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Where The Magic Lies: An Interview With Karyn Crisis

It’s difficult to recall now, with which facet of the incredible force of nature that is Karyn Crisis that I first became familiar. Was it her voice? Oscillating passionately between infernal hisses and howls and seraphic coos and incantations, her searing vocals are both unmistakable and unforgettable. Perhaps it was her art: once you’ve seen any of her original oil […]

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Good With A Knife: The Papercut Art Of Ivonne Carley

San Diego, CA-based artist Ivonne Carley’s enthusiastic penchant for blades might give one pause, if one didn’t know the sort of slicing and slashing that she indulged in. No, this knife-wielding creator is not lurking around shadowy corners chuckling low, awaiting the throat of an unsuspecting passer-by. No, indeed! Ivonne instead has translated this fondness for sharpened […]

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Christina Mrozik: Metamorphosis, Quietus, and In-betweens

Although I can’t remember when I first discovered the work of Midwest-born, Portland, OR-based artist Christina Mrozik, I know I was already aware of her the first time I got to see some of it in person, right here in Portland at a group exhibition at the Antler Gallery in 2016. That was where I met a marvelously surreal piece, […]

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Elemental- Iris Van Herpen Takes Our Breath Away

Iris Van Herpen’s Aeriform collection explores the elemental nature of air and water. Flowing over and around the models, Van Herpen’s signature structural forms mimic bubbles, waveforms, splashes- places where air and water meet and mingle. The show, however, goes beyond the collection. As a visceral foil to the playful lightness of the collection, Van […]

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Portals Of Power: KillDie’s Crystal Marys

If there’s anything my hallowed altar has been missing (first step, Sarah–make an altar) but if there WERE anything lacking, I can tell you right now that it’s a hollowed out blessed Virgin Mary that’s been filled with filled with delicate, rosy-hued crystals, exuding gentle energies of compassion and peace and shimmering with grace and sacred intention. […]

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Brooke Shaden: Visceral Visual Narratives

Every so often I encounter lists of wonderful words that describe emotions for which there are no English equivalents. (Saudade remains my most favorite.) Brooke Shaden accomplishes the same feat with photography, complex and raw emotions expressed in single square narrative images. The very first time I saw one of Brooke Shaden’s self-portraits she’d squeeze herself into a freezer for a piece […]

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The Somber Poetry Of Dreams: The Collage Art Of Hidden Velvet

The enigmatic artist known as Hidden Velvet seemed to appear on my radar overnight, and yet, whilst gazing at the somber elegance of her surreal collages, I feel that I have been carrying velvety fragments of her assemblages with me, tucked into the shadowy corners of my heart, for all of my life. A floating cloud softly obscures […]

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Artist, Chemist, Goofball: Catching Up With Tyler Thrasher

When I was in the sixth grade and it was the dreaded Science Fair projects time of the year (did everyone hate this as much as I did? Or was a just a really awful student?) my grandfather hit upon the grand idea that we were going to grow crystals in both salt solutions and sugar […]

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A Final Look At Sabat Magazine: The Crone Issue

The Crone issue, the final chapter in Sabat Magazine’s life cycle, arrived in my mailbox this weekend.  The timing is interesting; I’ve been reflecting often lately on this ancient archetype, ruminating on a chapter in my own life that has recently ended, with the loss of my own beloved crone, my 96 year old grandmother and family […]

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Expedition Report: Viktor Wynd’s Wunderpunk Cabinet of Curiosities

At a glance, The Last Tuesday Society may look like a petite, old-timey bar, with jaunty white motifs snaking across a black facade, but passersby should look again: the motifs are actual snakes and trees bearing fantastic fruit. High above the window looking out on Mare street in East London’s Hackney neighborhood is a sign […]

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The Poignant Beauty of Anne ten Donkelaar’s Broken Butterflies

For all their splendid colours, intricate patterns, and exquisite shapes, I find the most beautiful aspect of butterflies is how all those characteristics occur in such fragile, short-lived bodies. They remind me of a favorite line written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Beautiful and Damned: “There’s no beauty without poignancy and there’s no poignancy without the feeling […]

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Unsettling Ceramics by Sarah Duyer

All we want to do today is chase after this skittering teapot creature, which is the work of San Francisco-based ceramic artist and painter Sarah Duyer and undoubtedly contains some incredibly powerful elixir. Duyer also created these marvelous skeleton and severed finger ring bowls, both of which look like perfect places to store all the Blood Milk jewels we […]

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The Serene, Savage, and Surreal Embroidery of Adipocere

Not being a particularly crafty or artsy person, most works of art seem like the stuff of genius and magic to me–and the humans whose hands call this artistry into being, magicians of a most brilliant caliber. Their talents and techniques, methods and processes appear as arcane practices; creative rites of which I will never, and […]

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Delicate and Unflinching: The Art of Nicomi Nix Turner

Each time I see fresh work from the hand of Nicomi Nix Turner, I feel I am plunged headlong into the lost and forgotten pages of an adventuring biologist’s or botanist’s journal, recovered from former expeditions into secret realms. Human and flora, fungi and bone, beetle and animal are examined in delicate, unflinching detail, and are at turns both […]

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Scary Stories Tribute Art Exhibit Is Beautifully Terrifying

Earlier this month we were alerted to a new kind of art exhibit by John Squires at Bloody Disgusting: work inspired by the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books was on display from 7pm to 12am in a small San Antonio, Texas gallery, whose Instagram served as a live feed for those of […]

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Mysterious Maidens and Menacing Idylls: The Paintings of Stephen Mackey

Because the (admittedly fictional) Pevensie children discovered a magical portal to the land of Narnia in their caretaker’s wardrobe, I’m convinced that my house must somewhere conceal a gateway to the fairy-tale oil paintings of British artist Stephen Mackey, a land rich in haunting symbolism, as beautiful as it is disquieting. Inspired by oil paintings from the […]

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Season of the Witch: Spring/Break in NYC

Debuting at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NYC on March 1, Sarah Potter presents “Season of the Witch”, a group exhibition of six artists boldly expressing themselves via various mediums. “Season of the Witch” reflects on the ways artists engage in ritual to reveal their deeply personal beliefs and spirituality through the creation of their artwork. The […]

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Unfolding A Daydream: The Art Of Amy Earles

One might experience a peculiar frisson of nostalgia while gazing at the wistful, winsome subjects of  artist Amy Earle’s earlier works. Reminiscent of  the illustrated plates in a mysterious storybook, dusty and hidden far back in grandmother’s closet and tucked the soft folds of a moth-eaten antique quilt; a discovery stumbled upon one rainy afternoon while the […]