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.

Us

Artist Statement: The collages are a part of a larger body of works on a concept named Us. The inexhaustible theme of the relationship between human nature with its social constitution is displayed through juxtaposition and duality in the materialization of the concept. The visual approach to the problem of the individual-society, man-woman, human-nature-social norm is interpreted in layers, in parts, gradually removing redundant information in order to provide insight on the uniqueness of existence.



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ANA JOVANOVSKA received her M.A. in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts – University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia (2016). Upon receiving a scholarship she spent time studying abroad attending École supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg in France (2013-2014). Ana had 10 independent and more than 100 group exhibitions in Macedonia and abroad in countries such as: Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, USA, UK and so on.

Subtle Ladies

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‘Subtle Ladies,’ grayscale digital scan of original brush and pen and ink drawings on watercolor paper with digital text added, 2019


JOHN VIEIRA‘s visual art (digital, and in various physical media) has steadily appeared in print in small presses and in gallery and museum group shows in the U.S. and in over a dozen other countries, as well as appearing in mainstream anthologies and reference books, including The Art of Typewriting (Thames & Hudson, 2015) and A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, 2nd edition (New York: Schirmer Books, 2000).

Portrait of A Lady Wicca

Artist Statement: Whatever technique I use, my goal is to catch the expression deep inside the character. For me, the portrait is the mirror of the soul of the model…of the painter too. There is a lot of me in my portraits, mixed with a lot of my models.


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‘Portrait of A Lady Wicca,’ Acrylic on Wood, 2019


DOMINIQUE DÈVE is a french painter. His expressionist figurative style allows him to exhibit in Paris, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Sheffield. ArtMajeur Golden Award In 2018, he obtained ArtCheval Medal in 2019. « The portrait is the mirror of the soul, of the model, of the painter. »