Impulse issue

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Our idea is to create a platform where the new generation of artists have a place to showcase their talent. A place with no rules, no limitations. A place where the old school idea of ‘making art for art’s sake’ was prominent. A collective space for the creators of the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. We like to think of this as the beginning of a new wave.

We’re an artistic collective. We’re a visual guide. We’re the New School.

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4 Features 4

Jesse Gabriel Kessler-Groom


Ilana Hope


Quinn Baganz


Damon Lundy


Jon Wittmann


Sarah Berman


Kristen Matuszak


Wardrope Wonders


Little Blueberryy


Four Fall Recipes


Tiny Blue Ghost


Art Submissions



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Alekz Pacheco | Editor-in-chief | @alekzpacheco

Emily Hilliard | Head designer | @emilyhilliard


Keldon Polacco | Assistant designer | @kelpolacco


Lexie Coulum| Associate editor | @lexie_coulum

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Jesse Gabriel Kessler-Groom Sculpture & Wood Design My work is inspired by the ingenuity of human organization, and in particular the unstoppable urbanization this world is currently experiencing. As a fourth generation resident of New York City, I am predisposed to be fascinated by the urban environment which is dominated by concrete, lights, and movement. My studies in geography only furthered my understanding to a somewhat academic level rather than purely observation. However, my art and furniture is rooted in the primary experiences and observations made when growing up. The first sculpture I made, Object #1, is my most direct commentary on the human- city relationship. My work after that was larger and more involved with function, which happens to be a great thing for continuing my conceptual interests, as cities are most concerned

with function. The unit called, Special Spacious, is inspired by how cities function. Well, more so, how cities and their plans manipulate function. The unit is supposed to manipulate and make you conscious of your use of such a storage unit, similar to how the way that a city is cut up by mono- and multi- directional blocks in order to direct human movement. Which brings me to another urbaninspired theme in my work: Movement. Mind the Thap, Crawwll, and Abuelita, are all dominated by the sense of movement. Abuelita never stops moving in form, Crawwll and Mind the Thap are seating arrangements that seem to be moving forward, and MTT is actually made for the setting of a transportation hub, similar to the bulky benches already in the NYC underground!

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It’s hard to see the light when surrounded within it. Leaving one wanting more; once pulled into darkness it is easy to realize what the light once looked like, wanting nothing greater. -K

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I create images that evoke a sense of of innocence and loss. I incorporate natural elements, human elements, as well as my own personal iconography to make my own narrative a part of a greater, human, whole. What makes each of us who we are, the symbols we understand and the stories that we learn throughout our lives are all incredibly personal and unique things. Using aspects of printmaking, graphic design, illustration, painting, and more to create my works I try to access different ranges of emotion and reach different audiences with my stories. I embrace both my own narrative placed in the work and the connection that each viewer finds in it as well, and see each illustration as an intimate dialogue between myself and the world.

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Quinn Baganz The impulse to create is a very interesting thing, it cannot be taught, it cannot be forced, it’s simply something that occurs naturally. Observation is arguably the root of creation. As creators, we express our ideas through different mediums based on the world around us. The impulse to create comes alive when something bothers us, when we feel inspiration is needed, or when we as artists feel there is an opportunity to be relatable and beneficial to an audience or society as a whole. Creation is an empowerment that is addictive and in term transforms into a lifestyle filled with impulsive creation. The leader of a country may hold power, but the real power is in the hands of the impulsive creators who can sway an entire population’s opinion with the correct execution.

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Damon Lundy Impulse in my art: Honestly a lot of my art has traveled with me through my life in the sense of the faces I draw. I started drawing these little monsters as a release for my inner anxiety, which I denied for a long time. These doodles were kind of like words translated into a visual way that would be tangible for me and I could be with constantly. I fill everything I do with them and they have transformed and grown with me. I wouldn’t say they are self-portraits but they are definitely a representation of the world as I see it. These little monsters are hidden in all of us and they say things that we may be afraid to say aloud. A lot of the people that know me might say I’m composed or honest; but I don’t think that’s true. I live in a blunt life where I try to keep things in very few shades. I think the world is fucking crazy and the way I rationalize it is to put myself into a neurotic mind state and draw everywhere and flood my environment with my monsters. I have this tick that tends to manifest itself when I live in an area for a period of time where I end up covering my area with almost an installation of these little drawings that follow me everywhere and represent my style. A lot of the text that goes along with the drawings is written in the form of poetry or inner ramblings and it’s how I keep myself rational and happy. 16 | November - December 2016 | New School Magazine | @damon_lundy

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Jon Wittmann When I was in preschool I got kicked off the drawing table because I was drawing too much. I drew at the writing table instead. When I was in middle school my English teacher gave me shit because I was drawing too much. The poster I drew is still hanging in her class. When I was in high school my math teacher would yell at me because I was drawing too much. The project I drew got me to pass. I create thru impulse. Every idea is completed or discarded. I don’t use pencil, everything is permanent.

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Sarah Berman Biological Visual Artist |

First Instances You Remember Creating I fell in love with creating when I was a little kid. I had moved to a new town and a new school where I had a hard time making friends, and spent a lot of time playing alone, imagining up new worlds behind my house. I think for me art began as - and still is - my way of having something tangible to understand

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different curiosities of the world around me. I wrote tons and tons of stories about people going on all types of curious adventures in those early years. I’d create these different shoe-box dioramas to try to understand different animals and plants, and outer-space. The mysteries of simply existing on earth have always consumed a lot of my thoughts in that

way; for as long as I can remember I’ve been documenting what I’m looking at or thinking of, in whatever means seemed suitable at the time, to add to a continual stream of fascination. A lot of my time growing up was spent hiking in the woods or walking along rocky rivers with my dad, who collects bottles and rocks from the ground. I’d carry around this *super high-tech* 3 megapixel digital camera (with no screen) and take pictures of leaves in the rivers or fields we’d find spiders in. I never really stopped taking pictures ever since. I used to say I saw the world through a camera lens. Around middle school, when I wasn’t wandering and capturing things, I spent a lot of time on the computer meeting people on kid websites, because I was still having a difficult time fitting in at school. I met a lot of other kids on there that were

making graphics and collages for their pages out of pictures on Paint Shop Pro, (similar to Photoshop) and I taught myself how to make graphics, code HTML, and use digital brushes. Honestly, a lot of knowledge of digital graphics tools that I use for work every day stemmed from just being a kid trying to make friends on the internet (every parent’s worst nightmare.) It was natural for all these things to remain a main part of my life. Getting lost with my camera helped me through almost everything as I got older. My neighbor/best friend Alyssa Redenti and I would explore the apple orchards across the street from our houses and I would photograph her, and then we’d walk home and draw together. She was the most talented artist I’d ever met, and it really inspired me to keep drawing and painting. I think I learned to draw largely from just New School Magazine | November - December 2016 | 23

watching her study shapes and light while she was drawing. A lot of realizations followed about the way I look at the natural world and my interest in science. Seeing patterns in nature and the human body felt so seductive to me, and studying them would give me a weird rush to drink a pot of coffee and stay up all night drawing and thinking about them. In those late-night spells I realized that I’m probably here to do just that.

Why You Continued Creating When I was 17, I moved to New York City for college, trying to find some happy medium between science and art, that at the time seemed like one big unresolving frustration. I never felt that creating, for me, was supposed to amount to my work being mounted on the walls of some gallery. My process was more of a study, a documentation, a magnifying glass into what I’m looking at, and how I could show someone else what I’ve learned or seen. It was then that I realized that the word “science” has a sort of funny connotation attached to it for most people. Maybe all of the loads of information and numbers and theories have boggled people down into an intimidating disinterest in bothering with such complex things. But to me, science was just the curiosities that drove me to think openly and playfully as a kid. It was all of the amazing things around me that I don’t understand, and don’t feel a need to have the answers to. It was all things in nature that inspire me, and all the opportunities to explore the “what-ifs” and the “whys.” Somewhere as we grow older, I think many people connect that natural sense of wonder and curiosity we have as kids to all

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the dense information that is attached to it in grade school and can quickly lose interest. I realized in college that I the goal of my art is to ultimately make others feel that playful and wonderous part of “science,” for them to be mesmerized by the simple beauty of things that seem so infinitely complex. My work is about just looking closer and deeper at the things we coexist with and experiences, and picking them apart a little bit. I’d say doing this is an impulse for me – mostly involuntary and second-nature. Although I majored in illustration, I started gearing all of my courses and work toward scientific or biological image-making. For my senior thesis project, I created an installation to let others physically experience that feeling of excitement about science and art. I created illustrations of the human body that were grown from living fluorescent bacteria at a lab in Brooklyn, and pushed for interaction with the paintings through motion sensors and sound. It was incredible to see the reaction and interest of viewers to learn more about what they had experienced. I strive for my work to continually bring about that feeling in those who see it.

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when you are humble yet find the confidence that something you love doing greatly will find its own specific niche in the world, you are Since graduating in 2015, I started a visual destined to find that place and others will want art business upstate in New Paltz, and have to be a part of it. College was difficult at times, the opportunity to work for different clients feeling like I didn’t fit with other fiction-based around the world every day creating medical and biological illustrations. I get excited about illustrators, or being told that it wasn’t okay to taking on all kinds of different projects ranging “advertise” myself as an artist who does many different things, but I pushed and dug to find from pharmaceuticals, to calligraphy for where there was a place for what I love to do events, to traveling for litigation graphics. I currently find myself very inspired by the down- and incorporate my love for natural sciences. I also found that art directors even appreciate to-earth atmosphere of the Hudson Valley, my varying skillsets because I can complete traveling frequently, meeting new people and many different parts of a project that may hearing their stories, books, playing my harp, colors in nature, physics and biology. Naturally, often take multiple people. I aspire for my freelance business to keep I’m still very connected to my photographic roots (or as I like to call it – time capturing) and reaching outward and for my understanding of the human body and other species to never integrate photography as a regular practice stop expanding as well. I’m extremely lucky to in my life and business. If I were to give advice be able to wake up every day and do what to a younger artist, it would be to focus on what makes you feel the most passionate, and comes as an impulse to me, and share it with others. - Sarah J Berman find a way to do that every single day. I think

Current Inspirations/Aspirations, & Advice to Younger Artists

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FRAGMENTED | Kristen Matuszak

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Winter is coming!! Whether you like it or not, summer is over! Now it's time for my favorite season...fall! I think the reason fall is my favorite is because I absolutely love to layer my outfits. You kind of have to when it's freezing in the morning, and warmer midday. I get a lot of use out of my denim jacket all year round because I like to layer it over tees and sweaters as it gets cooler. Plus, it's thin enough to put under a winter coat if need be. A good denim jacket is a staple piece I think everyone needs to own. And why stop wearing dresses and skirts? Paired with some warm knee high socks you can rock any dress or skirt all year round. My first look is an edgy, layered look. Tied around your waist, or worn under a jacket, plaid can be the finish touch you need to complete your look. And when I get up and decide I want to rule the day, I put on these killer black heels from target. This whole outfit, minus the boots are from Pacsun. The tee and denim jacket are brandy melville.

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My second outfit is a little bit dressier but still warm and comfy if you're getting dressed up for the holidays, or just because. I'm always cold, but that never stops me from wearing what I want! Warm knee highs and a big scarf tie this look together and keep me warm. This plaid skirt (here I go again with plaid- no shame!) is from gypsy warrior. The booties and sweater are from Aeropostale, and the scarf is from Accessorize. My style inspiration lately has been coming from laying in bed after a long day and scrolling through Instagram and tags for outfits I enjoy. Some of my favorite bloggers are Luanna90, deaddsouls, and prettylittlefawn- Check them out!

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Gap jeans

H&M tshirt

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Converse shoes

Daniel Wellington Watch

Modern Amusement (PacSun) green bomber jacket

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Urban outfitters tshirt

Gap jean jacket

To me, style is an outer reflection of who we are internally. Fashion not only creates a layer of confidence but it also gives us the ability to step outside the front door and be whatever it is you want to be. My main inspirations of fashion stem from artists such as Kid Cudi, Mick Jenkins and

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Bullhead jeans

Aldo boots

ASAP Rocky, who effortlessly combine characteristics such as street and urban wear as well as combining simplistic pieces with modern fits. The thing that I find so fascinating about fashion is that it's ever evolving just like us.=

Daniel Wellington watch H&M hat

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Little Blueberryy Brooke Lauren Michaels Saugerties, 22

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I started making jewelry when I was about 13 years old, just for fun. I never thought I was particularly good at it or anything. I dwelled a bit more into it while in college, traveling from New York City to Buffalo- actually, the beginning of my business started when I would knit headbands to stay warm in the winter there. People eventually caught on, and I think they could really start seeing my passion being reflected through my work, my jewelry especially. Once I graduated from school, I was able to fully invest my time into making this into my reality, and creating what Little Blueberryy is today. My brand, like the name suggest, was something that formed rather organically. The essence is derived from something completely holistic in relation to the Earth; organic. I wanted it to represent nature- something I’m all about. And when I was little, I had these bright blue eyes, and

my family would call me ‘Little Blueberry.’ The name just correlated all these ideas and important moments in my life together. My process is completely impulsive. My daily actions all contribute to my work, and I find myself being inspired by all moments of life. I’m constantly working, creating- its this burning passion; something otherworldly. I love every minute of creating, and I really believe that is why it feels so natural. My creative flow is something completely organic. You can’t really make up a passion. Passion is completely out of your control. Passion is success.

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Four Fall Recipes To Make You Seem Fancier Than You Actually Are by Raechel Manzler

The fall is a great time to experiment with combining the sweet, salty, and savory. Yes, we are all familiar with the Pumpkin Spice craze, but there is so much more to work with and this fall is the time for you to give it a try! The Hudson Valley is an incredible place to find local, fresh, and (perhaps most importantly) affordable ingredients, and what could be better than to take a day with family or friends and go to your nearest Farm or Market to pick up some of the best seasonal foods!

Although we all like to grab a cup of hot apple cider and a donut, maybe we can get a little bit more creative! These four recipe ideas are simple, cheap, and quick fixings to jump into the fall foodie mood (& they seem far more impressive than they actually are). If you’re reading this article, I am going to assume that you are much more than the “Food for Fuel” type of human. You probably enjoy tapas, mysterious cheeses, and craft beer. If so, please read further.

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If you are worried about the cost of some of these ingredients, don’t be. Being a college student/young adult is all about smart shopping and focusing on prioritizing. For example, some weeks I chose to eat like a champion and then others, my microwave oatmeal is breakfast,

lunch, and dinner. It’s about balance, folks. So, if you’re the least bit interested, I highly advise you to give these a try and take them even a little bit further to customize each to your own taste preferences. For all you Photog Foodies, I expect a perfectly lit Instagram/SnapChat post.

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Open-Face Autumn Sandwiches

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Let’s be real. Open-faced sandwiches are an amazing excuse to shove as much food on top of your bread of choice and call it done. Sandwiches can be as artsy or as basic as you choose for them to be, but where’s the fun in a boring the PB&J you eat for lunch every week? The example above is what I chose to create for my Autumn Open-Face Sammie, but is mostly intended to inspire you and get your mind moving around this concept.

Recipe: Italian Bread, toasted 2 tbsp Apple Butter (I got mine at Hurds Family Farma full jar is only $5!) ⅛ cup yellow onion, caramelized (sauté over medium heat until soft) 1 tbsp apple cider 1 tsp brown sugar Sliced Granny Smith Apples (to fit) Thinly Sliced Proscuitto (as desired) *for an extra bite, add cheese of choice, brie or goat cheese would be delish*

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Apple Cider Mimosa If you have any form of social media, I’m confident that you have come across one or more photos of these “oh so fancy” fall beverages. The truth is, there is nothing fancy about them other than the fact that we put it in a nice (or dollar store, in my case) champagne glass and pretend that it is, but who’s to say that that’s a bad thing? Last week, my roommates and I had some friends over in the late morning for some of these “decadent” bubbly drinks, and, mind you, they are made of nothing more than apple cider and champagne, but nevertheless, in the midst of our messy apartment, we had a great brunch.

How to Make: Dip rim in a small dish of caramel syrup & then in a small dish of brown sugar & cinnamon mixture Fill glass ¼ glass of Apple Cider (mine is from Apple Hill Farm) ¼ glass of Champagne It’s that easy, people.

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Brown Sugar Baked Sweet Potato (with all the works) SO, here’s the deal. This could not be easier so don’t even start with me that you can’t make this. If you do not like sweet potatoes, I am unsure how you have even come this far in the article because that’s just nonsensical, my friend. I apologize, I am sensitive about my respect for it’s majestic edible existence. Here is my “dinner” addition to this list of recipe ideas for now, and it of course can be modified to your own liking.

Recipe: 1 Sweet Potato (or Yam if you’re into that sort of thing) 2 Strips of Applewood Smoked Bacon, cooked 1 tsp Maple Syrup (lite syrup would probably help your blood sugar for this one) Spoonful of Brown Sugar (however much you want, honestly) All you need to do is cook up the bacon until crisp, wrap the potato in tin foil, bake around 425°F until soft, and then toss the rest on top… and that is all.

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Pumpkin Beer Float Alright, I admit, I am a big fan of Pumpkin Spice, but in this case, it is far from basic. If you’re a 21+ pumpkin lover, and enjoy flavored beers, this is the dessert drink for you. It is the perfect marriage of the bitterness of the beer, spice of the nutmeg & pumpkin, and creamy sweetness of the vanilla ice cream. You can make it to taste- more ice cream, less beer or more beer less ice cream. If you are not of age, do not fear- there is such a thing as Pumpkin Root Beer (try Fitz’s)!

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Tiny Blue Ghost Q: What are some of the first instances you remember playing music? A: I’ve always had a passion for music, even as a child. My mom claimed that I was always singing something, and I even danced for a bit in my childhood. I started to take piano lessons around 7 years old, and from there it kinda developed. I learned that I had an “ear for music” and was really good at picking things up and playing them.

extremely healing, and I play to have fun and continue to meet awesome people along the way.

happens hahaha. Again, music is a personal release, so it’s not something I’m trying to live off of/benefit financially from.

Q: Any advice you’d give a younger artist? A: Never give up. I know it’s corny, but you really never know how far something will go if you quit. I started this project the beginning of 2015, and it wasn’t until the very end of last year (November/December 2015) that I started picking up acoustic gigs. 2016 has been a Q: Why do you continue to crazy ride, and it just completely play? took off. I’ve gotten to open A: Music for me is my #1 release, for some of my favorite bands and I NEVER once thought it and I think it’s a very effective was possible, and learned how way to express yourself. The important networking really is. beauty of it is that literally You just have to remember to anyone can make music, and I think it’s awesome to see all the stay humble along the way and different ways it can be created. you’ll be fine! Q: What do you hope to do with your creativity/art form(s)? A: I like to write music that can be personal but still relatable to other people. If my art can even remotely effect other people in a positive manner, that is the highest achievement I could hope of reaching. Music can be

Q: Aspirations? A: I know after college it’s going to be really hard to play shows, but since this was originally my solo project I’ll have the liberty to be at least a studio artist afterwards. I’ve got roughly a year and a half left so I guess we’ll see what

Q: How does impulse relate to your process? A: Well, the second lyrics pop into my head I write them down on my phone. The notes section on there has a lot of random one liners, and sometimes I get lucky enough where all the random lyrics I come up with at separate times make sense together. Same thing with the music component, I just noodle around on guitar and see what chords sound cool together and take it from there. But I if I’m out somewhere and something pops up in my head I absolutely HAVE to write it down, or else it’ll drive me crazy after. There’s a small window from coming up with something and writing it down before I forget it!

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Emily Hilliard

im¡pulse /‘im,p ls/ noun 1. a sudden strong and unreflective urge or desire to act. 2. a driving or motivating force; an impetus.

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Find the untraveled in the well traveled. -K

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Impulsive Actions Cheyenne Rossler Deadlines, school assignments, Etsy orders...These can be crucial reasons to make and finish a piece of art. Sprouting from the love of making art, these forces ponder the idea of necessity vs. impulse. Necessity to make money is common but difficult for some, especially if one is doing what they love. Making art and selling art are on different playing fields because appreciation for art is hard to teach while making art has become more accessible. Making art can be taught and appreciated but there are many artists who find it in themselves the need to create, it is their impulse. Art comes in all different forms; painting, photography, writing, fashion, performance, and even cooking. All these mediums involve one key aspect physicality. Whether it’s to convey emotions or practice a skill, making art can be an impulse and help identify a devoted artist. Craving to create something that can be traced from one’s mind, through the hands or other parts of the body, and into another’s mind is an example of an impulse to make art, unlike a job. Making art is an outlet to one’s creativity, clearing and emptying the mind can be most commonly done through the creative process of making art.

but impulsive artists have to, as a necessity to have a fulfilling life. An impulse to make art can come from the appreciation of crafting art by hand, or the intense beating of the heart to create visual works inspired by inner thoughts and feelings. An impulse to make art is something felt inside the body, that can’t be explained but only experienced. Personally, I have enjoyed creating art since a young age. Seeing a Van Gogh painting and recreating it with elementary school art supplies, such as tempera paint and q-tips, was an experience I’ll never forget. Heroes of mine, including Picasso and Matisse, continue to inspire me because of their control of visceral abstract communication with the viewer. I chose to paint and make handmade art because I find it hard to use words to express my impulsive, creative heart. Seeing, touching, and understanding a painting can only explain so much to an audience, that the physical making of a painting can’t always convey.

Being creative can come natural but can also be learned. The physicality of making art can inspire creativity. Using the world as a canvas, artists continue Artists can make art because they want to, reasons to explore their surroundings and their minds, to create being to make money or express their emotions. artworks inspired by impulse. One does not have to Artists who make art because they simply have to, paint or write to express their thoughts and emotions, on a deeper level than finance or talent, are driven by impulsive creativity. This impulse of creating art can result in profound meanings of an artwork and a connection with the artist through visual elements. Artists with an impulse to make art are people who will never stop creating, it is necessary for their mind and body. Doodling on napkins, arranging food for a pleasing composition, fiddling with scraps of plastic to create mini sculptures...These are everyday things with everyday items that artists, like myself, experience due to impulsive creativity. 70 | November - December 2016 | New School Magazine | @blindandbitter

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A swollen head and a turtleneck to push it all up. Today we can't believe the error of our ways We can't tell who from who and where from what. The gorgeous bike rider speaks to me in my sleep and says He'd like to kiss me. I question what I know I question what I know. -Portia Apple

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Lexie Coulum

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