We sent out a call to our artists to send us their creative interpretations of “rebirth”. With Spring around the corner, we’re looking forward to seeing a rebirth in nature as well as a rebirth of creativity. Following our call, the following 40 artists were chosen. We hope you are inspired by their versions of rebirth.
Warning: a few pieces are NSFW
Sunny Lei (Photographer) Australia
Dan Lish (Illustrator) England
Kyle TM (Illustrator) South Carolina, United States
Sophie Chambers (Poet) United States
For the Light
There is a girl
in front of me.
There is a tear
down her face.
We meet each other here-
across a low table,
beneath a large clock.
We are repairing
that only she can touch.
We are deciphering
we can only read together.
soaks into her cheek
and I imagine
deep into her core,
where a small tree
is growing, and thirsting
for the light.
Alessandro Michelazzi (Photographer/Videographer) Florence, Italy
Hortense Le Calvez and Mathieu Goussin (Sculptors) France
Jeffrey Philip Nelson (Singer/Songwriter) Redondo Beach, CA
Logo Oluwamuyiwa Adeyemi (Natural Light Fine Art Photographer) Nigeria
Baptism in Christian religion as practiced in West Africa
Julie Mallis (Painter & Video Artist) Pittsburgh, PA
Chantal Van Den Broek (Photographer) Netherlands
Annette Zer (Photographer) Germany
Laura Christensen (Mixed Media Artist) Massachusetts, United States
Pauline Greefhorst (Photographer) Montpellier, France
Konmark (Photographer/Fine Artist) Greece
T J Brearton (Writer) New York, United States
I remember the first time I saw her, weeks before the dead body turned up in the melting snow of spring.
I’d first gone to a Rennie festival as sort of a joke, telling myself I was going use the experience as something to write about. It had taken a couple years to admit that I was into Renaissance nostalgia in the first place. But I had met a guy there who said he held organized field trips to other festivals around the region.
It was on the first field trip that I met E.B. She had these big brown eyes and long brown hair – not the kind you see in magazines where every strand has been manicured, but normal hair, natural hair, the kind the real Guinevere would’ve had. Wavy and flowing and sable. There’s this feeling – hey you’re not supposed to be here. And at the same time there’s the feeling that yes, you are indeed supposed to be here. Those doe-eyes she had, they looked up at me and across a field of Rennie performers. A knight and a dame about to do battle. We met eyes through crisscrossed swords.
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Danielle Mulcahy (Illustrator/Filmmaker/Multimedia Artist) United States
Jacqueline Ingle (Photographer) Australia
Nika Ostby (Photographer) Florida, United States
Dezadie (Digital Multimedia Artist) London, England[hdwplayer id=2]
Grégorie A. Meyer (Digital Artist) United Kingdom
Francois Pretorius (Graphic Artist/Illustrator) South Africa
Hannry (Illustrator) United States
Jakub Niedziela (Visual Artist) Poland
Jonathan Aguilar (Painter) Oklahoma, United States
Gigi Engle (Writer) New York City, United States
You Get What You Think You Deserve
Lawrence and I were sitting on her couch in the west village, lamenting over the absurd fashion party we had just been to. It was at a sports club and had a cash bar. The swag bag had dressing in an aerosol can it and we were dismayed.
The conversation quickly took a turn to the subject of men as I sipped my glass of discount wine and she rifled through her movie selection.
We’ve both been on Tinder for a few weeks and have been getting rather weary. Lawrence asked me what she should do about a certain finance guy she’d met but was far too short and ten years too old. She said he seemed nice, but—there always seems to be a “but.”
I suddenly wondered: why does there need to be a “but?” Why am I agreeing to spend time with these men who are always “nice, but,” “funny, but,” “charming, but?”
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Ayushi Agarwal (Photographer) India
Manasi Sose (Painter) India
Marcie Dawn (Photographer) San Francisco, United States
Mike Lo (Printmaker) Ohio, United States
Heather Schmaedeke (Photographer) Chicago, United States
Michelle Zhang AKA “Karmaela” (Artist/Illustrator) Australia
Patricia Gapske (Photographer) United States
Bringing Spring to Life
Courtnee Papastathis (Artist/Photographer/Composer) Seattle, United States
Dimas Melfi (Illustrator/Photographer) Argentina
Peter Mammes (Artist) South Africa
Seray Niyazi (Photographer) Australia
Sophie Pellegrini (Photographer) Washington D.C., United States
Beau Sperry (Poet) Salt Lake City, United States
for Chase Alexander Saxton
The reason I say I am from Colorado
Is a refusal to explain.
Why I traded my first-born’s vertebrae
for a bowl of Sego stems in famine
and tattooed the receipt above my shoulderblade—
a gift of aching: the reciprocity of exchange.
Shane Watt (Cartographer/Artist) Montreal, Canada
Danielle Karagannis (Photographer/Filmmaker) Los Angeles, United States
Extra: Editor Contribution
Here’s my take – Chris, NS Editor