REBECCA PYLE is both painter and writer. She has lived in Alaska, London, New York, and Kansas, among other places: she now lives at the foot of many mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. Poems and stories of hers appear in Healing Muse, Stoneboat, and, soon, Wisconsin Review. In Salt Lake City, she is a member of the writing group, The King’s English, and the writing / performance troupe, Simple Simple. Images of her artwork appear in Raven Chronicles, Hawai’i Review, Inklette, and New England Review. She is an oil painter. More of her paintings can be seen in rebeccapyleartist.com.
When I was fourteen,
she’d spend her days in front
of the ironing board to keep
my father’s pockets tucked
with the crisp, white
handkerchiefs she’d press;
hours of devotion
in front of General Hospital.
The spike of her cigarette
burned flower stems of smoke
from the wide glass ashtray
stationed at the end of her board—
the glossy shift of sunlight
diffused through the half-drawn
drapes of the unwashed
living room window, an early twilight
and the hiss of hot iron
scorching the starched cotton flat—
the corners halved, pressed,
halved, pressed again
with the clean formality
of the iron’s sibilation,
the litany of:
fold hiss fold hiss fold hiss.
Lord have mercy.
LORRAINE HENRIE LINS is a Pennsylvania Poet Laureate in Bucks County and serves as the Director of New and Emerging Poets with Tekpoet. She is the author of a full-length book of poetry entitled, All the Stars Blown to One Side of The Sky (VAC Poetry) and two chapbooks. Her work appears in journals, anthologies and magazines both in print and online. Born and raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, this Jersey Girl now resides outside of Philadelphia with her family and several dogs, where she has learned to pump her own gas.
ASHLYN METCALF is an introvert, painter, creative writing nut, and artist. She studied art education at Northeastern State University and worked in education for 4 years. Moving towards painting full time felt natural although ‘a task difficult as hell’. Metcalf lives and paints in Tulsa, Oklahoma where the cicadas hum on summer nights.
Artist Statement: “My art is inspired by Lithuanian archeologist Marija Gimbutas and her controversial “Goddess Theory”. I produce feminist art, honoring the matriarchal societies from the Neolithic period.”
ANDRÉA ACKER is a visual artivist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She studied art at the Maharishi University of Management, where Transcendental Meditation is part of the curriculum. For her, making art is a spiritual practice. With her art, Andréa honors the Matriarchal Societies and inspires the viewer with a Neolithic Goddess centered worldview; with the intention of creating a more peaceful and compassionate world. For more of her work: andreaacker.com
Artist Statement: “I paint on discarded library books, paper, and wood panels. I began painting on discarded library books in college. It resonated with me on many levels. Exploring libraries, garage sales, resale shops, and forgotten places to search for books was a tangible (and enjoyable) task between inspirations. And this process has developed organically into my practice today. The ideas I receive from between discarded pages always lead me to interesting places.
For this series a narrative had began to form. One in which skeletons were vestiges of gods, talking to cicadas, breathing into them ideas, dreams, visions. At dusk in my studio, Oklahoma cicadas would hum. I tuned into their chanting, their meditation, and it felt like tuning into a collective consciousness of ideas. Cicadas would become my eyes and I could see stories, words, and letters fall into place.”
ASHLYN METCALF is an introvert, painter, creative writing nut, and artist. She studied art education at Northeastern State University and worked in education for 4 years. Moving towards painting full time felt natural although ‘a task difficult as hell’. Metcalf lives and paints in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the cicadas hum on summer nights.
j4 is a collective of four persons, all given names beginning with j, who are compelled to explore transindividual composition
Artist Statement: “My work reflects my interest in the private/public domains of the home. Using the daily routine as an inspiration, my paintings are intended to be scenes of comfort. While they are familiar scenes, they lack clarity. Using rapid application, drawing, or keeping the board or canvas visible, I want my paintings to represent candidness as well as the idea of fleeting memory. Creating diary-like works on Mylar, I am cataloging the inner thought that goes on behind every day. The home is associated with the feeling of comfort and being safe. I want these paintings to reflect that while targeting themes of anxiety, restlessness, and the anticipation of change.”
ALISON KRUSE was born in Princeton, New Jersey. Alison Kruse is graduating from Queen’s University with a degree in Fine Art. Her work reflects her interest in the private/public domain of the home. Using the daily routine as an inspiration, her work is intended to be scenes of comfort while still hinting at underpinnings of anxiety, restlessness, and the anticipation of change. Heavily inspired by Nordic art, her style is expressive Impressionism.
THANDOKUHLE MSIBI is a nineteen-year-old artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. He can be best described as “the radiant 2nd child” or “the modern day Basquiat” as possesses similar skills of art and ethics when working. His work is just, thoroughly honest. Thando possesses this type of eccentric nature which helps set him apart and create timeless works of art. He makes all the radiance of his energy seem channeled with every piece he creates. He does not limit himself; he explores and experiments quite a lot, but, most importantly, he does what he feels, regardless of how it’s going to be received. Because in the end whether his work is understood, or misunderstood, it boils down to being another art contribution; it can either make you feel something, provoke a certain kind of emotion or, a certain thought. But as his inner energy is channeled into his work, then that alone is just him voicing his feelings out to the observer and receiver of his work.