Just You

Beauty Queen Totem, 2009
Bianco Carrara marble
132 x 40 x 36 inches

I’m currently sitting at my “Cheers” bar. The place where everyone knows my name. I come here several times a week. I try to cut myself off at no more than four times a week. Once, I overheard another patron say, “we are all sitting here killing ourselves.” That has always stuck with me: actively participating in our own demise in the company of others. Yet we, the regulars, all […]

Featured Artist: Rachel Lee Hovnanian

Artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian

Rachel Lee Hovnanian is a New York based artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores the complexities of modern feminism, ideals of perfection, and the often-detrimental effects of media on our psyches. Hovnanian’s art practice merges photography, video, sculpture, painting, and installations that draw upon her Southern upbringing as a woman growing up in Houston, Texas. Her work delves into embedded societal mores that reveal the dichotomy between our intrinsic value systems and our public selves. […]

The State of My Estate

Truong Tran, Broken Mended

My next door neighbor died nine months ago. His name was Tom. We lived across from each other for seven years.  He lived a very quiet, modest life, only owning a beat up car that rarely started, and a few antique furniture pieces. He kept cash hidden under his bed (he didn’t trust big banks), and lived alone in a rent-controlled apartment for thirty years. Over the years, a handful […]

Book Brief: “On Fire” by John O’Leary

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On Fire John O’Leary 2016, Gallery Books The Idea This book is a combination of autobiography and motivational tome. As a nine year-old, John O’Leary was burned over 100% of his body. He wasn’t expected to make it through the night, but yet here he is today as an adult, sharing seven life views on how to live a “radically inspired life”. As the book sleeve states, “Once expected to […]

Unraveling Depression: How I Fight My Invisible Foe

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Fiona Aboud

Since I was 17 years old, I’ve been prone to bouts of debilitating depression, particularly in March. By my mid-twenties, mid-August joined the annual mix. In my thirties, the holiday season became a danger zone. Over the past few years, late February started feeling left out and joined the gang. But even if you see the tsunami approaching, you can’t always outrun it. Depression is a chronic mental illness. Like a […]

The Cult of Oppressive Positivity

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Trends come and go. Some leave indelible marks upon a culture, and others just fade away. When a trend is couched in terms like “positive psychology” one might expect that any influence it exerts on a culture will be, well…positive. But is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? The contemporary positive psychology movement was founded in the ’80s by Martin Seligman, so you would think he […]

Confessions of a Life Coach: Does Goal-Setting Really Matter?

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  Confession #1: I don’t like setting goals. They scare me. Setting a goal raises the possibility that I won’t reach it. If I never commit to anything, I can’t fail, right? Oy. If only that were true. I spent a few years living without making any goals. The problem was that I wasn’t really living. When I don’t commit to a challenge, I don’t grow, and if I don’t […]

Why I Hate Vision Boards

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Create a vision board?! No, thank you! Truth is, I dislike making vision boards and making new years resolutions. I always have. From an early age, I vividly remember sitting at the round communal art table with my peers who were excitedly drawing out their deepest wishes for the new year, expecting that I’d be excited too. I wasn’t. I usually loved expressing myself. I enjoyed reading in front of […]

Not Caring What Others Think

Joel Daniel Phillips. TrashBags

We learn by watching others, seeing what works and doesn’t work. As human beings we have mirror genes that allow us to empathize with the sufferings of others. Our feelings of safety and security depend on feeling accepted and protected by the tribe; being ostracized cuts deeply, often leaving us feeling alone, insecure, self-doubting. It can be disconcerting when we are criticized, in relationships, work, families, friends, art. —sharp, chiding, […]

The Body of Truth in Writing

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I peed my pants (no, really… literally… and not just a tiny trickle) the first time I ran a half marathon. The warm liquid gushed out suddenly during my final mile because I wanted so badly to finish it in under two hours that I had pushed my body into a desperate condition. I’ve shed frustrated tears trying like hell to do a stupidly simple move in dance class when my […]