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MULTI FEMMES BY NOMI CHI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nomi Chi is a tattooer and visual artist currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a BFA in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and she is a resident tattooer at Gastown Tattoo Parlour.

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Images produced within their painting and drawing practices display a heightened sense of emotive drama, often composing animal and human figures, in varying degrees of fictitious construction, as stand-ins for personal experiences and observations on human nature. Their current focus takes interest in power relations and ontological distinctions between individuals, and between the individual/environment. Multi-breasted, multi-limbed, femme-bodied creatures and figures populate the worlds they create, with the intention of—among other things—calling to question notions of femininity, and by proxy gender as a whole. Interactions between these figures signify Chi’s interests in depicting sexuality, ritual, and the search for identity.

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CHAIN OF EVENTS BY ARCHAN NAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Archan Nair is a self- taught visual artist, illustrator and Digital Artist, specializing in mixed media, illustration, and digital art. His visual expressions are part of a journey which is really influenced by the mysteries of our existence and how every action, emotion, and our interconnectedness in a universal scale sets of a chain of reactions which we experience from the micro to the macro scale.

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THE PANORAMA OF MARTA ZAFRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Marta Zafra currently works  as a freelance illustrator and artist. Her work delicately covers a panorama of varied subject and content. The chosen treatment for her illustrations exhibits a careful solid base in draughtsmanship combined acutely with a subtle intuition for color, mixed both by hand and digitally. Her interest in figuration lies in the detailed depiction of the quotidian through personalized notions of family and the familiar. Whether it be botanical illustrations or the portrayal of animals and people, her decisions for each composition are strangely unique and precise. The familiar is often transformed into the bizarre, the past is often revisited and the real is made unreal.

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