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Caroline Japal

Chandler Storm Erin Japal

MK Holladay Mary Buzbee

Vivian Japal


So, these past six months have been very interesting. I have been working on this issue since before we released our last issue, The Artists’ Process, in September. This issue has taken so long because I wanted it to have a certain feel to it. The whole idea of revisit-ing a place had to be reflected in every page of the issue while still being new and fresh, compared to our past issues. As you read the pages and view the photos, it is my wish that you are able to make the connections between past and present and realize how the past has led us to where we are today as artists. From the details in outfits to the artists' stories of their own personal journey, I want you to recognize just how influential your past is on what you create and how you create it. Growing up in a family where I was the only artistic person was the catalyst for my decisionmaking process for myself allowing me to grow independently through my art. I would have never pursued photography if it was not for my amazing high school teachers and I definitely would not have had the courage to start my own magazine. All the moments, happenings, people, good times, bad times, and social changes mold and shape us into who we are as individuals and determine how we move through this world. And I believe it is important to think about this idea in terms of how it effects your art. ACM has grown. This issue will be released on our one-year anniversary. That is crazy to me. I have been producing ACM for a whole year and boy has it changed my life. I have met the most amazing and creative people who have inspired me, more than they will ever know, and have had the chance to collaborate with them. Now that our team has gotten a little bigger, I am learning to let go and let people do what they are best at and boy has this little digital magazine blossomed. So, THANK YOU so much to everyone in this issue and past issues and all those working behind the scenes. You have literally created this beautiful, collaborative piece of art and I am forever grateful.


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The fourth issue of ACM will be our one year issue so i wanted to make the theme something special. So for this issue we will be looking back at what makes us who we are and what shapes our art. Is a sense we will be revisiting our past, figuratively and literally.

This issue we will include features on past artists that have shaped ACM and helped it become the magazine it is today. But we will also stay true to our original mission to connect artists with each other and share our creative processes to grow the creative community. We encourage all the artists in this issue to really look at why they make what they make and what elements of their life have influenced them to do so.

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Re·vis·it | verb • come back to or visit again. • "she was anxious to revisit some of her old haunts in Paris" • consider (a situation or problem) again or from a different perspective. • "the council will have to revisit the issue at a general meeting this summer

Nos·tal·gia | noun • a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. • "I was overcome with acute nostalgia for my days in college” • something done or presented in order to evoke feelings of nostalgia. • "an evening of TV nostalgia"

The idea behind this issue comes from the idea that we are all shaped by our experiences which not only makes us who we are but also shapes how and why we create the art that we do. Whether we do is subconsciously or not, little pieces of our everyday lives sneak into everything we create. Through the interviews in this issue I hope to show this somewhat personal side of the artist.


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Cassandra Jolie 1 8 Re.Vi.Sit 20

Raina and Javae 30

Tyler Ross 34

Klaudia Marsh 38

Micah and Leslie 40

Behind the Scenes: ReViSit 42


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Tyler Judson @ty_judson

Cassandra Jolie @cassandrajolieart Ashley Kickliter @ashleykickliter

Hannah Riles @hannahriles

Chloe Lillaine Buckner @chloelillaine

Chandler Storm @chandlerstorm_

Tiana Bryant @itstianaelyse

Alexandra Huryn @avhuryn

Sabina Vafina @flowesr


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Vivian Japal @vivianjapal

Erin Japal @erincjapal

Javae Chapman @javaechapman

Raina Zafar @rainazafar

Jackson Ross @safewaters

Klaudia Marsh @cloonyforbes

Micah Wallace @omicaho

Leslie Gomez @trynaborganic


EATS


When I was still in elementary school I have fond memories of going to my grandmother's house in Brooklyn to eat homemade spiced Italian cookies and delicious pasta and lamb. These meals, coupled with petite sips of red wine, were what began my obsession and passion with cooking. It was something that always brought my family and friends together. The "House of Blasi" sauce is an ode to my grandmother, who taught me most of what I know about how food and drink brings people together.

House of Blasi Red Sauce Ingredients: -4 cups pealed and diced tomatoes -1 small can of tomato paste -5-10 bay leaves (broken up) -half head of garlic -one sweet onion -salt and pepper to taste -one cup finely chopped basil -8 to 10 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil Instructions: In a large sauce pan, sautĂŠ the chopped sweet onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Once golden, add the 4 cups of pealed and diced tomatoes and can of tomato paste. Mix well. After the mixture becomes more of a 'sauce' texture, add in the bay leaves and extra salt and pepper if needed.

Vegan Alfredo Ingredients: -one large head of cauliflower -1 cup extra virgin olive oil -half a head of garlic -salt and pepper to taste -2 tablespoons red pepper flakes -3 cups Kite Hill almond greek yogurt Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On a large cookie sheet, add the chopped head of cauliflower, EVOO, diced garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bake until cauliflower is soft. Once cooled, add the cooked cauliflower to a blender (if you have to do this in batches it's okay). Add in the 3 cups of Kite Hill Almond Greek Yogurt and extra EVOO if needed. Blend the cauliflower until it is whipped (this might take 5-10 minutes.


CREATIVE In an organic environment, every place is unique, and the different places also cooperate, with no parts left over, to create a global whole - a whole which can be identified by everyone who is part of it. -Christopher Alexander

Every canvas is a journey all its own. -Helen Frankenthaler

Artistic creation is not mere decoration. The artist has to convey his inspiration to others while allowing them freedom of interpretation. -Liu Chun-Hau

Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from your mind what is unnecessary. -Maurice Baring


JUICES The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. -Barbara DeAngelis

We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way. -Gloria Gaither

My landscapes are non-specific, evoking a mood rather than a particular place, so that viewers are reminded of their own memories, dreams and nostalgia for locations. -Victoria Block

You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful: yourself. -Alan Alda


Tyler Judson What’s up! My name is Tyler Judson and I am a creator and art junkie. I am 18 years old and have just finished my first quarter as a freshman at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA where I’ll be studying film production, graphic design, and photography! I was raised in Alabama and have a huge love for Birmingham and all the underrepresented artists in the community! I tend to dabble in a lot of art forms, never really sticking to one but rather jumping from one medium to another. Some of my favorite mediums to express myself are self portraiture and portrait photography, making little films on my Youtube channel, and making digital art. Can you elaborate on what different mediums you work with and how those differ from each other? I’ve always been very interested in all facets of art, whether that be photography, sculpture, or film. I bounce around from medium to medium and usually end up fusing two mediums together to get the desired effect I am looking for. I have always loved the process of taking self portraits and making them different from the everyday “selfie” that everyone was posting. Adding props, backgrounds, and different makeups was addicting. When I would see the final products I would just want to create more and more. My next love is film. Do you know that feeling that you get after you watch a movie and it just makes your imagination run wild? Well, I was addicted to that feeling. Watching movies gives me a inspiration that no other medium can give me. I was drawn into the production aspect and acting aspects and fell in love with the process of making films. Digital art is also one of my favorite mediums. I like the flexibility that you have with digital. You can do so many things in the blink of an eye and make beautiful art! My favorite series I’ve done is probably my most recent series called “Linear” which focuses on line and color blocked work!

What first led to your interest in art? I’ve always been artistic, doodling during class or writing stories in journals. I find it pretty funny because I am the only artistic person in my family! My parents have no idea where it came from. I can’t remember any time in my life where I wasn’t creating. So I guess art has just been with me from the beginning. Do you feel that your childhood or places you’ve lived affected how you think about and make art? Absolutely! I grew up in a small town in Alabama about an hour away from Birmingham. There was really no outlets for creative expression there so you had to create your own space to be creative. My mother is from Korea so I was also raised learning about Korean culture and art styles. When I started to mature I began to notice how art could be used in more than just the normal photo, painting, or drawing. I would look on social media for communities like this and gain my inspiration from things like that. It was a little scary to present art that is different from the basic things that the people in my town was used to seeing, but I hope to have future projects that bring more color and life to my little town.


What has been the most challenging part of making art for you? I think the struggle to make content that is purely original is hard for any creator. My favorite quote is from Jim Jarmusch, “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.�. I like to take my favorite things from multiple inspirations and smash them together putting my own twist on it. I think that creates something that is undoubtably you.


How did you first decide to create your youtube channel? I decided to create my Youtube channel on a whim. I knew what kind of content I loved to watch and hoped to recreate it. I wanted to make content that made people inspired. Even though I’ve had ups and downs on the direction I wanted my channel to go into I feel like I’m at a good place now and am super happy with the content I’m putting out. I’ve been on a hiatus recently because of school, but I’m so inspired currently and am super excited to create all these ideas I have in my head.

Do you feel like there were any major events in your life that led you to change the way you think about art? I think just maturing and growing up changed my art style and the way I perceive others art. It’s like when you’re little and you think that nudity in art is weird, but now it’s not even something I question or comment on. You grow up and gain different way of seeing the value in things that have deeper meaning that you could never catch when you were younger. The way pop culture is shifting and evolving also changes my style and aesthetics.

Do you feel like there were any major events in your life that led you to change the way you think about art? I think just maturing and growing up changed my art style and the way I perceive others art. It’s like when you’re little and you think that nudity in art is weird, but now it’s not even something I question or comment on. You grow up and gain different way of seeing the value in things that have deeper meaning that you could never catch when you were younger. The way pop culture is shifting and evolving also changes my style and aesthetics.


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Production and Art Director Caroline japal @carolinejapal Editorial Photographer Ashley Kickliter @ashleykickliter Editorial Stylist/ MUA Hannah Riles @hannahriles Styling Assistant Chloe Lillaine Buckner @chloelillaine Editorial Assistant Chandler Storm @chandlerstorm_

Models Tiana Bryant @itstianaelyse Alexandra Huryn @avhuryn Sabina Vafina @flowesr Micha Palmer @maimontage Food Stylists Vivian Japal @vivianjapal Erin Japal @erincjapal


Tiana: Red Patent Jacket: Stylist’s own Purple Floral Bow Shirt: Zara $19.99 Lace Camisole: Stylist’s own Green Trousers: Only $48.00 Socks: Madewell $12.50 Shoes: Carel $495.00 Jewelry: Stylist’s own Sabina: Dress: Sister Jane $41.00 Corduroy Trousers: Otto d’ame $210.00 Socks: American Apparel Boots: Asos $103 Bag: Stylist’s own Jewelry: Stylist’s own Mai: Suede Overall Dress: Free People $198.00 Floral Turtleneck: Zara $7.99 Green Faux Fur Stole: Free People $88.00 Boots: Zara $49.99 Socks: Free People Earrings: Zoe’s Vintage Alexandra: Dress: Sister Jane $125.00 Faux Fur Coat: Weekday $143.00 Yellow Tights: Stylist’s own Glitter Loafers: Zara $69.90 Sunglasses: Free People $30.00

Tiana: Faux Fur Coat: Shrimps Top: Zara $22.99 Trousers: Zara $22.99 Shoes: Carel $495.00 Socks: Madewell $12.50 Jewelry: Stylist’s own Sabina: Dress: Zara $22.99 Periwinkle Turtleneck: Free People $40.00 Socks: American Apparel Boots: Asos $103 Jewelry: Stylist’s own Mai: Jacket: Sister Jane $117.00 Trousers: Sister Jane $49.00 Blouse: Sister Jane $34.00 Boots: Zara $49.99 Socks: Free People Earrings: Zara Additional jewelry: Stylist’s own Sunglasses: Asos Alexandra: Sweater: Zara $49.99 Velvet Trousers: Reformation $125.00 Glitter Loafers: Zara $69.90 Hair Ribbon: Stylist’s own Jewelry: Stylist’s own


Raina Zafar I’m Raina, and I’m a senior at UGA pursuing an advertising degree, with a studio art minor focused on photography/videography. I’m also in the music business program here. I hope to work in the music industry once I graduate, doing something along the lines of creative visuals for individual artists, artist promotion, marketing, etc. How does the area you live in change or affect your creativity? I’m based in Athens, GA right now and it’s a bit uninspiring at times.   I’d rather live in a metropolitan city because I feel like my art would be much more appreciated in a more diverse, cultured area. What first led to your interest in art? I watched a lot of classic films growing up and I quickly became obsessed with beautiful cinematography. I wanted to find out how I could create my own storylines and portray them in aesthetically pleasing ways.  I’ve always had an affinity for music, specifically hip hop.  I personally think hip hop is the most beautiful art form.  I knew that if I could somehow combine my love for hip hop and aesthetically pleasing visuals together, I’d be happy. What made you pursue both photography and videography? Photography is honestly something that always came natural to me. The angles, the lighting, framing, and concepts.  Film is what I was more interested in, just because I felt that there was more potential for me to be able to tell a story.  I love how sound and image go together because they both add so much to each other.   If I can make money and create artistic conceptual work through two mediums, why not do both?

Do you feel that your childhood or places you’ve lived affected how you think about your artwork or just art in general? My childhood was mostly shaped by my family and the things they introduced to me. My parents have always been incredibly openminded and encouraged me to question every single thing.  We have always had debates and conversations about extremely controversial and thought-provoking things which I am beyond thankful for.   I learned as I grew up that that specific type of upbringing was very rare, and describing it as lucky would be an understatement.  I think my childhood led me to understand that I should never have to censor my art, and that I have the freedom to showcase myself and what I stand for with no limitations.   Does your interest in hip hop, culture and social activism bleed over into your art or influence it in a significant way? Yes! I would say several of my pieces are influenced by the culture of hip hop, or was at least inspired by things I learned from hip hop.  Social activism is something I’ve always held as a high priority in my life, but I definitely feel like I have to do more artwork based around it.   I think it’s super important to use your platform to speak about the real injustices happening around the world.


Javae Chapman My name is JAVAE, I’m 23 years old. I’m from Opelika, Al but I was raised in Carrollton, Ga. Currently I’m based out of Athens, Ga. I would say my music is about being able to truly embrace yourself. Knowing this world is all of what you make it. My main message is to just feed yourself right spiritually, physically, and mentally. Eat your greenz!! Does the city you live in have any influence over the subject matter that you write about?

What has been or is the most challenging part of creating music for you?

It does a little because I peep everything so I just store the whole day in the back of my mind for later. Plus with my imagination I can make music anywhere, even on the moon.

At first, it was difficult finding inspiration so I had to learn to look within myself and just be. Ever since then, it’s been easier for me to create.

What first led to your interest in writing music?

How has music as a whole changed for you since you decided to pursue it yourself?

When I was young, my cousin had a crazy music collection of CDs. From Pac, DMX, HOV, Outkast, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, BG, UGK, Fugees, Nas, Lil Wyte, and Wayne. That was probably a little extra, I can go on all day though but those are the artists that sparked my interest to want to write. Seeing the way they were able to speak on life over instrumentations had me sold.

I’ve been able to appreciate it more. To listen with my full attention with an open mind. When we are listening to an artist speak, it’s not about us in the moment. It’s about them, so I’ve been trying to respect others more and speak without being arrogant. But sometimes you gotta talk ya shit.

Is there one lyricist, artist, or song that inspires you and you haven’t been able to forget about it since you encountered it? I would say HOV “Can’t Knock The Hustle” from Reasonable Doubt. His cadence and ability to bend words was crazy. That whole project stupid hard. You should check it out.

Finally, where do you see yourself creatively in the next year, or where do you want to be? Evolving more sonically and learning how to create my own beats. Once my foot is in the door, I’ll always want to be able to bring something new to the table. I feel if I know a little bit more about composing music, then there will be no limitations to what I can make.


Jackson Ross Hey everyone, my name is Jackson Ross. I am a photographer and Videographer based in birmingham, Al. In 2016 I was the personal intern for Robert clark The Director of Photography for National Geographic. I now have recently re located back to birmingham to co-create a production company called Boinko Productions, with one of my good friends Jack Serra. Photography wise I am a portrait and Landscape photographer. Does the place you live in at the time affect your creativity or influence it in any way? Birmingham really does affect my Creativity. Originally i thought that there was no one creative here, but i’ve come to realize there are some amazingly talented and creative people living here. Things like Portraitbhm have helped me realize this. Is there one photographer, artist, or series of works that inspires you ever since you encountered it? Wes anderson, Charlie McDowell, Robert Clark. These are the photographers and directors I look up to. Do you feel that your childhood or places you’ve lived affected how you think about your art or how you go about creating your work? I think that my childhood greatly affected my art. I was homeschooled from middle school up. My group of friends was small but tightly bound. We spent years together all of us having nothing but time, being most of us homeschooled we had to find things we liked to do. Mine was taking pictures.

What first led to your interest in photography? When I was about ten years old my dad bought a camera with his frequent flyers points from work. Ever scenes i got my hands on it ive never stopped shooting. Even through the terrible, terrible thousands of photos from the first five years. What is so appealing to you about the medium of photography over other mediums? Photography is something that has always stuck with me. I know that it’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a child. It’s a way of capturing history, and I hope that the moments I capture mater to the ones I show them to later in life. Do you feel like there were any major events in your life that led you to change the way you think about your artform? Moving to New York changed my life. It was such a humbling experience. I worked for 70 hours a week for free because I was doing what I loved. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. It really showed that to me. Even if i have to sell everything i own and live in a van i will continue to create photographs.


Klaudia Marsh My name is Claudia Marsh. Im a model living in New York City. New York has expanded my mind of what can be possible. There’s so many people and so much to do. It’s crazy to take it all in. Every day I try to see something new. I started modeling the summer after high school. I played sports in highschool and it wasn’t until my senior year my AP art teacher said to me “why don’t you model?” Other students said ya you should... I was like ok I’m tall I might as well. I also love big cities and traveling so that helped. My only regret is not starting earlier. Agencies love to get people working when they are young so the model has time to build and be recognizable. If I could give advice to my younger self I’d say just go for it! You have nothing to lose. Even though I was playing sports and traveling every weekend for club games, I should have made time to explore the modeling world earlier on. I first decided to move to New York over LA because my parents wanted me closer to home for a little after being away for so long. I’ve always been a flights distance away from them during school. Now that I’m living in New York, instead of Hawaii or Alabama, I can take the train back to Boston anytime I want. Although.... I’m still deciding about moving to LA every day!


Micah Wallace My name is Micah Wallace and I’m Artist/Designer. I typically don’t like to limit myself, so I do a little bit of everything artistically. How has fashion as a whole changed for you since you decided to pursue it as a passion? I wouldn’t says it’s changed because everything goes full circle, but it’s really to the point now where anything can be considered fashion. It’s truly up to interpretation, and how you can manipulate old styles mixed with modern to fit who you are. Do you feel like there were any major events in your life that led you to change the way you think about fashion? Once I realized my purpose my whole view point on life itself shifted. So yes it definitely effected my fashion sense.

Do you feel that your childhood or places you’ve lived affected how you think about your personal style or how you choose to dress? I can personally say that my childhood has affected my wardrobe in a sense. Growing up watching my favorite superheroes and anime characters switch costume to express their identities gave me this idea to never lose site of who I am . I’ve always strived to express that through my appearance. Finally, where do you see yourself creatively in the next year, or where do you want to be? In the next year I see myself traveling around the word meeting new creatives, and expanding my brand to inspire people worldwide.

Leslie Gomez My name is Leslie Gomez and I’m a multi dimensional artist and a freelance model and just an overall creative. What do you believe the fashion world is lacking in right now? I feel as if the fashion world needs to expand more on female production of clothing to balance out the amount of brands that are strictly dedicated to men. Is there one designer, artist, or piece that inspires you and you haven’t been able to forget about it since you encountered it? Distortedd artwork has inspired me to grow and constantly continue to create. She has also taught me to not limit myself and find different forms of expressing myself.

What has been or is the most challenging part of discovering your personal style for you? The most challenging part of discovering my own style is the limited access to clothing brands and styles in Birmingham. This also limits how I’ve expressed myself. Do you feel like there were any major events in your life that led you to change the way you think about fashion? Traveling has changed my personal perspective on fashion. Being introduced to new cultures has helped me reinvent myself.


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