21st Dec 2013

Marwa Alnajjar, Amman, Jordan: “We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage”

Countries in the Middle East vary a lot. for instance, there is a great difference between Dubai and Afghanistan, but professional women are oppressed all over the world in many ways. I myself have faced a lot of obstacles being a woman artist, yet I knew that women can do everything men could do. The more men have told me, "you can't do that," the more I had to prove them wrong. I had to hold it up for all women who looked up to me to be brave and courageous. We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage. When you have guys that disrespect you, you're gonna have to teach them a lesson, otherwise they are going to keep walking all over you. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is out there; it's not easy. But this also reflects views of the art world in general.

28th Nov 2013

In Defense of Wonder: Conversation with American illustrator Andy Kehoe

I’m offering a world where anything is possible and there is no doubt that magic does happen because the magic is real. All of the fables and stories you read as a kid are not only the reality, they are an everyday part of life.

02nd Nov 2013

Bruno Walpoth, Sculptor, Ortisei, Italy

"When you have doubts, find self-acceptance, and keep going."

25th Oct 2013

Alexandra Manukyan, Figurative Painter, Los Angeles: “Every Solution In Life Requires A Struggle”

These women wear their wounds with pride. Every solution in life requires a struggle. The mistakes of the pasts, the wounds of pain and loss, and the icy stabs of betrayal. And yet none of these specters weigh them down or define their destinies.

19th Oct 2013

Japanese-Born Sculptor Tamae Frame: “It is my nature to create through touch”

Urban life creates a lack of tactile pleasure...We tend to spend too much time in our heads, which makes us imbalanced in our psyche.

18th Oct 2013

Penelope Scambly Schott: “It is the human condition to be in love with language”

More women than you might think have turned to prostitution to survive; sometimes it’s called marriage.

11th Oct 2013

Remember the Red: Reflections on My Father’s Work, by Bork Nerdrum

The red twilight, the turning point, is manifested in the female figure, plunged to the ground by three men – who represent the night. The child symbolizes the vulnerable remaining rays of the sunlight. The moon, which represents the illumination in Heraclit’s model, lights the way through the darkness and reappears as the lantern brandished by one of the soldiers.

11th Oct 2013

The Place for Unhappiness: Interview with Bulgarian poet, Peycho Kanev

I am part of the Balkan tradition. All of these dark memories are part of me, they are inside my blood, inside my mind. They dwell inside me. And, of course, they become part of my poetry, too.

05th Oct 2013

Aleah Chapin, Figurative Painter, New York City

One of the gifts of Aleah Chapin's body-of-work is the idea that true intimacy is achieved first and foremost by revealing oneself honestly. That through vulnerability we are able to deeply connect. One’s imperfections can actually make connection with others deeper, stronger. More real.

05th Oct 2013

Daniel Barkley, Allegorical Figurative Painter, Quebec

I am always telling the kids that there is nothing new under the sun, it is you and what you bring to it that will make it new again.

28th Sep 2013

Mixed Media Photographer, Yuko Ishii

There is always more miracle and magic than we ever realize.

28th Sep 2013

The Quietest Moments: Thirty days of destruction

What are the characteristics of love, after all? Attention, care, affection, eros, mystery, joy, comfort, fear, unity, possession, passion, sincerity. And yes, these are all characteristics of the emergent experience of great art. And the artist’s hand which shapes with care shares all these things.