TEAM FOUNDER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR Chantal Vaca EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Eunice Alpasan EVENT PLANNER/ASST. CREATIVE DIRECTOR Emma Sielaff CURATORS Eunice Alpasan Rusty Green Emma Sielaff Elle Terrado Chantal Vaca COVER ARTIST Emma Sielaff WRITERS Anna Pevey Chantal Vaca LAYOUT DESIGN Rusty Green Iffat Memon Emma Sielaff Chantal Vaca
ISSUE 006 19
frosted flakes treilage
Rebirth of the Naked Baby
Letter From the Team
The Garden of Ediacara
Maggie on Bricks
Something Like Memory
Blast From The Past
All Done Here
Emotions in Art
‘An academic in sex work’
From the Windy City, Through the Plaything Cornfields, Across the Atlantic and Back: Interview with Cover 56 Artist Emma Sielaff Overworked, Underappreciated
Life Giving Energy
The Book of Fuzz
Smug Lil Mugs
Meet the Artists
Wait For Us, Just For Now
May 2020 Dear Reader, The Collective Magazine is more than an art magazine. We are a community of artists and students that collaborate, express, share and enjoy each other’s company through the array of events we host throughout the year. These moments we share together are what make The Collective what it is. Each semester, we rely heavily on being with one another to make each issue as special as they are. With the efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we haven’t been able to gather as a community as we usually would. Issue 006 is still as special as each issue that came before it. This issue is not only a celebration of the artists, work and team that created it, but is most importantly a way to connect with one another while we can’t in person. Even though we can’t be there to share a hug, drink, kiss, cry or laugh, we’re still together through this issue. So, sit in the sun, get comfy and put on a smile because we’re here to celebrate in solidarity but as a community. As always, thank you for supporting us. We hope to see you soon. For now, enjoy. With love, The Collective Magazine <3
ART BY BRENDAN Oâ€™SHAUGHNESSY The Garden of Ediacara (2020)
ART BY KRISTINA SUTTERLIN Alina (2018)
ART BY ILAN ELENBOGEN stagnant stretching (2019)
ART BY KAITLIN SMRCINA Maggie on Bricks (2020)
ART BY ST. ROBBERY Something Like Memory (2020)
Reader Check-In Traditionally, The Collective Magazine publishes the hand written responses of attendees at a house show in Urbana, Illinois, to a question we asked. With a statewide stay-at-home order in place, we checked in with our readers through Instagram by asking a series of questions. GRAPHIC BY RUSTY GREEN
What are you happy about today? - Waking up early and being productive - Repotted some of my plants - My cat - The rain
What have you been binge watching while staying home? - American Horror Story - Bojack Horseman - Harvey Birdman - That 70s Show - Steven Universe
What is your goal for today? - Make art for my class instead of for myself - Make tea and sit in the sun - Make vegan brownies - Sleep before midnight - Take a walk
What have you been doing during lockdown? - All of the yoga, so I can be zen as fuck - Crocheting a cardigan from scratch - Catching up with my family - Trying new recipes - Writing poetry - Art my dudes!
What is the first thing you will do after quarantine? - Go back to campus to see my friends - Kiss all the homies goodnight - Have a picnic with friends - Party until I drop - Go to the club
ART BY TEST TEST (2019)
ART BY ILAN ELENBOGEN frosted flakes treilage (2020)
ART BY MARIA SPECK Rebirth of the Naked Baby (2020)
ART BY VICTOR AVITIA Comfort (2018)
ART BY MARIA SPECK All Done Here (2019)
ART BY TEST TEST (2019)
ART BY BRENDAN Oâ€™SHAUGHNESSY Untitled (2019)
ART BY EMMA SIELAFF Letting out my FEELINGS (2020)
met Chicago native Emma Sielaff in the fall of 2016 my freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Allen Hall. She lived in the dorm next to mine, and we quickly became friends. We shared a communal bathroom with the rest of our floor, we ate dinner in the dining hall and we explored Urbana house shows. At the time, she was a division of general studies major and always drew on USPS priority mail stickers and randomly placed them around town. I’ve never met anyone like Emma. She’s loud, silly, adventurous, free-spirited and loving. On a summer night before our sophomore year, I told Emma my idea for creating The Collective Magazine. Immediately, she was on board. She became one of the co-founders and took the role of head of event planning. Second semester of sophomore year, Emma transferred to the new media major in the School of Art and Design. She is an illustrator, papermaker and zine maker. In honor of her last semester at U of I and working with The Collective Magazine, we chose Emma to design our sixth cover. Without her support and dedication for planning numerous events, ranging from art galleries to house shows, The Collective Magazine would not be where it is today.
Up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki Murukami, along with a blue Bic lighter, a half melted candle and an inhaler. A clear string lined with pink and orange butterflies hangs from the ceiling. The walls are covered in art and posters I recognize from her freshman year dorm, like the Alice in Wonderland poster that hangs above her bed with the Chesire cat smiling down at us as we chat. You’ve been working with The Collective Magazine for three years now. How does it feel to work on the cover for our sixth issue? I’m like, “Hell yes, bitch!” I’ve been waiting. It feels right though because this is my little baby, and I’ve had work in it every time. I’ve always wanted to do the cover, so it feels good as my little parting from the magazine. It feels right. It feels like a nice goodbye and a nice ending for me. You’re graduating soon. How do you ART BY EMMA SIELAFF Stuck (2020) feel about pursuing an art education through a university?
I don’t like new media, just the program itself here. I think new media is a really cool art form, and I think it’s really underrated, and no one really understands or talks about it, so it’s really cool to learn about it. Being an art student at a Now as seniors, we sit on her bed and chat about research university hasn’t been as fun and experher experience as an art major and her artwork. imental as you want art to be. A lot of my profesOn her bedside table lies the book “The Wind- sors, and the school in general, just kinda drill
certain techniques into you just because they’re like, “You have to learn this!” I wish the new media program was a little bit more fun and a little bit more experimental that challenges more of your personal growth, which is what I got ahold of when I went to London, and I was learning illustration, which is what I really wanted to do. The only reason I’m in new media is because I didn’t really like a lot of the art majors they offered here, and new media seemed like the one that was broad enough for me to be able to dabble into a lot of things. I didn’t want to just do painting. I mean I paint things, but I didn’t want to just paint. I didn’t really want to just do graphic design. So, I chose new media, but illustration was what I was really intrigued with, and that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to do drawing and illustration, so when I went to London, it was really fun because I felt pushed to pursue my own personal style, rather than pursuing what the school wants to drill into me, so I can get a job. I think going to art school is really great, regardless of how much I don’t like it here. Just the community is really cool. I think it’s important to see other artists at your age and what they’re doing, not to compare yourselves to them but to be open to what you can make. I would not recommend going to art school here for anyone, but it is getting better, so that’s cool. How would you define new media? How they teach it at this school, I would say it’s really video and coding based. You’re learning a lot of video techniques, and you’re really pushed to create different sorts of videos under whatever category they assign you. It’s very video based and very coding heavy at this school, like website design and learning design coding, which is useful and interesting to some degree. After a while, it becomes the same old thing. It’d be cool to get more hands-on and animation-type digital stuff, but that isn’t something they teach here. New media is really weird to define because it’s something that’s been around for a really long time.
There were a lot of groundbreaking artists in the ‘60s and ‘70s that were doing new media stuff, but it wasn’t defined as that yet, like Nam June Paik was really big. I think it’s playing around experimentally digitally, so kind of what we’ve been taught with video and coding. It’s all technology and video based, and then I think it’s kinda what you make out of it. How do you think your semester abroad in London impacted you as an artist and your work? It definitely changed everything entirely. Before I came into it, I was doing a lot of drawing, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t really pushed to do that through the school. I was really into papermaking and just exploring a lot. When I came to London, I was ready to finally learn what I’d been wanting to learn because I hadn’t been pushed (at U of I), which is still an issue here, and I think you just have to push yourself on your own. I was really intrigued on learning illustration and drawing because I’ve always been interested in drawing cartoon-like characters and stuff. I still draw a lot of that, but I think (London) changed a lot of me because of structurally how the school is run, which is much more lax and it’s up to you to create whatever you want, and you can do it in your style, and it’s really open ended. When you’re given a little bit more freedom, which is what I wanted, it just felt so much better. The first project I did there was definitely in my safe zone. I just created a digital drawing. What really changed was the second project I did. I started making more experimental work because I was pushing myself. I felt like I drew a lot and it had to be clean and precise, so I started just fucking around and experimenting with different materials and started painting a lot of abstract things. The second project really changed me because I made a whole puppet box and built it from scratch out of wood and never did any woodwork before.
ART BY EMMA SIELAFF Indifference (2019)
ART BY EMMA SIELAFF Icon (2019)
I painted the whole thing, and I wrote a whole story, and I made all the characters and the set, and then I had to perform it. It was something I’d never ever done before, and I realized I loved it because I loved being hands-on with my work, rather than being super digital. You work across many mediums, including photography, papermaking, zinemaking, illustrating and painting. Is there an artform you like working with the most? I think illustration is really big and broad as a category. It’s not just drawings and cartoons. It can be so much more, and I think illustration is really about telling a story with whatever you’re creating. My work is somewhat illustration based, but I don’t think illustration is a medium. You can do illustration with photography and obviously with painting and drawing, but currently I’m really interested in papermaking because it’s really fun and hands-on. It’s really fun to create the material that I make my work on. Papermaking itself is an art because making the paper and dying the paper and what you can make the paper out of is really fun. I’m also currently interested in zinemaking, and I think illustration really flows into that and book arts. I love making little books. It’s so satisfying to see spreads of things. Zines are fun. Zines are my calling right now. I just want to make zines forever. The first zine I ever made was in London. I remember it was the first time I was using InDesign and we had to write an essay about what we wanted to do. Mine was about what I want to do with my future with what I’ve learned. We had to write the essay and then design it in InDesign. I remember formatting it in InDesign, and I put all this imagery in it. A few days later, I was like, “I’m gonna make a little book of random images, and it’ll be a little book of random images.” I made this zine because I thought it would be fun. Little did I know, it would stem into my life now. What intrigued me about it was the materiality of it. A lot of the zines I make are my imagery, so paintings
ART BY EMMA SIELAFF Little Motto (2020)
and pictures or weird things I’ve edited on photoshop. It’s a good way for me to encapsulate a lot of the things I’m making instead of just showing a painting I made. Here’s this painting, and I blew it up, and I digitalized it, and I put it in a zine. I think it’s a nice way to put a lot of work I made together in one and to fuck around with imagery, which is something I’m intrigued with. Looking at your work, I’ve noticed you use a lot of eccentric colors like lime green. I’ve also noticed you use a lot of primary colors. What attracts you to these colors? I’ve always really liked vibrant colors in my work. That’s something I’ve always had in my work. Color is fucking fun. It just makes something pop. If you know me, you know I’m super eccentric, and I want all the attention on me all the time. So, when I make my work, that bleeds out into it, and I want attention put on the work, so I want the 26
A lot of my art currently has been stemming from questions that I ask myself or thoughts that I’m having as a way of therapy. That’s helped a lot with my mental health. A lot of it has been writing out what I think and creating art from it to better understand sad thoughts that I have. That just comes out when you’re creating, and you’re thinking a lot and feeling a lot. That’s what’s been what’s happening because I feel like I’ve been thinking a lot and making a lot and feeling a lot. I think that’s a part making art, trying to find truth in your own art. What has been the most challenging piece you’ve worked on?
ART BY EMMA SIELAFF Big Happy (2020)
work to be vibrant and stand out. Primary color wise, I don’t even know. They stand and they go well together. I don’t know why I’m so attracted to them, but I literally today walked out the house wearing this yellow sweater and my red jacket and my blue jeans. I don’t know why I like them. I just like them because they go together and they stand out, and I want my art to stand out.
That book I just made, “Fried Egs.” That was a fucking crazy experience. Currently, that was the most challenging piece. I’d had the idea, had it all semester. Basically, it came down to wanting to make it for the exhibition. Honestly, this exhibition came sooner than I thought, and I lost a week for personal reasons. I made that whole book in a week. I printed out the images on a Sunday, and then that week went by where I didn’t do anything, but then our exhibition was on Friday and I had all the materials, but I hadn’t done any-
I’ve also noticed that while there’s bright colors that are associated with happiness, there’s a theme of sadness. Can you share more about this contrast within your work? My personal feelings have really bled into my work. A lot of my work is very childlike. I love using vibrant colors. I love scribbling things. I love Hello Kitty. I love very playful very childlike imagery. I love cartoons. I love smiley faces. I think that’s always been a part of my work. Currently, a lot of my personal life has been stemming into my work or a lot of my thoughts and what I think to myself, especially about graduating, going through some things with relationships, being here in the cornfields and having nothing to do.
ART BY EMMA SIELAFF Big Sad (2020)
ART BY EMMA SIELAFF FRIED EGS (2020)
thing. I spent the week making it. I cut all the fabrics, ironed all the fabrics, and then I had to lay out all the fabrics. A lot of it was me thinking technically about how I was gonna sew it, and how they were gonna be laid out. I made the pages, and then I had to sew the images onto the pages, and then once all the pages were made, I had to sew them all together. We had to set up Thursday, and I sewed it all Wednesday night. I stayed up â€˜til 2 or 3 a.m. every night that week making shit
for that exhibition. I was super nervous to sew that book because I had to sew it inside out so the seams donâ€™t show. That was the hardest thing I ever made because I did it in an incredibly fast amount of time and because I was under pressure. Now it is my child, but that was really hard to make.
ART BY SUNCLOUD0 Life Giving Energy (2020)
ART BY YESHUA XXX 82:88 (2020)
ART BY SKYLAR CHISM The Book of Fuzz (2020)
ART BY ELLE TERRADO Wait For Us, Just For Now (2020)
Art is the union of creation and expression. Artâ€™s catalyst, inspiration, is like art, boundless and exists in all forms. I spoke to local artists Valerie Morrice and Conner Meek about their artworkâ€™s sources of inspiration.
Valerie Morrice Graphic design and new media major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“I think I make my best pieces when I am desperate for something new to happen to me, or I’m mega sad and frustrated. I tend to feel like this after I go to a party and see that everyone is happy and having fun, and I’m getting hit with sleepiness or boredom. A lot of the art I make is me summarizing places and events I go to, expressing it through my art.”
ART BY VALERIE MORRICE Portrait of my friend Abi (2018)
â€œThe first time I went to a college party I was super overwhelmed with feelings of being underdressed and out of place. I felt severely uncool seeing everyone drink in their stellar outfits as I went to that party with the clothes I wore to class with my backpack. The next day I tried to summarize the party in my sketchbook with really shitty line work and sloppy coloring, and I ended up loving that style, and to this day, I still try to imitate that type of art.â€?
ART BY VALERIE MORRICE Salt (2018)
â€œI am heavily influenced by nature and mythology. Turning my wife or friends into depictions of old and powerful heroes or goddesses paints a story for me that is better than any book I could read. I was a biology major in college because of my fascination with the natural world. I am also influenced by pain. Vincent Van Gogh took years of depression and anxiety and used that energy to create enthralling and mystifying imagery. I view him as an inspiration when I use my own experiences with drug abuse and depression when attempting to convey these struggles with beauty.â€?
ART BY CONNER MEEK Untitled (2019)
Meek Writer and digital artist from Jacksonville, Illinois. Meek wrote and illustrated the fantasy novel, “The Complete History of Zuran.”
ART BY CONNER MEEK Untitled (2020)
“I believe the definition of art is the physical expression or representation of emotion. Emotions influence every decision a person makes in my opinion. In my own work, I enjoy self-portraits for just this reason, like a form of self-therapy. I have depicted myself as powerful, sickly, scared and stupid. I have painted myself in a cruel light and that of a savior.
During my detox from drug abuse, I depicted myself with self-deprecating tattoos and snakes erupting from my mouth and nose. Even if you don't know me and weren't told the backstory of the piece, I feel it is fairly easy to see that the artist was coming from a place of sadness or pain. My most recent self-portrait is bordered with animals and flowers. The piece still invokes some somberness, but I think it appears much more uplifting and hopeful than my previous work.” 38
ART BY VICTOR AVITIA Lick (2018)
ART BY JACK SCARO Blast From The Past (2020)
ART BY TAYLOR CHISM Inner Bliss (2020)
‘An academic in sex work’ By: Chantal Vaca
ou’re not a real woman. You’re not a real feminist. You don’t support women because you do sex work. You cater to men. You cater to hierarchies. These are words that Alisa Taranchuk, honors organic chemistry student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has received from women online who disprove of her amateur pornographic work. In November of 2019, Alisa created an account on OnlyFans, a social media platform structured similarly to Instagram and Twitter where users pay a monthly subscription to view people’s content and interact with them. In less than three weeks, she’s become one of the top ten percent of creators.
an affluent northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois. We never exchanged words other than the ones required for class discussion and the occasional small talk. During class discussions, her words were insightful and occasionally broken up by a nervous laugh. Since then, we’ve followed each other on Instagram and over the past four years, we’ve remained in little contact.
Like many high school graduated seniors, she planned to attend a four-year college in the fall. She was accepted and planned to attend Loyola University, a private Catholic research university based in the heart of Rogers Park in Chicago, Illinois. She attended orientation but ended up having to pull out She’s disciplined and organized, with each week of her enrollment when she and her parents were strategically scheduled into her Google Calendar. denied federal and several private loans from local Mondays and Wednesdays, she’s in class from 8 banks. a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, she records content for her OnlyFans, attends one class and studies for the rest As we sat on a cream-colored leather couch that of the day. Thursdays, she works at Whole Foods squeaked with any shift in movement, Alisa recalled and sometimes films in the morning before her shift. sitting in her childhood bedroom sobbing and feelFridays, she studies in the morning and attends class ing helpless. She felt penalized for having parents from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, she works from that dealt with financial struggles of their own, un7 a.m. to 3 p.m., leaving the rest of the day open able to get a loan because her mother has student for any unfinished work or errands. Sundays, she loan debt from attaining her MBA. spends half the day making content for her Only“There was no budging,” Alisa said. “I remember Fans and the other half studying. sitting in my bed and being like, ‘The quickest way Squeezing me into her schedule, I met with Alisa on for me to make any money is for me to go into sex a Sunday morning in early March at the Two Heart- work.’” ed Queen, a locally owned coffee shop and roaster located on the corner of W. Roscoe St. and N. Ra- Unwilling to give up her dream to study organic cine Ave. in Wrigleyville. While customers filled the chemistry, she enrolled at Harper College in Palainside, parked cars lined the residential streets out- tine, Illinois, only a 20-minute drive from her home in side. In almost four years, this was the first time I was Buffalo Grove. Determined to make as much money as quickly as possible, Alisa decided to become a seeing Alisa in person. sugar baby the summer before her first semester by I met Alisa in our AP literature class in our senior receiving money for being in intimate relationships. year at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, located in As Alisa began sugaring, she kept it from her par47
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE O.X. PROJECT Alisa Taranchuk poses for her OnlyFans promotional content.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE O.X. PROJECT Alisa Taranchuk poses for her OnlyFans promotional content.
ents because it was a territory she was beginning to map out. About a month into it, Alisa told her mother about sugaring. Alisa told her she was going to start sugaring because she needed money. She didn’t divulge all the expectations of sugaring. She simply said she was going on dates for money. Her mother was supportive, yet sad. Her mother was sad that society made it difficult for Alisa to get a loan and be independent in her own right, leaving her with limited options. Since then, Alisa nor her mother have spoken about it. “It’s the fact that you can’t get a job, you can’t get a loan, you can’t do any of this, so you’re sort of forced to do this, which is how I felt at the time,” Alisa said.
with that – I don’t know you.” His response? “Well you’re a sugar baby.” Instantly, her feelings toward sugaring dissolved. Reflecting on that moment with an iced hibiscus tea in hand, Alisa nonchalantly laughed and said, “I ended up not seeing that man again because I was like, ‘I’m too good for him.’” That first interaction catalyzed Alisa’s understanding of sex work and perception of clients. She now saw sex work as performance and business. “I had to do a lot of work on how to create, effectively, two versions of me, one that is my true, authentic self and one that I present to clients,” Alisa said.
“It’s the fact that you can’t get a job, you can’t get a loan, you can’t do any of this, so you’re sort of forced to do this, which is how I felt at the time.”
During her year and a half of sugaring, which In May of 2016, Alisa ended in December of joined SeekingArrange2017 when she gradument, a sugar baby ated from Harper Coland sugar daddy datlege and attained her associate degree in oring website with the intended purpose of pairganic chemistry, Alisa never felt in danger. By ing men with women engaging with men of who are looking to be high status with a minispoiled, financially supported or mentored. mum annual income of half a million, there was “I remember the first a general understanddate I ever went on was ing between them that kind of a huge dud,” Alisa said. if they mistreated her, she could compromise their careers and personal lives by speaking out. Alisa atChaperoned by a friend, she met with a traveling tributes her safety during this time of her sex work to businessman at a sushi restaurant in downtown Chi- her ability to wield power over these men. cago. Although she didn’t feel nervous to meet the man, she felt nervous about initiating the subject “There’s a very hard boundary there that they did of money because she didn’t want to overstep any not want to cross because they knew that I knew too boundaries and ruin her chances of potentially re- much,” Alisa said. ceiving financial support. As an 18-year-old negotiating with 50-year-old powDuring the date, the man leaned over to kiss Alisa, erful men, Alisa recognized her naïveté as her vulbut she rejected him and told him, “I’m not okay nerability. However, her self-awareness protected
her from doing work that she did not want to do. a month, she agreed to spending three nights with If she was asked to do more than what was initially him. agreed upon, she wouldn’t budge and succumb to “Sometimes I would even say that I needed more her clients’ requests. than I actually did, or I needed less than I actually No arrangement is the same, but Alisa describes did because I could tell that the person was unwilleach as a business deal, except instead of negotiat- ing to cooperate with me, so I’d be like, ‘Oh, I only ing in a conference room illuminated by cold, white need this much,’ but in the back of my mind, I knew LED lights around a long, rectangular laminated I had other people to turn to,” Alisa said. table surrounded by black swivel chairs, the deal is discussed over dinner or coffee, or in Alisa’s case, After Alisa graduated from Harper College, she stopped sugaring and moved to Barcelona in Februperhaps iced tea. ary 2018, to work at a lab for a 3-D food printing Before any proposals were formulated, Alisa out- company called Mood Bites. Taking advantage of lined her need for financial assistance with student the flexibility in her schedule, she traveled alone to loans and discussed her client’s annual income and the Netherlands, Monaco, Portugal, Germany, Mobudget. She then tailored her client’s offer to the rocco, Italy (twice), Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and service she can provide. If a client offered her $200 France. In the spring of 2018, she booked a one-way 51
fact that I was not doing that, it just felt very wrong to me,” Alisa said. She refused to take out a $65,000 loan to attend Loyola University, having felt disillusioned by fouryear private universities. So instead, she applied for and got accepted to UIC for fall 2019. To support herself throughout the year and half before her enrollment at UIC, she worked full-time at Whole Foods. A few months into her first semester at UIC, Alisa created her profile on OnlyFans. She always wanted to be public with her sex work because she loved it, but originally pursued sugaring because it was covert and could keep it from her parents, which was initially important to her. Eventually, Alisa said she stopped giving a shit. “I kind of came to the mentality of, if my parents disown me or penalize me for doing sex work, that’s on them; that’s not on me,” Alisa said. No longer feeling obligated to hide the work she loves to do, Alisa committed to it. Now charging $15.99 a month to subscribe as opposed to the $7.99 she initially charged, Alisa attributes her success on OnlyFans to her authenticity, PHOTO COURTESY OF THE O.X. PROJECT discipline and quality of content. Although Alisa’s Alisa Taranchuck poses for her OnlyFans promotional content. work is defined as ‘amateur’ because she’s not a mainstream porn star, her high-res quality footage ticket to London and left Spain but felt an urgency to is far from it. Utilizing a ring light and boom arm, return home and get to work. which holds a camera directly over her bed, Alisa caters to several points of view for her subscribers. “I was living my true authentic life, and I was having Also, having a fashion photographer boyfriend who a blast, but at one point it stopped feeling construchelps with filming and photoshoots elevates the overtive,” Alisa said. “I’m very much the type of person all quality as well. who I always have to feel like I’m working towards something, and I just didn’t feel like I was anymore.” A month after Alisa created her OnlyFans account and started to post, her boyfriend, then a stranger, In the summer of 2018, she moved back to her childdirect messaged her on Instagram asking her to modhood home and stayed with her parents for a month el in one of his photoshoots. Convinced by his folbefore moving to Rogers Park in Chicago. Living in lowing count of over 8,000, Alisa agreed to it. After the off-campus community of Loyola University, Alisa wrapping up the shoot in two hours, the two bonded hoped to attend but still couldn’t. quickly over a seven-hour chat. “I’ve always really enjoyed being in school and the 52
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE O.X. PROJECT Alisa Taranchuck poses for her OnlyFans promotional content.
“During the seven hours, I told him all the nitty gritty of what my work does, the crazy things I’ve experienced, the weird things, what customers asked me to do, so, I served it to him on a platter and was like, ‘You can have it if you want it, but letting you know, this is what it’s like,’” Alisa said. He fully accepted her and supported her work, often eager to help with producing and editing.
Alisa never feels offended by these messages and often engages with these women to disintegrate their misconceptions about voluntary sex work. “There’s never been a man that’s told me, ‘It’s bad that you do sex work’ or ‘I don’t like that you do sex work’ because they don’t give a shit,” Alisa said.
“When you talk of this sort of dynamic and you pigeonhole women or sex workers into this narrative, Unlike Alisa, many of her friends who do sex work not only do you deprive them of their agency, but keep their sex work from their partners because you’re actually contributing to a hierarchy that was they’re terrified of being reprimanded or left by their established in the first place, by saying I can’t make partner. decisions for myself,” Alisa said. Ranging from earning $1000 to almost $7000 a With the money Alisa makes from OnlyFans, she is month, Alisa has around 1000 subscribers, 70 per- paying off her student and credit card loans, helpcent of them are men and ing support her parents the other 30 percent are and facilitating her move women. Of the women to West Chicago. Since that subscribe to Alisa, she’s enrolled at UIC many are sex workers and her student loans that subscribe to get a are frozen, she doesn’t feel for what other sex feel the need to funnel workers are doing or for every penny she makes showing support. to pay her student loans.
“...because I sell pussy, I’m now unable to do titrations? That’s ridiculous.”
Once she graduates from UIC, Alisa plans to pursue a PhD in organic chemistry. Leaving it to future Alisa to deal with, she’s not worried about her online sex work hindering her from organic chemisAlisa is a favorite of many ‘fans,’ especially amid try job openings upon graduation. the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home order of several states. A subscriber messaged her saying, “I can be an organic chemist, and I can also do sex “Not to be a creep but you are my go-to during this work; I just happen to be an academic in sex work,” quarantine.” Alisa said. She refuses to be seen as subhuman because she loves doing sex work. Despite receiving support through subscribers and an online community of sex workers on Twitter al- “People are allowed to have interests outside of their most daily, Alisa receives messages from women jobs that have absolutely no impact on the work that who disprove of her sex work at least once a day. they do, but the fact that because I sell pussy, I’m They ask, “Why are you selling pussy? Do you have now unable to do titrations? That’s ridiculous,” Alisa no value? Do you not care about your self-worth?” said. “I have a lot of bigger women that are subscribed to me sheerly for support or because they wanna see a fat woman in porn,” Alisa said.
ART BY RUSTY GREEN Plaything (2020)
ART BY RUSTY GREEN Overworked, Underappreciated (2020)
ART BY ANNABEL HUBER Smug Lil Mugs (2020)
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Meet the Artists Does this make sense what Iâ€™m saying? IG: @big.smiley.face
Kristina is a freelance and commission artist that specializes in expressive portraiture and considers storytelling to be a vital part of her work. IG: @kristina.sutterlin.art
I work with non-functional forms that strive to simplify art sculptures in a satirical way, making art objects more visually accessible and appealing to any audience.
KAITLIN SMRCINA 59
I am excited about the intrinsic playfulness of fiber and textiles and how it relates to the bizarre ecology of cnidarians, fungi and porifera.
I photograph locations I find interesting regarding shapes, colors, textures etc. and use them to inspire my design. U of I class of 2023, BA in Graphic Design.
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Meet the Artists My paintings are forms of social criticism. I build worlds which reflect human nature and the shifting conditions of the real.
Bobby is an artist and a human. Bobby Loves You.
BOBBY SAX (SUNCLOUD0)
Give yourself over to joy and your life will flow.
Hey! Iâ€™m Victor, and I like making all kinds of art. IG: @victoravitia
Yeshua XXX: art hoe, faggot, stoner. www.yeshua.xxx IG: @shu.b.doo
I am really fun. IG: @etrdo TikTok: @mouseboob
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Meet the Artists My art to me is just raw and unplanned. I’m a strong believer in saying it’s not about the equipment or money, but how you’re able to capture a moment. IG: @jackscareoh
Fake it ‘til you make it. IG:@ IHateRusty; @Rustll
Making art brings me so much joy and I hope I can keep creating for the rest of my life. I love it as a hobby, I love it as a job, and I love it when it brings happiness to someone else.
I’m a junior industrial design student, but I have a great big passion for ceramics and sculpture! IG: @a.k.huber
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