Shenyah Webb – Nailed Magazine https://nailedmagazine.com Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:58:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Artist Feature: Tiffany B Chanel https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-tiffany-b-chanel/ Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:00:34 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17158 Self-taught artist and educator Tiffany B Chanel is driven by passion and purpose. Through her kaleidoscopic portraiture, she depicts pop icons and everyday people with unapologetic vibrancy, and aims to illuminate the inner beauty within each of her subjects.   “Music plays a big part in my creative process. I listen to songs that have […]

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Self-taught artist and educator Tiffany B Chanel is driven by passion and purpose. Through her kaleidoscopic portraiture, she depicts pop icons and everyday people with unapologetic vibrancy, and aims to illuminate the inner beauty within each of her subjects.
 

“Music plays a big part in my creative process. I listen to songs that have to do with love, hurt, joy, pain, and anything that can trigger an emotion. I allow myself to feel everything, replay moments that were hard, embrace new moments in my life, and just be vulnerable in the safest place that I know: my studio. So sometimes I say “I poured my heart out on this painting” and it just means that the emotions allowed me to connect to the subject in a way that can be inexplicable.

My portraits are of real people. Some are well known, some are socialites, some are people who I randomly decided to paint after falling in love with their facial features or maybe I read something about them. I never have to look for inspiration. I am inspired by anything and everything. Thankfully, I just see exactly what I want to do. I have always been moved to bring things to life. I was never content with hearing it is not possible when it came to what I want to do.”

 

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Emerging artist, Tiffany B Chanel began her artistic career in 2012 designing custom-painted sneakers, before shifting her focus toward fine art portraiture. After an Instagram repost by Tamara Mowry, resulting in one of her works going viral, Tiffany garnered the attention of numerous collectors and immersed herself in New York’s gallery scene. Based out of her Bedford Stuyvesant in-home studio (Studio 422), Tiffany leads monthly “Beyond the Layout” paint-and-sip sessions and is hired by local nonprofits, churches, and schools to facilitate professional development classes for children and adults. She has created several commissioned portraits has been featured in several publications.

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Artist Feature: Stephanie Buer https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-stephanie-buer/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:00:19 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17086   Stephanie Buer moved from rural Michigan to Detroit when she was 19 and spent the next decade photo-documenting the dilapidated, yet rich landscapes that once thrived there. In charcoal and oil she captures the stillness of these abandoned relics, structures surrendered to the encroaching entropy. There is something special in witnessing the creaking bones […]

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Stephanie Buer moved from rural Michigan to Detroit when she was 19 and spent the next decade photo-documenting the dilapidated, yet rich landscapes that once thrived there. In charcoal and oil she captures the stillness of these abandoned relics, structures surrendered to the encroaching entropy. There is something special in witnessing the creaking bones of old Detroit as time and neglect take their toll, the city slowly succumbing to nature.

Detroit is changing, yes, but nothing can erase its potent history – once it’s inside you, it’s there to stay. This is what shaped Buer and her aesthetic, and continues to live on through her work.

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I have an intimate appreciation of urban desolation and a love for the once prosperous buildings that have been abandoned to time and the elements. In the juxtaposition between decay and growth, I find a place that echoes the peace I find in nature, with its endless cycles of change.

Part of the power in my work comes from the absence of human figures in a place clearly marked by them. Rather than allowing distant observation as narrative, I draw viewers in to witness the space that people have left behind, compelling them to personally experience these modern relics that have been condemned by society.
 

The simultaneously idyllic, yet derelict scenes challenge viewers to question their notions of beauty, while the detailed texture and depth that is characteristic of my work invites them to explore these places personally, as I do while taking the photographs from which I work.

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Stephanie Buer, now based in Portland, has spent over a decade observing the urban landscapes in Detroit, MI where she received her BFA from The College for Creative Studies in 2006. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, and in France and Japan since 2010. Her next solo exhibition will take place at the Thinkspace Gallery in LA on January 5th, 2019.

 

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Artist Feature: Mequitta Ahuja https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-mequitta-ahuja/ Thu, 04 Oct 2018 12:00:36 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17016   Self-portraiture is one of the bravest forms of art making. As we do, these self-reflections come in many, many forms. Artists depict themselves through the simplest actions, such as the lighting of matches, to the most extravagant of circumstances the imagination can drum up. Self-portrait artist Mequitta Ahuja describes her earlier work as “automythography…a combination of personal narrative with […]

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Self-portraiture is one of the bravest forms of art making. As we do, these self-reflections come in many, many forms. Artists depict themselves through the simplest actions, such as the lighting of matches, to the most extravagant of circumstances the imagination can drum up. Self-portrait artist Mequitta Ahuja describes her earlier work as “automythography…a combination of personal narrative with cultural and personal mythology.” In her most recent bodies of work, this narrative reflects how she sees herself as a maker. She describes, “My body of work documents my development as a maker and as a thinker. I want my viewers to see what I see and to see how I visually problem-solve, which is a way of thinking. I want the viewer to see me in my process of thinking and painting, painting and thinking.”

As the viewer, my experience of Ahuja’s portraits successfully accomplishes this witnessing of her process; the action in her portraits invite us into her space, where we get a glimpse of what her creative process looks and may even sound like. There’s a very powerful witnessing happening. Like an infinity mirror, we get to witness Ahuja as she witnesses herself witnessing herself as an artist.

Ahuja explains that her central intention is to “explore what it is to be a person of color in America, while at the same time moving the genre of self-portraiture away from identity and toward a discourse on picture-making.”  She continues to explain, “This is a key point for me, perhaps the key point. The genre of self-portraiture, especially self-portraits by women, minorities and people of color, has long been understood narrowly as being about identity. But what does it mean to depict the artist in an artwork? For me, that is not about personality or biography; it is about art-making. I present the artist creating and controlling a discourse on representation, and yes, she is a woman of color.” Filling in the gaps of black history through exemplifying her work in the now, she “weaves negatives to form positives.” Ahuja is in full control; she is not only the artist of her work, but the subject, the viewer, and sometimes even the seller.

“I depict the woman in my work, myself, my subject, as self-sufficient and creatively expansive. I see her as myself but also as an emblem, a female archetype—empowered, skillful and abundantly imaginative.”

The gallery below highlights Mequitta Ahuja’s more recent paintings, however, it does also include some older drawings from her Automythography series.

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Mequitta Ahuja (1976), is a Baltimore-based contemporary feminist painter whose parents hail from Cincinnati and New Delhi. She received her BA in 1998 from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and her MFA in 2003 from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Ahuja’s works have been widely exhibited, including venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Saatchi Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges, Baltimore Museum of Art and Grand Rapids Art Museum.

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Becoming Salt by Dario Calmese https://nailedmagazine.com/photography/becoming-salt-dario-calmese/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:00:44 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=photography&p=16824   A photo essay by Dario Calmese. + + + DARIO CALMESE: Alexandra Township – one of the oldest and poorest of South Africa’s apartheid-era townships – is commonly referred to as “Gomorrah” by its residents, in reference to the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the tale, a vengeful god can only find one man, […]

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A photo essay by Dario Calmese.

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DARIO CALMESE: Alexandra Township – one of the oldest and poorest of South Africa’s apartheid-era townships – is commonly referred to as “Gomorrah” by its residents, in reference to the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the tale, a vengeful god can only find one man, Lot, worthy of saving, and allows he and his family safe passage as their village burns to a cinder. His wife, longing to view what became of her compatriots and homeland, looks back and is turned into a pillar of salt.

Alexandra Township lies adjacent to Johannesburg and borders Sandton, “Africa’s Richest Square Mile.” From the dusty and hilly roads of Alex one can view the glistening Sandton City Mall, a bustling retail palace dedicated to the nouveau riche nobility of Johannesburg; a capitalist vision within view, but out of reach.

But what of those left behind? The value of some lives over others is the cornerstone of oppressive structures. Is man not worth saving? At what point do we move beyond redemption to condemnation?

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Dario Calmese Photography Nailed MagazineDario Calmese is an artist and writer based in New York City. Classically trained in the performing arts, he uses photography, video, and text along with his knowledge of movement, gesture, and psychology to create characters and narratives that explore history, race, class, and what it means to be human.

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Photographer Feature: Joshua Zirschky https://nailedmagazine.com/photography/photographer-feature-joshua-zirschky/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:43 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=photography&p=16766 In pursuit of bearing witness to the human condition, Joshua Zirschky utilizes the strength of photography on a global scale. Moved and inspired by his in-depth studies of conflict photography at an early age, Zirschky began executing his process; capturing fragile moments and witnessing realities and lifestyles outside of his own. While working with several non-profit organizations, Joshua […]

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In pursuit of bearing witness to the human condition, Joshua Zirschky utilizes the strength of photography on a global scale. Moved and inspired by his in-depth studies of conflict photography at an early age, Zirschky began executing his process; capturing fragile moments and witnessing realities and lifestyles outside of his own.

While working with several non-profit organizations, Joshua has traveled the world witnessing the human condition and capturing the true colors of his subjects. Unlike many other photojournalists, he gets up close and personal with his subjects, listens to their back stories, connects with them, and at times spends several hours before even shooting one photograph. The result is mesmerizing, images full of substance and honesty, giving us the rare opportunity to look deep into the eyes of these beautiful human subjects from throughout the globe.

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Joshua Zirschky has been practicing the art ofJoshua Zirschky Photography NAILED Magazine photography for 16 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT in 2006. Through volunteer work and freelance photojournalism, he has worked alongside the United Nations, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, African Leadership Partners, The Dominion Trading Co., and The Near East Foundation; each relating to foreign affairs, relief, and development issues. Zirschky has received numerous awards and his work has been published in several print publications. He is available for national and international work and can be contacted here.

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Artist Feature: Cristy C. Road https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-cristy-c-road/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:00:30 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=16712   CRISTY C. ROAD: The Tarot is an ancient spiritual tool that has been rewritten over and over to aid and abet varying value systems and communities. Through each deck’s unique storytelling, authors and artists have been proving that magic is multifaceted, and intuitive systems of divination (like the Tarot) could be accessed by all people. […]

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CRISTY C. ROAD: The Tarot is an ancient spiritual tool that has been rewritten over and over to aid and abet varying value systems and communities. Through each deck’s unique storytelling, authors and artists have been proving that magic is multifaceted, and intuitive systems of divination (like the Tarot) could be accessed by all people. While the Tarot is consistent, it’s always relative to the reader/viewer. We want to find ourselves in our decks, and we want them to tell our story.

My stories are about smashing systematic oppression, owning our truths, being accountable to the people and places that support us, and taking back a connection to your body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing. Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, THE NEXT WORLD TAROT envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love. It is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the reconnection between outcasts and their criminalized identities.

THE NEXT WORLD TAROT is due to be released this month. Pre-order your your set, including 78 Tarot Cards and an accompanying Tarot Reader here.

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Cristy C. Road Art Nailed MagazineCristy C. Road is a Cuban-American artist, writer, and musician. Through visual art, storytelling, and punk rock music, Road has thrived to testify the beauty of the imperfect since she began creating art in her hometown of Miami, FL. She grew up as a self-taught figure drawing artist with a penchant for all things that questioned society and began publishing Green’Zine in 1997. Road graduated from the the Ringling School of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA in Illustration, in order to support her ambition to eventually teach. Road has almost 20 years of independent publishing under her belt, along with years of creating countless illustrations for a slew of magazines, record albums, event posters, and social justice organizations; as well as years of teaching though unconventionally through workshops and lectures across the nation.

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Artist Feature: Meagan Boyd https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-meagan-boyd/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:00:41 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=16617 Shenyah Webb talked to Meagan Boyd about how personal life experience and the divine feminine influence her artwork. + + + MEAGAN BOYD: Through my art, I explore the transcendental realm between dreams and waking life in the context of myth and magic. The work often depicts utopian environments filled with modern day nymphs, spiritual deities, holy beings, […]

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Shenyah Webb talked to Meagan Boyd about how personal life experience and the divine feminine influence her artwork.

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MEAGAN BOYDThrough my art, I explore the transcendental realm between dreams and waking life in the context of myth and magic. The work often depicts utopian environments filled with modern day nymphs, spiritual deities, holy beings, and party monsters, relishing the interconnectivity between all animals, humans, and nature.
My work is informed by many things, but the divine feminine is a huge source of inspiration. I am a feminist and have always been interested in exploring ancient feminine symbols and I am interested in retelling mythical narratives in a way that empowers and connects me to other women.

The most relevant experiences I’ve had that contribute to my inspiration as an artist are moments of transcendence that can most easily be described as “spiritual.” Moments in which I feel less alone and isolated within myself — connected to nature, ancestors, and perhaps the mystical dream realm. I try to depict these feelings in a poetic vision, keeping these narratives primitive and raw to maintain their purity. I like to create in a childlike way and find it crucial to conjure joy in everything I make.

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Meagan Boyd will be holding a solo exhibition, Neon Fauves through September 1st at the Leiminspace, located at 443 Lei Min Way in Los Angeles, CA. The exhibition serves as the latest iteration of the artist’s bold investigations into spirituality, religious symbolism, and the Occult, comprised of acrylic and watercolor paintings on canvas and paper.
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Meagan Boyd Art Nailed MagazineMeagan Boyd, b. 1987, lives and works in the dark paradise, often referred to as Los Angeles. Using an explosive color palate along with intricate line-work, her freakishly folkish style combines the nostalgic essence of the fauves juxtaposed with a neon-like urban glow. She attended California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, CA from August 2013-2014 and Chaffey College, Fine Arts in Rancho Cucamonga, CA from August 2005-December 2008. She has held several group and solo exhibitions.
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Artist Feature: Megumi Toyosawa https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-megumi-toyosawa/ Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:03 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=16593 The paintings of emerging artist Megumi Toyosawa aim to depict issues of self-esteem and her social struggles as a teen. It can take a lifetime to shed the wounds of our teenage selves, which often result in problems with self-worth. Utilizing oil paint as her medium, Toyosawa executes these personal challenges beautifully. I asked Megumi […]

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The paintings of emerging artist Megumi Toyosawa aim to depict issues of self-esteem and her social struggles as a teen. It can take a lifetime to shed the wounds of our teenage selves, which often result in problems with self-worth. Utilizing oil paint as her medium, Toyosawa executes these personal challenges beautifully. I asked Megumi to expand on her work in relation to her teenage struggles.

With self-esteem and self-love as a theme, I paint conflicts of my mind, such as pain through life and my fear of death. The girls in the paintings depict themselves as figures embodying the multifaceted emotions that I possessed during my teenage years.”

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Megumi Toyosawa Art Nailed MagazineMegumi Toyosawa is a Japanese painter, born and based in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Art School in Tokyo in 2010. Since, she received several awards through competitive exhibitions. She has held both solo and group exhibitions throughout Tokyo.

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Photographer Feature: Andi Schreiber https://nailedmagazine.com/photography/photographer-feature-andi-schreiber/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:09:04 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=photography&p=16565 SHENYAH WEBB: I was immediately drawn into the Pretty, Please series when I first explored the candid work of Andi Schreiber. This body of photographs was more than the self-documentation of  a middle-aged woman, it resonated on many levels. I could hear those inner-self conversations when catching my own reflection. When our bodies begin to change with time, our […]

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SHENYAH WEBB: I was immediately drawn into the Pretty, Please series when I first explored the candid work of Andi Schreiber. This body of photographs was more than the self-documentation of  a middle-aged woman, it resonated on many levels. I could hear those inner-self conversations when catching my own reflection.

When our bodies begin to change with time, our first reaction is to resist. Society whispers through us that it’s ugly, imperfect, no longer touchable or desirable – the truth is that with age, comes a knowing, a healing of life wounds begins to happen and continues to happen, we learn to know how to love ourselves and our bodies. What better time to be touched and desired!? Pretty, Please embodies just this. Shreiber captures the true parts with all of its sexiness with being a middle-aged woman. Each photo speaking to the next and to each other, giving presence and meaning to even the still lifes.

ANDI SCHREIBER: These photographs, from the ongoing series Pretty, Please, are begging you to look. Envelop me with your eyes and do not let go.

When I was in my thirties I heard the expression “Invisible Forties.” I couldn’t imagine how sexually inconsequential I’d feel throughout this decade.

This series is interwoven with my domestic existence. I’m a devoted partner and constant caretaker. Despite expansive growth, something has dimmed. The need for pleasure is no longer a priority.

Midlife is like a second adolescence filled with feelings of uncertainty regarding sexuality. Our hearts may be deeply connected to a long-term partner but our bodies get bored. Turning the camera on myself has allowed me to take stock as a chapter closes.

I want to remain vibrant. I want my body to be useful. Disappearing is not an option.

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Andi Schreiber Photography Nailed MagazineAndi Schreiber (American, b. 1966) is a fine art and documentary photographer. A lifelong New Yorker, Andi was born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island and currently lives in suburban Westchester County with her husband and two sons. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan and was a photojournalist in the Boston area before returning to New York to work as a magazine and newspaper picture editor. Her photographs have appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications. Andi is also a photography instructor/mentor, blogger, event photographer and founder of Eye Candy Editions, a bookmaking venture.

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Artist Feature: Britt Snyder https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-britt-snyder/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:00:53 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=16520 Everyday moments delicately muddled through a rainy palette. A fly on the wall peering into the stillness. Each instance depicted with just enough space to fill the gaps of ghostly traces with our own narrative. Through the work of Britt Snyder, my narrative is quiet and simple. I can smell the earth and hear the […]

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Everyday moments delicately muddled through a rainy palette. A fly on the wall peering into the stillness. Each instance depicted with just enough space to fill the gaps of ghostly traces with our own narrative. Through the work of Britt Snyder, my narrative is quiet and simple. I can smell the earth and hear the small human sounds we make, even through the silence of contemplation. A body of work that speaks softly of the human condition.

“The paintings deliberately don’t have a specific narrative because I want to create a mood and feeling rather than dictate a specific message to the viewer. At least for me, this is what painting and representational art can do so effectively. There is enough on the canvas that is recognizable for the viewer to identify, but I’m keeping symbolism and narrative out of things to put the focus on giving the viewer something to interpret and bring of themselves to the painting.”

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Britt Snyder Art Nailed MagazineBritt Snyder is an oil  painter in the Boston area. Britt currently shows his paintings through The Meyer Gallery in Park City, UT and Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. He has exhibited his paintings in several galleries including Arcadia Contemporary Galley, The Delaware Museum of Art, and Sloane Merrill Gallery. His artwork has been featured in many publications including American Art Collector and The Artist’s Magazine. Britt is the 2016 Grand Prize awardee of The Artist’s Magazine all media competition and awardee of the Portrait Society of America annual conference full tuition scholarship.

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