WOMEN BY AFARIN SAJEDI

by Ariadna Zierold

AFARIN SAJEDI, painting, women, portrait, portraiture, faces, surreal, texture, vivid, woman, iran, upper playground

Afarin Sajedi is an Iranian artist that creates soul baring close-ups that make you feel like your spirit has just been scolded.  Afarin is not trying to be a feminist hero or a champion for the Third World.  She is just trying to scope, capture and give a glimpse of the hidden and very often unseen turmoil buried within all of us.

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The use of  small brushstrokes make her paintings that much more lively – the texture encourages the idea of naturalism and un-edited beauty and the color is so vibrant and detailed, like you can see every pore, shadow, freckle, and blemish that exists. Her paintings are huge, so you can see every detail up close too, even better.

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UNEXPECTED JUXTAPOSITIONS BY HENN KIM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Henn Kim is an illustrator from Seoul, Korea. Her minimal and surreal illustrations are heavily evocative; they  suggest deep feelings and emotions through visual connections and unexpected juxtapositions. It’s a free flow of visions and sensations depicted through essential, black and white figures who act in a world of giant objects, metaphoric illustrations of emotions or windows opened on our subconscious.

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DREAMY DREAMWORLD BY SOFIA HYDMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sofia Hydman has taken various courses in photography, illustration and graphic design and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm in 2014. Today she works with personal projects and freelance work.

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Sofia is inspired by empty spaces and has difficulties with drawing straight lines. She works with a number of different techniques, ranging from digital images to graphic design to illustration and drawing. A recurring theme in Sofia’s work is to explore identity and heritage. By working in both digital and analogue mediums she makes pastel-colored tones which creates a narrative and dreamy dreamworld.

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ANTHROPOMORPHIC AMAZONIAN WOMEN BY MAREN KARLSON

by Ariadna Zierold

maren karlson, illustration, women, woman, amazonian, dominatrix, wild, geometric, badass, berlin, upper playground

Berlin based Maren Karlson makes drawings of powerful Amazonian women interfacing in a world of recurrent tropes that range from dominatrix Mickey Mouse, hyper-geometric interiors, and half-burnt cigarettes. The character is mammoth, with undulating arms and an anthropomorphic braid; badass, aggressive and splendid. Her ladies hold their fists high, they’re vulgar and violent and unapologetically beautiful.

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WHIMSICAL PARABLES BY AMY CUTLER

by Ariadna Zierold

amy cutler, illustration, popular culture, pop culture, fairytales, woman, women, womanhood, narrative, upper playground, brooklyn

Brooklyn based Amy Cutler draws from the media, popular culture, fairytales, and her own experiences to convey the complexities of womanhood. At once autobiographical and universal, Cutler’s works are sweet and dark—delicately rendered, whimsical parables illustrating the deleterious effects of the unrealistic expectations that cultures impose on women.

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She received her BFA degree from The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, New York, in 1997. Since her graduation she has rapidly risen to critical acclaim, and her work has been featured in major surveys of contemporary art, importantly the 2004 Whitney Biennial.

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THE DIGITAL COLLAGE WORK OF MADBUTT

by Ariadna Zierold

madbutt, australia, brisbane, collage, surreal, women, woman, digital, handmade, upper playground

Madbutt is a Brisbane, Australia based artist who experiments with hand cut and digital collage using mixed media. She uses her laptop when she is travelling and in between hand cut works. She keeps it simple using an application called Pixelmator.

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When she is doing hand cut collage she uses an xacto scalpel, archival glue, a ruler, pencil and cutting board. She has used different paints in the past but she feels as though she could have more fun using this medium with larger works. She tries to hold off on using vintage materials until she is 100% sure that she has a great concept to work with.

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ABSTRACTLY SHAPED PEOPLE BY ALICE WIETZEL

by Ariadna Zierold

alice wietzel, illustration, woman, women, organic, soft, abstract, people, paris, upper playground

Parisian artist Alice Wietzel’s illustrations display the perfect combination of unforgiving geometry and soft, organic forms. Her images combine dreamy colors with abstractly shaped people and objects whilst avoiding harsh, dark outlines. Wietzel allows various colors to sit next to one another in perfect harmony, leading to dreamlike images that we never want to stop looking at.

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FLUID FEMININE NUDES BY MIRA DANCY

by Ariadna Zierold

mira dancy, women, nude, feminist, woman, painting, neon, upper playground, brooklyn

Brooklyn based Mira Dancy’s bold paintings collate Classicism with advertising culture in order to explore contemporary female issues. Throughout her paintings, Dancy seeks to appropriate the Classic female nude as a contemporary symbol of strength and self-possession.

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Taking a feminist approach, Dancy makes powerful, expressive works centered on the female nude. She works primarily on canvas, but has also branched out into wall painting, neon light pieces, projected images, and even shower curtains.

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Lips Worth Spreading

A woman’s genitalia is often the source of news these days. What can come out of it and when, what can go inside of it and how, how to shave it or let the bush sanctuary thrive, and the like.  Social media will create a holiday and/or hashtag named, “National Vagina Awareness Day” soon enough, and we’ll all be ready.
But, on the island of Japan, artist Megumi Igarashi had another plan for her vaginal lips: to fully express vaginal glory in the form of a kayak. A really wet kayak.
Since this newest installation of pop art hit the waters in 2014, Igarashi has not only been turning heads, but defending herself in court. Having parted the seas on issues pertaining to “obscenity,” Igarashi successfully exposed the hypocrisy of the heavily influenced Japanese porn culture and its “limitations” on censorship.
In 2014, Igarashi took to the Internet to crowd-fund resources to build her art project, and as a gift to her financial supporters, emailed them the 3D instructions so they could print their own vagina kayaks. This week, the Japanese courts ruled that though the kayak itself is considered “pop art” (which is totally okay), the artist went overboard by supplying the 3D instructions to the financial backers, which according to the judge, contributed to the distribution of obscene material (totally illegal in Japan.) The correct procedure is to blur genitalia portrayed in porn, sex, anime and the like, but since this project lacked any over-pixelation censorship in its printing instructions, Igarashi was fined 400,000 yen ($3,670).
From interviews conducted after the ruling, Megumi Igarashi seems to be on the pulse of quivering climaxes. She continues to spread awareness of the double standards pertaining to the expression of female sex/organs as a notion of obscenity propagated by the male perspective.
Megumi Igarashi stated, “I work to reverse the male notion that female sex can only be understood through the prism of obscenity. I’m disappointed this concept hasn’t been understood by the judge.”
Maybe the courts will see things differently now that Igarashi has rocked the boat in international press news. For more vagina power, check out Megumi Igarashi’s memoir on Amazon: “What is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy.”

#NationalVaginaAwarenessDay 

“VENUS OF GOOGLE” BY MATTHEW PLUMMER-FERNANDEZ

by Ariadna Zierold

matthew plummer-fernandez, 3d, venus of google, woman, algorithmic, sculpture, upper playground

Colombian-British artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez explores the use of technology to create an infinity of cultural artifacts. “Venus of Google” is a google image search of a woman modelling a body-wrap garment turned into a 3D printable object.

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Using an algorithmic image-comparison technique, which starts with a plain box shape and tries thousands of random configurations before mutating into something resembling the found image, the project speaks to Plummer-Fernandez’s interest in the paradox of technology as simultaneously advanced and primitive.

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