Two Pieces

Artist Statement

Afloat on Antithesis is a take on representing the struggles of existing in our patriarchal societies (its not specific to women or those who identify as women, but we are more often the targets patriarchy). It describes that no matter what scars we carry, no matter if our hearts and minds and bodies are breaking into pieces, the world expects us to always be impeccable.

When I Met Emerson on the Other Side is psychedelic art, an effort to present a surreal dreamlike space inspired by various philosophies such as transcendentalism and bits of communism, feminism etc.



SHARON GAYEN, is a corporate drone by the day and an artist by the night. She is based out of Hyderabad and takes a keen interest in Pointillism, Kirie, Psychedelic, Doodling and has recently ventured into cyberpunk inspired art. She works with a variety of medium ranging from watercolors to charcoal, her favorite medium being ink on paper. Having spent a lot of her life by the sea, she draws inspiration from crashing waves and crustaceans. She loves translating her favorite pieces of literature into art. She is also fascinated by circles, triangles and trapezoids, often incorporating them into her work.

Telling Mirrors hanging on Portraits

Artist Statement

Being a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, I find orphan boys— popularly referred to as Almajiris— roam the streets with plastic bowls seeking alms. It is a sight that always leaves me overwhelmed the extent to which empathy allows me. It is no news that Africa still struggles with hunger, malnutrition, child labour, disease, and many other ills that greatly affects the survival of its teeming young.

            It might interest you to know that this photo is— in some way— a self portrait. It is true that I have come to see the bodies of black boys as canvases on which to paint my current state of mind/reality, and also to share memories of my gloomy past. There’s the experiences of struggles with depression, misery, lack, neglect, pressure, hopelessness, and many more striking themes replete in my works.

            Below, you’ll find an image that is telling. Visual art that is pregnant with feeling, emotions. You’ll hear whispers that invite you to a sacred fellowship of experiences, as far as empathy allows you. This captures my heart cry for Africa/humanity to consider her own, & it is also subtle protest against societal norms that are unfair, unjust, & brutal. It gives voice, especially, to the boy child, who— in this part of the world— is being subjected into so much hardship only fair to a beast-of-burden.


‘Telling Mirrors hanging on Portraits,’ Digital Art, 2020

MARTINS DEEP is a Nigerian poet & photographer. He is passionate about documenting muffled stories of the African experience in his poetry & visual art. Writing from Kaduna, or whichever place he finds himself, the acrylic of inspiration that spills from his innermost being tends to paint various depictions of humanity/life in his environment. His creative works have appeared, or are forthcoming in Barren Magazine, Chestnut Review, Mineral Lit Mag, Agbowó Magazine, Writers Space Africa, Dream Glow, Suburban Review, Variant Literature, & elsewhere. He is also the brain behind Shotstoryz Photography and can be reached via Twitter: @martinsdeep1

Double Vision

Artist Statement

The overlapping segments and perspectives in this self-portrait depict the complexities of my identity; I cannot be summed up in a single phrase or idea, but am instead a multifaceted work in progress.


‘Double Vision,’ Digital Illustration, 2020

CARLY CHAN is an artist and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work often revolves around her experiences and the cultures around her, culminating in art that seeks to express perspectives and aid local communities. Carly has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, Anthropologie, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Some of her other work can be found online at carlychan.com.

Two Pieces

Artist Statement

What humans create can never touch the quintessential beauty that we aspire to reach. As an artist, I am always searching for something.



JESSICA MA is a rising senior at Carlmont High School in California. She has studied art for eight years, with a focus in acrylics and color to depict the surreal world that she observes. She wants her art to shock and provoke people into reconsidering their relationship with themselves and the world. She is also an avid photographer and loves to capture friends and family in their daily activities. When she can, she overindulges in mango ice cream and writes short stories. 

Scrutiny

‘Scrutiny,’ Acrylic on canvas, 2020

SRIN LAHIRI is a Dallas based artist who creates art about the trials facing women of color in order to erase harmful stereotypes.

Our Favorite Writing Prompts

It’s that time of year when the weather is changing, the world is being quarantined and folks are looking for new sources of inspiration and solace. Check out some of Inklette’s favorite writing prompts below to spark your creativity!



PROMPT 1

You’re sitting across the table from a character from your current work in progress. How do you start the conversation? What do you talk about? Are they talkative or reticent, joyous or subdued? Do they answer questions freely? What do they ask you? What do they notice about the world?


PROMPT 2
(Best done in a walkable place)

Pick a number between 1 and 10. Start walking, and when you reach an intersection, flip a coin. Heads, you go right; tails, you go left. Do this for as many times as the number you picked in the beginning. Write a short story set in the location that you end up in.


PROMPT 3

Choose an object near you or in front of you. Do each of these for five minutes: Ask questions to the object. Describe the object in as much detail as possible. Write the origin story of the object. Write a first-person narrative from the point of view of the object. Draw associations with the object– what else does it look like, what does it remind you of, what does it make you think– and talk about it without naming the object, using metaphors or similes. 


PROMPT 4 

Make a list of topics you would never write about, followed by a list of words you would never use. Then, write a poem on one of those topics and use as many of those words as you can.


PROMPT 5

Choose any letter from A-Z. Write the first stanza without using the letter you chose. Now choose a second letter. Write the second stanza without using the second letter as well as the first letter you chose. Keep going for 5-6 stanzas in the same way.



Five Pieces

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ALEXIS CORTEZ, or who is more often known by the name “LUNA” is a 22 year old Visual Artist born out of Southern California. Luna hopes to captivate her viewers through the figurative expression of the human body and the subtle connotations of her own personal connections as both an artist, a LGBTQ+ woman, and as well as her journey of dealing with Bipolar disorder.