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ISSUE 35 ISSN 2164-7771 WWW.FOKUS.ORG/INSIGHT


Atiba T. Edwards

Founder & Chief Curator

Atiba is an engineer focused on making and connecting creative people, nodes, networks and moments.

Allison Martiza Lasky Curator

Allison believes that children are the best artists—they are individual universes of infinite creativity.

Jolillian "Jozi" Zwerdling Curator

Jozi finds inspiration in those who understand timelessness and travel in alternate dimensions.

Contributors

ADAPT / BedStuy Glory / Peter Ciccariello / Brian Convery / Candice Danielle / Francesco Dimitri Fragomeni / Jordan Harris / Dan Hegg / Rose Jaffe / Ana María Agüero Jahannes / Nyah Lane / Aaron LazanskyOlivas / Collin De Murphy / Lou Patrou / Alex Puryear / Elizabeth Rossi / Chelsea Schoen INSIGHT magazine is dedicated to showcasing the artists who are creating work today and shaping culture. We highlight artists from all art disciplines and artists from across the globe. FOKUS produces INSIGHT to provide just that - insight into the artists who are alive and creating art in traditional, nontraditional and emerging fields in their own way.

Questions, comments and submission inquiries can be sent to insightsubmit@gmail.com INSIGHT magazine is published by FOKUS, Inc. To view back issues, visit www.fokus.org/insight All rights reserved on entire contents. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. The opinions expressed in this agazine are those of the contributors and not necessarily shaed by the INSIGHT staff or FOKUS, Inc.


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4 Brian Convery Grotto 6 Brian Convery Chapel ii 6 Brian Convery Vermillion Sands 7 Brian Convery Sugarplum's Discovery 8 Brian Convery Musk 10 Dan Hegg Resignation 11 Candice Danielle Diagnosed 12 BedStuy Glory Untitled - Change 12 BedStuy Glory Untitled - 2013 14 Alex Puryear Creative Series 2 15 Alex Puryear In Search of Space 16 Ana María Agüero Jahannes El Vedado 18 Ana María Agüero Jahannes Playa Manglito 20 Ana María Agüero Jahannes La Habana Vieja 22 Collin De Murphy Lust 23 Collin De Murphy Lust 24 Chelsea Schoen Skin 26 Chelsea Schoen Skin 28 Chelsea Schoen Skin 30 Chelsea Schoen Skin 32 Chelsea Schoen Skin 34 Elizabeth Rossi Wide Load 35 Nyah Lane Bodies 36 E. Jane Silhouette I (Breath) 38 E. Jane Silhouette II 40 E. Jane Untitled (Self-Portrait) 42 Lou Patrou The Bobbingtons: Hank 44 Lou Patrou The Bobbingtons: Sylvie 45 Rose Jaffe Rose 46 Rose Jaffe Painted Face 47 Peter Ciccariello New Man New Woman 48 Peter Ciccariello New Man New Woman 5 50 Peter Ciccariello New Man New Woman 2 52 Peter Ciccariello New Man New Woman 3 54 Jordan Harris Sphere with Colour 56 Francesco Dimitri Fragomeni Kristin 57 Francesco Dimitri Fragomeni Matt 58 Francesco Dimitri Fragomeni Natalie 59 Francesco Dimitri Fragomeni Randy 60 ADAPT You Will Not Make Comments 62 ADAPT Cat-calling is Corny 63 ADAPT Back Off 64 Aaron Lazansky-Olivas Sonic Dragonfly


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by Atiba T. Edwards We are amazing. I remember seeing the "Bodies" exhibit in Atlanta and really being awakened to the beautiful systems that move us through our daily activities. Granted the origins of the bodies was up in the air and controversial, our bodies all looked very similar and were truly works of art. This new amazement of mine was leveled-up after seeing the fantastical journey of birth on display at The Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibit began with a short film on the process of birth (successful sperm making it to an egg etc) but was also accompanied by an installation that showcased the various stages of birth. I was locked in the gaze of a several week old fetus and dazzled by the idea "this is where it all started." We are amazing - we have beautiful bodies that come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, colors etc. We seek out a body (or bodies) to hold near and dear to us. Bodies to keep us warm. Bodies to motivate us. Bodies to challenge us. Bodies that leave a lasting impression on our mind and body as if it were made out of memory foam. Bodies that we long for and cry for. Bodies that somehow manage to be a point of dislike or hate. Bodies that embody feelings which we fail to ever put into the right set of words. Bodies that sometimes are our own. The journey you are about to take captures all of the above and more. We have a great selection of visual art and word art that expresses a collection of artists seeking out what the body means to them. Through paint, music, word and composition they took the risk and decided to share that with you. I hope you enjoy this body of work. This body of art.

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by Alex Puryear "Just Be" was made with and inspired by music. Shelly Deeizm, a friend from the U.K., did a recording of a song titled "Just Be." Good people, good music, and good energy will always guarantee some sort of creation. The piece also is part of a series that I do entitled "Surrealist Portraits." Alex Puryear has always used art as an escape. “Painting is my own personal Never Land” the up-and-coming Chicago artist explains, “As a Surrealist stuck in reality, escape is my only option. www.facebook.com/alexsurrealistartpuryear

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by Brian Convery

Brian paints live oils at hotspot lounges with NYCs Art Kartel (current display Belmont Lounge) and New Collage Movement in 2013. His work is church art influenced by Marvel and Nintendo and his vampy underworld. www.facebook.com/bcoils 4 | INSIGHT MAGAZINE


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Grotto, 2013. Oil paint on canvas. A religious figure-head, her tired lovers and her butler too.

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Chapel ii, 2007. Oil paint on canvas. Stumbling upon a worshipful scene.

Vermillion Sands, 2012. Oil paint on canvas. Vermillion is Brian's imagined patron saint. He paints her regularly, including a life size mural in Brooklyn and two in his home. 6 | INSIGHT MAGAZINE


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Sugarplum's Discovery, 2007. Oil paint on canvas. Innocent sugarplums find something deliciously naughty.

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Musk, 2012. Oil paint on canvas. A dramatic sweaty scene that smells of musk. 8 | INSIGHT MAGAZINE


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Resignation by Dan Hegg

Figure drawing is about looking and then just drawing what you see. For me, I think of "looking" as the external action of focusing on something while "seeing" is something that happens internally. Charcoal figure drawing in particular demands letting go of tentativeness and what I "think" I see and just letting myself render an impression. Many times, the drawing itself helps me then "see." I visited this lady in her home as part of a medical home visit. Though relatively young, she had experienced a stroke that paralyzed one side of her body and left her blind in one eye. I sat down a day later and tried to remember what she looked like laying there in her bed. Only after looking at what I had drawn did I really put a word to what I took in visually. Through the drawing it comes out not as a description, but conveyed as an impression: "resignation." Dan is a fourth year medical student and combat veteran who uses his drawings to connect with people and communicate experience. 10 | INSIGHT MAGAZINE


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Diagnosed

by Candice Danielle the bathroom floor is an unequivocal space of comfort unlike your favorite teddy bear it is real the sometimes damp cold of it is a lot like the tough of your skin thick of your bones you haven’t fallen through any of these

I mean, really happy

sitting here feels good and right

this is only a rough patch on the surface of your life finding the courage to navigate the callouses of your disease, I mean condition may be fleeting but try again to

your upper thigh sticking in uncomfortable delight, your skin wanting to run away from itself but having to face it anyday before seems a lot better than this one you can hear your breath bouncing off the tile like a sharpened boomerang with a never-ending life span, it hurts to hear your own cry but who started it?

hold tight to that wrap vessel and valve around it while your dome is examined don’t make any sudden movements do not be startled by the sounds this is normal

think of something that makes you happy I mean, really happy and remember that it is still on the other side

isn’t this what you’ve always wanted? a vacation in the middle of march it is still cold outside it is still dark when it's time to arise for work think of something that makes you happy I mean, really happy don’t panic when the endless sky surrounds you the white appearing as walls closing in breath in, and out you can control this think of something that makes you happy Candice Danielle is a poet and teaching artist scribing her family's history and culture as it relates to personal identity, while also telling stories that reframe traditionally oppressive female spaces by subverting them with new meaning. www.becomher.tumblr.com INSIGHT MAGAZINE | 11


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by Bedstuy Glory These pieces are a feature of "A Black Mans Value." I want these pieces to represent the bodies that don't hold value in this country, especially following the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case. Untitled - Change, 2013. Chalkboard paint, ink marker, and paint marker on wood. (left page 12) This artwork is representative of the recent Trayvon Martin rallies. Picketlining to speak to America. Untitled - 2013, 2013. Chalkboard paint, ink marker, and paint marker on wood. (right page 12) This artwork higlights the voices of African Americans living in America. Although freedom is ours, value seems to slip through the cracks.

BedStuy Glorly loves Bedstuy, Brooklyn and wants to glorify it. The artist believes BedStuy has too many negative connotations that come with the name. "Let us praise the corner shops and love the grit in the streets. Glory Glory." bedstuyglory.tumblr.com INSIGHT MAGAZINE | 13


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by Alex Puryear

Creative Series 2, 2013. Mixed Mediums. 16 x 20 in.

In Search of Space, 2013. Mixed Mediums. 12 x 30 in. (right)

Alex Puryear has always used art as an escape. Painting is my own personal Never Land, the up-and-coming Chicago artist explains, "As a Surrealist stuck in reality, escape is my only option." www.facebook.com/alexsurrealistartpuryear 14 | INSIGHT MAGAZINE


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Yo Te Veo, Eulalia

by Ana Ag端ero Jahannes

El Vedado, La Habana, Cuba. 2007. Gelatin prints. 8 x 10 in. 16 | INSIGHT MAGAZINE


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Cigars, a Communist government, the legends of Fidel and Ché, and history from a military and economic perspective over-saturate American discourses on Cuba. From this lens, Cuba, a country located only 90 miles southeast of Florida, seems very distant and strange to many U.S. Americans. If we shift our gaze to Cuban women, we generally know very little, and only recognize perhaps the images of a brown-skinned unnamed woman in so-called “traditional” garb smoking a fat cigar or the sounds of Celia Cruz shouting, “¡Azúcar!” When we really get the opportunity to learn about Cuban women, either by first or second-hand accounts, we see that they experience complex realities, their lives rich, contradictory and more familiar than we expect. She is well educated as an engineer but still has to hustle to make enough money to feed her multi-generation home. She is uncomfortable as the object of a man’s piropo, sparked by her exposed brown legs, but feels beautiful and comfortable in her outfit of choice. Many of these women look like they could be walking down Montgomery Street in Savannah, Georgia, or Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York. And in fact, they share similar 21st century realities with women of color in the U.S. in terms of how their skin colors, ages/generations, families, sexualities and physiques are manifest in their every-day lives. Unfortunately, these narratives are often silenced from both inside and outside the island's geographical and discursive borders. In 2007, I had an opportunity to experience the movement of these women’s lives, dialogue with them and feel the familiarity of it all through a study abroad program with the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. "Yo Te Veo, Eulalia" aims at making these international parallelisms visible by displaying a collection of candid and posed photographs of Cuban women.

Circulating these images in the United States comes from my dire need to feel connected and relevant to the media and the people around me, rather than feeling simultaneously invisible and hypervisible. As a mixed race, brown, queer, college-educated, middle-class, strong, small-bodied, young woman, this project has pushed me to examine my own identity and think about how I can support a struggle for cross-cultural education from a position of layered privilege and oppression. If I must be the bridge to connect worlds, which are seemingly in opposition due to simplistic visions and inaccessible narratives, and to stretch the conversation about both the unique and shared realities of Cubans and U.S. Americans, then I will do so with pride, thereby joining a greater movement of other brown women artists/activists/educators/ common people who serve as bridges. "Yo Te Veo, Eulalia" is an expression of gratitude to all the Cuban women who showed me how to sway more confidently, to be a proud mulata and to understand the necessity of creating my own holistic vision of women of color. You welcomed me into your extended family. I now have the pleasure of saying, I see you.

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Playa Manglito, Baracoa, Cuba. 2007. Gelatin prints. 8 x 10 in.

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La Habana Vieja, La Habana, Cuba. 2007. Gelatin prints. 8 x 10 in.

Ana MarĂ­a AgĂźero Jahannes is an all-around creative fire with radical imagination and an investment in healing. Her work explores the human body, its form, kinesiology and the movement of energy, identity and expression. www.aguerojahannes.com INSIGHT MAGAZINE | 21


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Untitled. 2012. Photograph. 8 x 5 in.


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by Collin De Murphy The two images that I am sharing are part of a series called “Lust.” In the first image, the grapes are drenched in honey. The soft roundness of a woman’s buttocks or breasts are emulated in the grapes round form. For a man who touches her it is the sweetest flesh he can taste (thus the honey). It is my hope that by juxtaposing images of non humans (objects) with humans that the fruit becomes a metaphor for the nature we seek. We do not take comfort in a women’s bodies; we take comfort in the softness, in the sweet. I thought it would be appropriate to have a piece that emphasizes the lack of actual physical human bodies. I’m using food as a metaphor for what they are really used for: comfort, energy and nourishment, as we cuddle, kiss and (hope) to get enough love so that we may be fueled to take on another day. Collin De Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA from The School of Visual Arts in 2009. He’s currently enrolled in the Master’s degree in MPS Digital Photography at School of Visual Arts. www.Collindemurphy.tumblr.com

Untitled. 2012. Photograph. 8 x 5 in.

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Skin

by Chelsea Schoen

Bodies are one our most expressive tools, whether deliberately or not. These photos capture the delicate and vulnerable voice of skin. Some shots are close and personal while others are distant and apathetic. I think baring skin is all about the subtle reveal.

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Wide Load

by Elizabeth Rossi

"Wide Load" illustrates the experiences of women who are eroticized for their larger butts. The woman in this painting has no face and no limbs because she is not not seen as her whole being, but rather is only seen for the parts of her that are considered sexual. But even in being objectified, the woman in the painting maintains her spirit, showing all whom both leer at and appreciate her assets that they can also kiss it. Wide Load, 2013. Acrylic. 18 x 24 in Elizabeth is a painter and poet whose focus is to highlight the humanity and complexities in women's experiences. She uses art as a tool for activism, working on issues such as the prison industrial complex and ending rape culture. 34 | INSIGHT MAGAZINE


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by Nyah Layne Bodies, That's interesting, I wanna do something with it Like swimming Through a body With more as my witnesses Wet bodies sliding across the ocean floor. But there must be more! So I arch mine In unison With another, flying Breaching the surface, when All of a sudden My body keeps going. Life pulses through veins, Something constantly flowing Either in or out, With things all throughout. Tingling starts in my mouth, It moves through my limbs As I begin to break through the atmosphere, Travelling light years Through celestial bodies. Ethereal creatures, dancing among stars An eternity without physical manifestation, Forgetting who they are. Yet they dance, with such chemistry Becoming who they once might be, And with a strange sense of sensuality Despite their lack of physicality. Yet they are within the confines of physics. They notice my corporeal body and smother my existence. They mangle my form, And my body's resistance To the pull of the universe Changing my definition Of what a body really is.

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Silhouette I (Breath), 2013. Photograph.

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Silhouette II, 2013. Photograph.

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Shot to the Top

by Allison Maritza Lasky

At 22, my California-born cousin, Tessa, is in her final semester of college at Fordham, double majoring in Visual Arts and Philosophy as well as interning for a photography studio. For the past few years, she’s been an editor for an online artist community, seeking out talented up-and-coming artists whom she can interview and feature on the site. I got to catch up with Tessa a few weeks ago, and had the pleasure of seeing her in action.

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Untitled (Self-Portrati). 2013. Photograph.

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Portrait Study (In Motion). 2013. Photograph.

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Hank. 2010. Graphite drawing on paper. 38 x 50 in.

The Bobbingtons by Lou Patrou

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Sylvie. 2010. Graphite drawing on paper. 38 x 50 in.

Lou has been drawing and painting faces since the 1960s. His mix of whimsical and pop, pattern and puzzle, and surrealistic images has been featured in books, magazines and various products. www.patrou.com INSIGHT MAGAZINE | 45


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Rose and Painted Face by Rose Jaffe

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Painted Face. 2013. Pen, Ink and Digital Color.

"Painted Face" Is an illustration (pen and ink and digital color) I did in my free time to highlight the beauty of art on the face. "Rose" is small digital illustration I did as part of a series exploring the body in terms of words. I found quotes, phrases or thoughts that I used to fill the contour of a body, exploring ways to connect visual language with written word.

Rose Jaffe is an illustrator and portrait artist born, raised and currently residing in Washington, D.C. She studied printmaking and drawing at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She is currently the creative arts teacher at Parkmont School, an active artist and the co-founder of 2B Artist Studios in Washington D.C.. www.rosejaffe.com INSIGHT MAGAZINE | 47


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New Man New Woman by Peter Ciccariello

New Man New Woman. 2013. Mixed media. 8 x 10 in.

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New Man New Woman 5. 2013. Mixed media. 8 x 10 in.

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Sphere With Colour by Jordan Harris

You may look at Me and see a Sphere with Holes. a china vase ripped and bloodied by a spew of off target bullets, the potential of perfect misfortuned by Error. but if you look closer you’ll see the Holes have been filled with Color. I’ve done this myself, you see, smooth crafted chimerical defects to make the Sun think She can just walk right through Me. (he came at me steely and allegro and me, as porcelain as i could be yet i wouldn’t break. i said to him ‘what chance have you if the sun won’t get through?’ maybe that’s not what i said but i wish i had) I should be angry, but I’m not. I feel pretty, dinged and battered I may be, but at least there’s Color now. don’t you see? the Sun gives us Color so She knows to go around us. so when You look at Me don’t see a Sphere with Holes there are no Holes and there is no Sphere. my shape has yet to be defined.

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About "Sphere with Colour" This is a piece of ekphrastic poetry, meaning it's a work that was based or inspired from another work of art. The piece that motivated me to write this poem was a sculpture by Barbara Hepworth at the Univeristy of Michigan Museum of Art. When I first saw the sculpture from far across the room, my impression was that it was a sphere with holes going through it. When I looked closer though, I saw that Ms. Hepworth had actually carved out perfectly smooth patches and filled them with dark color, giving the illusion of holes. This was poetic to me in a way. When I looked at this work, I saw something that had "errors". There were "holes," not patches of beautiful color. I saw problems rather than solutions. To me, these assumptions reflected a rather standard viewpoint within our society- imperfections are generally met with scrutiny. What stood out to me was Ms. Hepworth's choice of sculpting the piece the way she did. She could have given her piece the illusion of perfection, making it perfectly smooth and round. Instead, she chose the appearance of vulnerability. She decided to stand out. Sphere With Colour deals with my struggles with body image, individuality and the difficulties of trying to fill a certain mold that society tells us we must fit into. By the end, the narrator comes to the resolution of loving himself despite the scars or "holes." In fact, he finds that the imperfections are what gives him his individuality and thus grant him a form of beauty that is entirely unique and undefinable. Like all people, the narrator has dealt with adversity and has subsequently received scars throughout his journey. Society would have him dwell on these scars, perhaps even define himself by them. However, the scars themselves are unimportant. It is the narrators choice of how to deal with these scars that makes his journey profound. The message, in my mind, is to find solace and pride in individuality, rather than shame. This poem means a lot to me and I hope you will find meaning in it as well.

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Blood Portrait

by Francesco Dimitri Fragomeni

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Randy. 2012-13. Human blood (treated) on 100% cotton rag paper. 22 x 30 in. Francesco Dimitri Fragomeni is a Brooklyn-based photographer and fine art printmaker. His work uses photo-chemical and photomechanical processes together with modern science and technology to create experimental contemporary photographic art. www. bloodportrait.com INSIGHT MAGAZINE | 59


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by ADAPT

These images were done as part of a collaborative anti-street harassment portrait project with members of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and Defend Yourself! These pieces were created through a series of "Self-Defense for Street Harassment" based workshops. Participants were able to share their experiences and turn them into expressive posters of resistance to catcallers. The resulting portraits of the women with their signs were printed life-size and pasted in public places to generate street level dialogue and create a culture not compatible with street harassment and sexual assault. Wheatpaste series, 2013. Various dimensions.

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Sonic Dragonfly

by Aaron Lazansky-Olivas aka SpazeCraft One

SpazeCraft reaches the hearts and minds of youth across all artistic disciplines. Whether its Stop motion animation, graffiti art illustration, book making or digital music production, his goal is always to open up new worlds for others. www.sohnup.com 64 | INSIGHT MAGAZINE


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The body is a very illusive thing. In my proposed series, I use 3D modeling to create & then to morph creatures that live solely in the imagination and are literally pulled out of the ether. The creatures start off in their natural state and then they are metamorphosized into a mutant totem mantra, similart to cell division. The purpose is to show how life can become symbolic in society & culture, very much like how spiritual and political figures attain "cult/popular" status & ultimately become heralded as "iconic" in nature and beyond reality. Sonic Dragonfly is a collaboration with Damien Hoarau. INSIGHT MAGAZINE | 65


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INSIGHT magazine's next theme is:

"Bitter / Sweet"

We are looking for your artwork! send it to: insightsubmit@gmail.com

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