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Rebecca Mortensen Riding through a heard of five hundred elk on a daily basis was common for me when I was growing up in Jackson, Wyoming. I spent my summers on a ranch riding horses throughout Grand Teton National Park.

My interest in art was inspired by my uncle who is a practicing sculptor of life-size animal bronzes. It wasn’t until I delved into art that I realized my love for the aesthetic of the horse. Recently, I have found myself obsessed with the natural and organic shapes of the skull, and the pure beauty of it. There is something so powerful about animal skulls. The horse skull massive, heavy, and solid. I am now in possession of a variety of animal skulls, all of which inspire my curiosity and investigation. My work falls within the genre of contemporary western art. I tend to use a natural palette and stick to a monochromatic color scheme, but I play with form and composition in nontraditional ways.

I have found an original style that I look forward to continuing and expanding. I see my artwork as an extension of the natural world of horses, which sustain and inform my life.

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Stills @avant_gnar

What They Wanted 9 @_ananoymous

11 Sleeping on Trains @infrared

Underground House Music 13 @Devareaux86

15 For my sad, happy, grateful, & confused soul @denaegreenbrean

Daddy’s Issues 19 @goldsteinTaylor

23 Breath into the Next Step: A Performers Story @the_cohorts

Handpicked 27 @colt_morgan

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Emily Senkosky Blake Peterson 15

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Andrew Aldridge: Illlustrator Bumper Sticker Concept No. 1

@andrewlucasaldridge I like to draw things that I spend a lot of time around. When I was a lifeguard on a lake, I would spend forty hours a week studying how birds move and interact with each other. Picking crumbs out of the sand, fighting, and swimming. I love the shape of ducks and seagulls, especially their necks and beaks. Anything round in general is attractive to me. The contours of skateboards, specifically the old-school funkyshaped ones have always grabbed my attention. The shapes of bodies, legs, arms, backs, and necks all have meaning to me. To mimic these round objects, I generally use a thick black pen and thick paper and scan in to add color and edit if I feel like it. Lately, I have been working on making abstract cartoons that have simple and sometimes senseless meanings or stories, just to grab attention. I like to confuse people sometimes.


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The intent of Stills is exactly as it says, to keep the viewer still. Photographs and our minds alike in the 21st century tend to be very cluttered. By simplifying the photograph, I am simplifying your thought pattern. This leaves the stillness between thoughts as the primary mode of understanding these scenes.

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As I begin to assimilate back into American society, I fear that a complete transition might not be totally possible. And

yet, I realize that sensation is exactly what I hoped for when I left for travelling abroad.

While driving me to the airport, my father asked me: Why Europe? At the time I answered with something of the old clichĂŠ. You know, I want to broaden my perspective.

In 20/20 hindsight I can see that question had no answer at the time it was asked.


Impromptu visits to places not yet marked on my map, mistaking trains, climbing out of bathroom windows to wine and dine rooftops, turning parks into playgrounds again, running through ancient gardens and making thimble-sized coffee endure for hours between packs of cigarettes.

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As I unlocked new passages into cultures I had yet to be exposed to, I realized that the lucid opportunity of travelling is not about where you are at all. In a space that is unfamiliar to us we enter a void to which we are predisposed. We let go of the corruptive conveniences that often times shove their way to the foreground of our agendas and breathe in the chance of uncovering a world raw to the individual.

“Live a life full of mind, exhilarated by new ideas and intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.� Ernest Hemingway From now on I will forget the map, and always remember to keep one foot outside of the anticipated. Sleeping on trains will always be the unsurpassed means of travel.


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Nobody was playing that sound so we decided to bring it back from Los Angeles.

How did you get started in music? I got into dance music when I became 21 and started promoting parties at this club called The Trap Door. Then I leveled up and threw parties at the locally famous W Lounge (R.I.P). What is your business? NIGHTFREQ is a collective of DJ’s within the city that promote shows and have a clothing lifestyle brand. We came together because we saw a music culture missing in the SLC electronic dance scene. And we saw an opportunity to expose SLC with new music and artists from outside of Utah.

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What are your feelings on turning your passion into a business? I say go for it! Nobody can turn your vision into what it needs to be except you! It’s pretty much a leap of faith, but these types of risks in life are the best kind.

Describe that moment when music became a passion/lifestyle for you. It became a lifestyle when we took the initiative to bring out artist’s to Utah that they have never heard or seen before.


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Do you think that your business creates a community for musicians and entrepreneurs alike? I think it has now with the help of our partner in crime Live Nite Events. They have taken a chance on our music- trend forcasting abilities. Plus healthy competition is always great. In what ways have you gotten involved in the already existing music community? It’s hard not to get involved with other event companies in the community. We also have some things in the works with a company that we can not name at the moment, but we are excited to partner up with them in the future.

Devareaux Recess Club 2014 Barrel Room (Hotel Club)

“You take them on a musi cal journey when you combin e those two things together .”

What are you most stoked about for the up-coming year? October 29, Le Youth November 5, Eli & Fur November 19, Kastle December 17, Mija I’m super pumped on all these shows and our street wear brand that we have planned out for the Fall. Cool things in the works. Favorite venue you have performed in? I would have to say one of the side rooms at Avalon in Los Angeles. The people there are more music forward and you can play almost whatever you want to engage the audience and get the message across.

Get Lucky 2012 Devareaux

How do you see DJing as a form of expression? DJing as an expression to me is all about reading the crowd. If you do it right you will never play the same set twice. The crowd tells you what it wants to hear and it’s up to you as a DJ to pick up on that and introduce them to new music while doing so. You take them on a musical journey when you combine those two things together. There is nothing quite like that feeling when you crushed a DJ set and everybody was feelin it. Words, can’t describe what it’s like. You just evoke emotion in people.


1515 In a time where I am trying to solve a lot of puzzles in my personal life, my artistic work has been on the decline. It doesn’t feel good. I’d rather make beautiful work than melancholy work. Looking through my past, I find myself connecting my confusing feelings with photographs I’ve taken over some time. Within me I’m searching for good things to feel and say for myself. It’s not always wise, sometimes childish. This is a short form of “photojournaling” for my sad, happy, grateful, and confused soul. My sister just had a baby. This photo is not of her baby. Photgraphing kids is wonderful. You know things they don’t and in a way it’s just sad to grow. I want to know less, to have needs met by someone who does know more than me, to just play and be me.

I need my mom.


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I do notice you, I do love you.

You’re just as amazing as I knew you would be. all three of you. You smell so good and you will always be loved. beautiful, Iroh.


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I, amongst many, miss my sister. Collectively we are trying to understand this debhilitating pain. With you being physically gone, I’ve been challenged forward to live my life. You’ve given me companions to love and it is through my happiness with them that you are a part of my adulthood. I miss you deeply from our amazing childhood, you were the greatest friend.

We have nearly ruined our world. Amongst me mourning the genocide of beautiful living things, the end of clean water, my people’s land, our health, and humanness.. I want to fly off and see things, ignorant of my destructiveness.


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A SERIES OF UNFORTUANTE EVENTS.

Let me learn that is life is so fragile.

Respect our children so that they will take care of us in return when we are old. Respect our children because our lives are much smaller without them. Respect our children so that they are not confused and hurt. Respect our children because we cannot waste our lives attempting to forgive what has been abused. All of the above.

Love what we have created.

They need us and they must know we need them too.


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Daddy’s Issues It’s always been a struggle to call myself an artist. However, I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. My art practice has always been an attempt to quell my anxiety and escape from loneliness. As a child, I’d make paper dolls to function as my playmates. I continued to pursue art in college, thinking my endeavors were attempts to tap into the universal language- my message shaking the reality of the masses. Recently, I’ve realized my art comes from that same self serving desire as before; an attempt to understand and heal myself from the experience of being a highly sensitive personality within a world that has always seemed too harsh. My latest endeavor is intimately tied to my personal traumas. After graduation, I decided to go home to care take for my ailing father. Considering I’m not exactly apt at taking care of myself, I failed miserably and found myself shrouded in guilt and shame. I failed in my goal to move home, out of school and into the adult world.


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For a year I was left directionless, Bored, broke, and deeply depressed. One day it dawned on me, that although I had nothing set for the immediate or long term plans, the best thing I could do now for myself and my father would be to make a documentary about his life. I’ve always been someone that needs a project to stimulate me intellectually and creatively in order to thrive, and with everything else in my life up in the air, this idea gave me much needed traction. Other than providing direction in life, this documentary gives me the opportunity to sort through my very complicated relationship with my father. Growing up, I was undoubtedly a “daddy’s girl”. My father, a bachelor until 55, never expected to get married, much less have a daughter. So of course I, forgive the cliché, was the apple of his eye. I was thoroughly convinced of my father’s love until everyone in my life told me otherwise. He’s had diabetes since his 30’s, and never has taken care of it. From a very early age I was used as a human guilt trip. “If you want to see your daughter graduate from high school; you’ll take care of yourself”, was the mantra of concerned doctors and family members.” On one hand my experience with my father lead me to believe he loved me very much, but at the same time, I was told his neglect of his health was a direct reflection of his love for me. As you can imagine, this was very confusing for a child, and for a while, I concluded he must not love me. Which eventually festered into an abandonment complex that has been the bane of my relationships with others ever since.

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By the time I was 13, my dad his first serious diabetes 2121had induced stroke. I was convinced he was going to die, but he didn’t. He’s been in and out of the hospital with various diabetes related life threatening conditions approximately every six months since then. When I was 18 it became clear my dad would never recover fully. His physical and mental health has continued to decline steadily to the point of his driver’s license being revoked, therefore becoming completely home bound. This state of affairs is extremely distressing. Not only because of my love for my father, but because he’s one of the most brilliant andindependent people I’ve ever met. As I mentioned earlier, he was a bachelor until he was 55. In this time he lived on every continent except Antarctica, flew helicopters in Vietnam as a mechanical and electrical engineer, started a flight school with his best friend where he was an aerobatics instructor and mechanic, and engaged in countless shenanigans the extent of which, I probably will never know.

Presently he spends his days swallowing dozens of pills, staring blankly into the history channel, or sometimes just at the wall. My wish for this documentary is to give perspective into one man’s failing battle to age with dignity. It’s also very much an attempt to discover why someone so intelligent would chose to destroy themselves, in hopes to gain some insight to my own struggles with self destruction. Furthermore, my father has always been the aloof type, his verbalizations mostly limited to sarcastic comments, so I want to take this opportunity to really get to know him; his attitude towards life, his values, preferences, fears, and dreams, before it’s too late. Throughout this process, I will be interviewing his friends and family about their views and memories of him, taking the footage back to him, and filming his reactions. I hope through this process I will remind him that he is so much more than a sick old man, in attempts to make his descent towards death that much less lonely. I plan to document from this point until he passes, however long that may be. I’m sure that this endeavor will evolve into something beyond what I could ever imagine or plan. This project is a battle against loneliness for myself, my father, and if I do it right, viewers, who will come away with the message that they are also not alone in their struggles.


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Breathe into the Next Step: A Performer’s Story

Why do you perform? Emily Ann asks me as we sit at sugar house coffee sipping our various forms of caffeinated beverages. Damn, I thought, this is an extremely hard question to answer. This girl is good.

I feel like I should know the answer to this question being an actress and an avid theatre goer- but it's harder than that, I feel like it is asking someone why do you breathe. Well you just do it, it is just something that you do. You don’t think about it all that often because it is just something that you do in order to live. That, I guess, is how I feel about performing, it’s just something I do in order to feel like I am fully living.

Well you , t i o d just it is g n i h t e m o s t jus that you do.


What is the Great Salt Lake Fringe? Fringe Festival is the bridge between mainstage theatre and the street performers that can be seen around the City. Fringe Festival gives individual artists the opportunity to bring new or not as well known works to stage. Shining a unique light on them, they are able to share them with an audience who is willing to experience this newer work. Fringe is what it means on the Fringe, it is to share this idea that art that isn’t a Broadway hit can also be be an amazing story.

What does the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival mean to you? Well I believe that theatre is more than just something you watch- to entertain yourself and separate yourself from your sometimes “difficult” life. I believe that theatre is something that brings you closer to understanding your own life and others’. I have been fortunate enough to play people that I have seen or met before, and people that I felt had parts of me in them. Acting brings me closer to not just understanding how I feel about myself but truly grasping the old saying of what it feels like to be in other people's shoes. I think that the Fringe Festival was able to help people in our community get closer to understanding this saying as well. These were shows that broke the said barrier between “theatre- goers” and the rest of the world. The Fringe Festival blew the barrier into pieces and showed that theatre is more than just the classics we all know. Theatre is stories, the good and the bad ones. Fringe Festival reminded me that theatre is about wanting to share a love of storytelling with others.

What will you take away from the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival? Just like any other performance it will completely change the way I look at a script, the way I work with people, and the way I look at theatre in general. I love the idea that art in any form can instantly change you by either looking at a painting, seeing a show, or hearing a piece of music. That is why I do this to not only change people’s view of the world but also my own. So of course everything is changed, just like when you read a book.

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What was it like being a part of a company completely comprised of friends? Amazing. Fun. Sometimes Frustrating. Sometimes exhausting. But always at the end of the day something that I can say I enjoyed immensely. Working with friends always will have its ups and downs, just like working with any group of people. What sets apart working with friends from a random group of people is that you know as you walk on stage you are going to be with people who have your back no matter what.


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