on coziness and comfortable conviviality, wellness and contentment, and finding happiness in the little things and small pleasures of everyday life
Personally, there’s something disorienting yet familiar about mixed media and collage as seen in the layering and fusing of paper, image, & text, both material and digital. I often wonder at what happens to images when they’re reproduced, reprinted, rescanned in this way- and how this process alters the original image entirely.
For this collage, in reading about hygge, I found a phrase describing it as “creating intimacy, whether alone or together.” And so, this is a love letter to intimacy in transit. For me, there’s a deep comfort in the consuming solitude yet intimate company of public transportation- maybe it’s the anonymity, or the stillness found while in motion, or the process in between coming and going- but it’s a feeling I always find myself wanting to revisit.
Yen Nguyen, Intimacy in Transit (1), mixed media.
Yen Nguyen, Intimacy in Transit (2), mixed media.
Sometimes I make art to demonstrate technique. Other times I make art to challenge the status quo. And other-other times I make art to remember the joy of making and the beauty of not knowing.
Patrick Li (李贝力)
We make the road by making
Reimagined scraps from a single newspaper from THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
This is a series of Asian sauces that I grew up eating. These bottles remind me of home <3
Jane Huynh. Nước mắm, fish sauce. Oil paint on canvas paper.
Jane Huynh. Tương đen, hoisin sauce. Oil paint on canvas paper.
Jane Huynh. Xì dầu Maggi, soy sauce. Oil paint on canvas paper.
Jane Huynh. Nước tương, soy sauce. Oil paint on canvas paper.
Jane Huynh. Dầu mè, sesame oil. Oil paint on canvas paper.
Jane Huynh. Tương ớt, Sriracha. Oil paint on canvas paper.
Jane Huynh. Nước chấm chả giò, sweet chili sauce. Oil paint on canvas paper.
My favorite small joy during quarantine has been taking walks by myself and exploring new places at different times. Being outside in nature makes me feel free and healthy and safe, in a way. The photos I've included in my collection are images that evoke to me the serenity and the simple beauty of each walk I've been on in the past few months.
Eva Krueger, untitled, digital photography
Powell Sheagren, Green Dappled Knitted Socks (Pattern: Coffee Cantata), Knitting
Powell Sheagren, Cloud Based Scarf
(Pattern: Sweet Vermouth), Knitting
I got into Knitting my Freshman year of college and kept up with it until I took off during the pandemic. Growing up my Mom knitted various blankets and things around the house which I used a lot and I have memories of her working on projects as we'd go on road trips and travel. Because of that there was already a baked in comfort to knitting and knitted goods and as I got better and got funding for nice yarn through my club I got to find out really how comfortable knitted goods could be, especially socks, and I even completed my own blanket which took forever but is incredibly comfortable. I'm glad I've been able to come full circle in a sense and I'm looking forward to continuing to knit as a way to get closer to the memories of my youth and to also surround myself with soft things.
Powell Sheagren, Red Knitted Blanket (Pattern: Garter stitch), Knitting
My art explores identity through the lens of queerness, race, ethnicity, and culture. I like to combine my love of art history with satire and parody to offer social and cultural critiques. I work in multimedia, but am most experienced with fabric and oil paint.
Joshua Klusewitz, Little Cock Aged Nineteen, multimedia sculpture, recycled wood and fabric.
So Many Butterflies, Acrylic on matboard
Medley, Oil on matboard
A Rose, Oil on matboard
Jason Slowik (my high school art teacher), Pencil on matboard
Untitled, Oil on matboard
Brushstrokes, Oil on matboard
Goodbye, Acrylic on canvas
Ben Sperber, Untitled (view 1 and 2) ,
Mixed Media: Found Object
Ben Sperber, Mixed Communications, Embroidery
During quarantine, I've been experimenting more with photography within the limitations of my iPhone 8 Plus. Last weekend, my sister & I went to a field of bluebonnets near our apartment, & I got the chance to use my amateur photography skills to capture a bumblebee flitting around a bluebonnet. These are by no means the best photos or the most professionally edited, but this tiny moment of connection I shared with the bumblebee brought me such joy & contentment.
Jenna Takach, Mutualism no. 1, Photography
Jenna Takach, Mutualism no. 2, Photography
Jocelyn Auld, Magnolias in Pink and Blue, Oil
Observing the world around me has always brought me happiness. When it was cold and difficult to spend time alone outside this past winter, I found comfort and beauty in flowers and the process of painting them in observed and created color.
Jocelyn Auld, Lilies with Cadmium Yellow, Oil
Jocelyn Auld, Magnolias in Magenta Light, Oil
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Swat, being amongst the cherry blossoms provides me just the kind of comfort and serenity I need.
Atziri Marquez, Cherry Blossoms, photography
Atziri Marquez, Cherry Blossoms ll, photography
Atziri Marquez, Cherry Blossoms lIl, photography
Atziri Marquez, Cherry Blossoms lV, photography