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Got a Girl Crush On: Elana Adler’s catcall samplers

This series of thirty-two (plus) samplers is intended to be provocative and evoke emotion. It is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of my personal experience. Each captures a moment, giving these words a visual presence, a power, and a state of concreteness. These words were hurled casually and heard quickly but required hours of time-consuming, careful stitching.

The physically delicate, traditionally feminine, form of the piece engages the viewer and confronts him/ her with a sweetness that may mask its crassness and vulgarity.

You read one sampler. Perhaps you are amused, but as you continue reading and consider the body as an entire collection, the response changes. The inherent filth emerges. It is a beautification of an assault. Perhaps in the moment these statements are meant to compliment, but most don’t find vulgar, highly sexualized statements whispered or screamed at them by random strangers complimentary. Rather, they are an invasion of personal space.

The body of samplers is a contemporary and unexpected response to unsolicited and unwanted attention. They reduce the complex emotional experience of being heckled by catcalls to a simple piece of women’s work.

More at www.elanaadler.com/index.php?/other-work/you-are-my-dutchess

Got a Girl Crush On: Kathleen Engman in "Mother as Muse"

In stark contrast to “typical” fashion models, age and other “beauty standards” are directly confronted in these striking photos shot by photographer Charlie Engman of his real-life mother, Kathleen.

(photos: Charlie Engman, via featureshoot)

Got a Girl Crush On: The weirdly beautiful hirsute world of artist Winnie Truong


Got a Girl Crush On: Kooky animal lady, humorist, & illustrator, Lisa Hanawalt

I first was introduced to Lisa’s work by getting bold with a friend and posing in our birthday suits for Mike Perry’s drawing collective marathon, Get Nude, Get Drawn series and was smitten by her take at the could be tried age-old format of live figure drawing (editor’s note - the is not me in the previous link). Upon seeking out her actual portfolio, I can’t stop giggling at the world Lisa creates (like Coyote Doggirl, or Tuca the Toucan who lives in the city).

Check out more of her work over at www.lisahanawalt.com!

(via: lisahanawalt)

Got a Girl Crush On: The Inspired Women of LA

Inspired Women of Los Angeles connects creatives for conscious exploration & collaboration in the arts by hosting exclusive meet-ups, work-shops, parties & a members only network & directory. 

We’re inspired by these ladies who, much in the same vein of this blog (and magazine), works to bridge and support women in their community directly. We think this is a great example for other women to start similar lady tribes in their own towns!

Photographs of their one year anniversary meet-up by IWLA founder Megan Kathleen McIsaac.

(via inspiredwomenofla)

Got a Girl Crush On: Ariana Page Russell’s exploration in turning a hyper sensitive skin condition into art

Sometimes called “skin writing, Dermatographic urticaria is a skin condition in which the flesh becomes raised and inflamed when stroked, scratched, rubbed, or slapped. Brooklyn-based artist Ariana now uses her own body as a canvas by carving intricate patterns, words, and stories onto it and photographing the process. She has even gone on to creating temporary tattoos and wallpaper out of her photos. Some people might be squeamish about it, but I think it’s beautifully fascinating. 

Explore more of her work at arianapagerussell.com

Got a Girl Crush On: Elena Stonaker’s wearable art

LA-based soft-sculpture storyteller (and candidate for most original wedding dress-maker), Elena Stonaker has brought days of playing dress-up into a far-out grown-up next-level territory. Jim Henson’s acid-trip love child comes to mind and I love it.


Got a Girl Crush On: Erin M. Riley and her “Woven Selfies”

We’ve blogged about Erin before, but this is the first installment of GAGC Originals — content created solely for this website.

Erin’s been getting a lot of attention recently—interviewed by Alter Street and on the radio alike, about what it means to be a woman that creates weavings of photos of other women in states of undress. Is it perpetuating a patriarchal subjection of women? Is it commentary on social media and a younger generation seeking outside validation seeing as “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s word-of-the-year in 2013? Or is it just really embracing women as sexual beings and how they express that in a digital age? Could be a bit of all of the former, could just be visually interesting—regardless we think they’re freaking amazing!

She culls Google and Facebook for subjects for her wall-sized tapestries. The viewer is confronted with nudity, used tampons, remnants of sex, drugs, and women posing in front of a mirror with their iPhones. A modern discussion of the permanency of what happens once you upload a photo the the internet is tangibly captured in an ages-old art form. 

Check out more of Erin’s work at www.erinmriley.com!

Got a Girl Crush On: Swoon’s new art installation at the Brooklyn Museum

Run, don’t walk, to Callie’s new exhibit opening TONIGHT!

Brooklyn-based artist Swoon celebrates everyday people and explores social and environmental issues with her signature paper portraits and figurative installations. She is best known for her large, intricately-cut prints wheat pasted to industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

For this exhibition, Swoon creates a site-specific installation in our rotunda gallery, transforming it into a fantastic landscape centering on a monumental sculptural tree with a constructed environment at its base, including sculpted boats and rafts, figurative prints and drawings, and cut paper foliage.

Often inspired by contemporary and historical events, Swoon engages with climate change in the installation as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy that struck the Atlantic Coast in 2012, and Doggerland, a landmass that once connected Great Britain and Europe and that was destroyed by a tsunami 8,000 years ago.

Swoon studied at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and has become active in such humanitarian activities as Konbit Shelter Project, which helps Haitians create sustainable buildings, and Transformazium in Braddock, Pennsylvania, which works with local residents to revitalize their community.

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands
April 11—August 24, 2014