Issue 8

Table of Contents: Issue 8

Letter from the Editor

Hart
Kate Garrett

Prevention is better than the cure
Kate Garrett

To Waste a Whole Heart in One Kiss
Carys Crossen
*Accompanied by artwork by Aurora*

Every Inch
Juliette van der Molen

First Blot
Juliette van der Molen

Mineral Bouquet
Lindz McLeod

World Building
Lucy Whitehead

The Wayfarer
V.C. McCabe

The Little People or Reflections on Driving Past Murdock McInnis
J.S. MacLean

Aunt Arran
Lia Robles

Next of Kin
Kristin Garth

They Did Not Know
Kristin Garth 

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward John Ford
Daniel Ellis

Josef Mengele Song
John Wall Barger

The Collection
Myna Chang

Multiverse theory
Jasmina Kuenzli

Dark Passenger
Ryan Norman

Kicking Up A Stink
Aviva Treger

Racing a Fever Dream for Pinks
E. Samples

On a Bench by the Waters of Oblivion
E. Samples

Hands Clasped
Alice Godliman

gray as melancholy
Linda M. Crate

Sleeping Beauty
Christina Ciufo

Every Scar Has a Story
Laure Van Rensburg

The Light That Shone Here
Ciéra Cree

Six Seeds
Alicia Fitton

Mission Bell
Rory Tanner

Crow Barn
DC Diamondopolous

My Hips: Myrtle Beach Pavilion, Circa 1978
Carol Parris Krauss

Reflective Surfaces
Ryan Purcell

A Peculiar Count in Time
The First Installment
M.K. Beutymhill

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Issue No. 8 Cover Artist: Aurora
Title of Artwork: Aurora Dances

Her artist name is Aurora after the Goddess of Light, the Bringer of Dawn after the dark night of the soul. She’s an Amsterdam-based artist, all her works are oil paintings on canvas as she paints images in the tradition of magical realism with loads of symbolism and using the traditional oil painting techniques of the old Dutch masters. From 1995-1999 she followed a four-year drawing and painting education at the Drawing Academy Three of a Kind in Amsterdam. Thereafter, she had various exhibitions where she received emotional reactions to her art. People identified themselves in her paintings and somehow felt supported; her work is universal. Not only do her paintings convey her life-story in pictures, color and emotion, they tell the story of humanity at large. A few years later she craved a deepening of her technique and in 2006 she took a two-year schooling of Traditional Painting at the Free Academy of the Arts in Amsterdam. Here she was educated in Dutch Golden Age painting, painting like the old Dutch Masters of the 17th century, learning techniques like underpainting/dead-coloring, Chiaroscuro, and glazing to bring out the vibrancy of color and the delicate interplay of light and darkness.

In Symbolism art represents absolute truths that can only be described indirectly. Its sole purpose is to express the Ideal in a perceptible form by endowing images with symbolic meaning. The symbolist uses mystical, mythological, visionary, otherworldly and dream imagery which are intensely personal to represent particular states of mind, heart and soul. The imagery originates from her deep, intense feelings that want to be portrayed. Everything in her work is symbolic, the use of color, nature, the posture of the figures, facial expressions and apparel as you can thus display great truths in a gentle, yet direct way. She blends her style with Magical Realism, a direction in art which connects this reality to a higher reality by painting a realistic view of the mundane world while adding magical elements like fables, myths, legends, parables, or the supernatural, so visionary images and dreamlike effects occur. And she ads both Fantastic Art which explores fantasy, imagination, visions, mysticism, myths, folklore, the dream state, and the supernatural, and portrays these themes representational and naturalistic rather than abstract. And Religious Art which depicts supernatural, religious or miraculous subjects in a naturalistic way intended to uplift the mind to the spiritual. 

Furthermore, she’s writing a spiritual memoir and presiding over Stichting De Mussen Toevlucht, a charity that preserves an endangered bird-species in the Netherlands.  

You can find her at; www.aurora.exto.nlwww.stichtingdemussentoevlucht.nlhttps://aurorasekhmet.jouwweb.nl/  

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