Letter from the Editor
We are beyond thrilled for the release of Issue Eight, featuring our first dossier, focused on the avian. Once again, we have been astonished at the compelling creativity of this community. To borrow a truth from Georgia O’Keefe, To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage. Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiring work, thank you for your readership.
Visit our circulation map for a wonderful visualization of the connective power of the arts. Readers, don’t hesitate to write a message to an artist whose work you enjoyed in the text box below, and we will be your messenger across the globe. A warm welcome to new members of our editorial board–as our community takes root, we are looking forward to a future filled with learning and creating together. We always remain open to submissions and editorial applicants who share our passion.
For the dossier of Issue Nine, we are cautiously but curiously inviting you to create and submit using artificial intelligence as a tool for creativity. Please submit with a clear [AI DOSSIER] label in the subject line. Our brilliant art editor Veronica Marshall raised the question of how publications should respond to machine-created art. We stand for originality and expression of the individual, telling stories of the irreplicable human experience. We also recognize that technology can be an expansion of creativity when used as a tool––for example, the connective power of an online publication. So, our AI Dossier invites you to create work that explores the intersection of art and technology with the meditated use of AI. Please include an artist or writer’s statement detailing the work’s use of AI, and its contributions to the meaning of the work. We seek intentionality and creativity in your use of digital tools.
Signing off with words from Dostoevsky: Beauty will save the world. We hope this issue gives you some of the beauty and courage of art.
~Michelle, Editor-in-Chief @flarejournal
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
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Natalie Christensen’s focus is on banal peripheral settings. Influenced by 25 years as a psychotherapist, her photos favor psychological metaphors. She deconstructs to color fields, geometry and shadow. Christensen has exhibited in noted museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally, was a UAE Embassy invitee for a UAE Architecture Delegation tour, has been invited as Artist-in-Residence to Chateau d'Orquevaux, France and a photobook, “007 – Natalie Christensen,” has recently been published by Setanta Books, London. She has guest lectured at the Royal College of Art and led photography workshops at The Royal Photographic Society, London and Meow Wolf, Santa Fe. Christensen is the recipient of several photography awards and has work in permanent collections. Global media have taken notice with features in, among others, The Guardian, The Observer, Creative Boom, The British Journal of Photography, LandEscape Art Review, Art Reveal Magazine and Aesthetica Magazine. Christensen is represented by Catherine et Andre Hug Galerie, Paris; Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe; Nordic Art Agency, Malmo; and Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach.
Our first dossier encouraged readers to observe the beauty and voices of birds.
Consider this theme through the lens of migration, flight, evolution, and beyond.
Catherine Eaton Skinner illuminates the balance of opposites and numerical systems – ranging from simple tantric forms to complex grids, reflecting mankind’s attempts to connect to place/each other. Skinner’s creativity stems from growing up in the Pacific Northwest, her Stanford biology degree and Bay Area Figurative painters Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell’s painting instruction. Between Seattle and Santa Fe studios, she concentrates on painting, encaustic, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Various art anthologies contain her work. 100+ publications have highlighted Skinner’s art,
including LandEscape Art Review (London), Artists on Art, Magazine 43 (Berlin, Hong Kong, Manila) and the Radius Book publication of her monograph 108. Skinner has had 39 solo domestic and international exhibitions. Marin MOCA, the Royal Academy of Art, Yellowstone Art Museum and the Japanese Handmade Paper Museum have shown her work. Corporate and public collections include the Embassy of the United States, Tokyo; Boeing Corporation, Seattle; and the University of Washington, Seattle.
Irina Novikova is a graphic artist from Minsk (Belarus). She graduated from the State Academy of Slavic Cultures with a degree in art and the Moscow Humanitarian and Technical Academy with a degree in design. She is a member of the Krasnogorsk Union of Artists, the Federation of Watercolorists, the International Art Fund, and the Union of Russian Artists. Her first personal exhibition was held in the museum of Maxim Bagdanovich. In her works, she raises themes of ecology.