If you enjoy the cover, you will love our interview with Yoko. We delve further into her mind and Yoko unveils more about her creatures and the world they inhabit. Inside Issue 30 we also learn more about the master of paper sculpture Calvin Nicholls, and the intricacies involved in creating his unique creations. Scott Listfield shares how his dystopian lone astronaut series seems to be becoming less fantasy and more reality, and the dilemma that arises when your works start becoming a prediction of the future.
We also learn more about the relationship between artist duo Alpay Efe and Lioba Bruckner. In our exclusive Artist vs Artist editorial, the couple also open up about adapting as artists in the age of social media, and what happens when you begin moving in different directions.
Aline Brant opens up about her embroidered photographic works, tapping into the beauty of this more tactile style of art and the traditional, manual techniques that come into play. And if you’ve ever wondered about the animals that play a significant part in 2018 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize Finalist Richard Ahnert’s paintings, look no further. He also has some pretty good insights into the human psyche, nature, and sense of humour too.
Also not to be missed, Jason Limon helps us to find light in the darkness with his curiously playful skeletons as we venture together through his thoughts about death.
Realism meets surrealism in our article on Shaun Tan, so prepare for a journey down the rabbit hole to the edge of consciousness. We also interview Afarin Sajedi to learn more about her vivacious and cinematic portraits.
As well in this Issue, you can enjoy a special Studio Visit with Annie Stegg Gerard. Her romanticised world is the perfect getaway, and she shares her various experiences and influences in this interview. Also speaking in an exclusive interview is 2019 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, Traditional Art Award 3rd Prize Winner Adrienne Stein. Enjoy a conversation involving the relationship between art and food, Classical atelier-style training, unconventional portraits and much more!
Get ready to delve into the phenomenally bizarre artworks of Ciou in this issue’s Lookbook. With five full pages of up-close details that will blow your mind, what’s not to enjoy!
Additionally, Karen Jerzyk invites us into her subliminal realm of surreal photography, both beautiful and macabre. Artist duo Giorgiko share how the two blossomed into a harmonious collaboration. Their strong belief in optimism in the face of adversity is another beacon of hope in an ever-darkening age.
In our Snapshot series, we ask six artists: Nikole Cooney, Jessica Watts, Jayme Zents, Chantal Horeis, Vincent Marcone (My Pet Skeleton) and Michelle Avery Konczyk, the same quick questions. Working across multiple styles and mediums it’s fascinating how each artist responds:
- How has COVID-19, self-isolation and social distancing affected your practice?
- How do you want your artwork to make people feel?
- What do you find is the most exciting part of the creative process?
- Tell us about an important life moment that influenced the direction of your work, and how.
In her ‘Letter from the Editor’, our Editor-in-Chief ruminates over the challenging year that 2020 has been so far, sharing more on our own journey as a business during this time. However, challenges aside, she still has positives to celebrate with you as well! Furthermore, in this issue the director of PoetsArtists, Didi Menendez, shares what artwork she would like to add to her personal collection.
We also share more of the wearable art designers that have caught the eye of our Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief. Be sure to grab a copy and read all about these six magnificent brands! And last but not least, enjoy a collection of the amazing hashtagged #beautifulbizarre artwork from our social media community of over 1 million followers!
All this and so much more inside Issue 30 // September 2020, which showcases some of the best and most inspiring emerging and mid-career artists of our time.
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