital elements. By employing materials that align with her messages, Izan creates impactful pieces that provoke contemplation and commentary.
In conversation: Jessica Russo Scherr
Meet Jessica Russo Scherr, an internationally exhibiting artist whose work examines the intersection of personal and universal themes. Using a range of media including drawing, photography, oil paint, and collage, Russo Scherr creates layered and evocative compositions that invite the viewer to contemplate their own place within the cultural and emotional landscape.
In conversation: Flòra O. Hartyándi
Meet Flòra O. Hartyándi, an artist, art therapist, community worker, and traveller who believes that in art, everything is possible. The artist has a passion for giving new life to natural and human waste, transforming them into something new and unique, with their own stories to tell. Flòra draws inspiration from folk arts, symbols of different nations, and traditional techniques to create complex and alternative worlds that draw the viewer in and invite them to be a part of the story.
In conversation: My Linh Mac
Meet My Linh Mac (Millie), a talented multi-media artist, visual designer, and art educator based in Chicago. As we approach the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Millie is excited to introduce her latest project, Co Tich Viet, a beautiful Vietnamese folklore children's book series created with hand-cut paper art. What makes this project even more special is that it is zero-waste, and all the materials used are recycled. Each book in this ongoing series is a testament to Millie's passion for unique mediums and storytelling, as she pours her heart and soul into creating intricate and colorful illustrations that bring to life the rich stories of Vietnam.
In conversation: Chen Gao
Meet Chen Gao, an interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Detroit and Chicago. With her work spanning across free drawing, photography, writing, installation, and performance, she explores the concept of ideal freedom and the power of unconsciousness and dreams. Gao's art is not just a form, but an atmosphere that conveys a sense of void.
In conversation: Paul James Kearney
Paul James Kearney discovered the darker side of the gay community in Brighton, where chemsex parties were enabled by smartphones and hookup apps. The artist observed people of all ages and professions partaking in chemsex, including educated and seemingly normal individuals. While not judging or vilifying drug users, the artist aims to raise awareness of the global epidemic of chemsex through their art, continuing the much-needed conversation about this issue.
In Conversation: Xiaodong YU
Xiaodong YU is a renowned Chinese artist who has made significant contributions to the world of printmaking and digital art. Xiaodong's artistic vision is deeply rooted in his advocacy for the balance between humans and nature and his works are a testament to his commitment to coexisting harmoniously with the environment, serving as a powerful reminder of the importance of environmental conservation.
In conversation: Xiaofan Jiang
Xiaofan Jiang is a transdisciplinary designer, artist, and the founder of Underground Art And Design. Jiang uses design-led methods to construct frameworks for engagement and story-telling, uplift voices for marginalized communities, and amplify their visions for a more equitable future.
In Conversation: Gulbin Ozdamar Akarcay
Gulbin Ozdamar Akarcay is a Turkish photographer and researcher whose works reflect her commitment to understand the cultural, ideological, environmental, and sociological order of the world, as well as the ordinary structures of daily life, by reading, using and producing images, which will hopefully open up new doors to the future.
In Conversation: Beata May
In Beata May's works, she emphasizes the independence of women and the heroism of many women across the world. As a painter, she works with brush and paint to create art that escapes the present showing a deep fascination for art as an experience, a dialogue, a story to be heard and comprehended.