issue 2 // prose
visual art by Emi Knight, Cynthia Yachtman, Gabi Abrahamson, Jeanette Lamb, and Cathi Beckstrand
"We watched through the window as our mother and uncle retrieved two shovels from the trunk, and attacked the hill like a couple of grave robbers, sand flying, glancing over their shoulders for approaching traffic."
"No rain for months and the irrigation ditch full, who can explain it?"
"I shifted in my seat, leaned forward as if ready to lunge. I was startled by his voice echoing against the walls; crashing into our bodies."
"Sierra thinks about Sunday Ruth, the dumpster diver who lives in the Bible and gleans left-overs. Ruth must be pretty. That's why the boss owner says Okay to hanging around, picking over the trash, taking stuff no one else wants."
"When he tilts his head to the side, I forget he's my brother."
"There's a man lying beside my body in the yard.
He has taken my heart, wrapped in his decrepit liver.
I lean into him. He smells ripe."
"The year after we graduated Junie went to Paris and I became a boy."
"We had only been caught once. The man kicked his door open and wielded a big shotgun, pointing it right at us."
"This issue of Batman was much more interesting than those exaggerated orgasms, I mused, my body curled like a comma, dangled over the seat in front of me."
"in the yard across the street: late August blooms."
"It was that time of evening when the sun turned cold and most of its heat had dipped below the horizon."
"Home was a sub-rosa candy shop. Goodies laced with toxic lead."
"When the unwanted children turned into solar panels, they gathered along the two-way billboard-free highways in clusters between dairy farms."
"The bubbles made my eyes sting; I would say I was turning blind."
"The end of the world comes in a small brown box marked US POSTAL FIRST CLASS. WARNING: CONTENTS MAY CONTAIN THE END OF THE WORLD."
VISUAL ARTIST BIOS:
"These paintings are representational of the process of getting well, and the exploration of mental/emotional health and dysfunction through memories and present events. Some of the works depict places we find comfort in moments of vulnerability, while others illustrate the uncomfortable, indefinite, and often terrifying experience of growth and change. They represent the courage, cowardice, and uncertainty we stumble across when we are blatantly and unforgivingly faced with ourselves - our strengths, and our weaknesses.
Each work begins differently, either in a place of abstraction or with a specific point of interest, and slowly, clumsily builds itself up. Some pieces find themselves in a state of near completion in a matter of hours or days, while others grow and reconstruct for months before they begin to fit together. The paintings are pieced together in layers. Patterns, broad areas of color and texture coupled with minute, illustrative details are integrated in the early stages of the paintings, and eventually recognizable forms, figures, and landscapes take shape. I strive for the process of creating each painting to be reflective of the process of internal growth and discovery – open, patient, and unpredictable."
Emi Knight is a painter, illustrator, designer, maker from southern Indiana. She currently works in Denver, Colorado.
"My images contain many diverse layers of meaning from the universal to the specific and personal. I am frequently interested in pattern and/or creating a rich sensual surface by making layer upon layer of marks. There often is an unseen history within these layers as images are obscured and revealed. My work frequently gives reference to my experience with nature. At times it speaks to issues of social justice, revelation and connection and how we are all one.
A former ceramicist, I received my B.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington. My works are housed in numerous public and private collections and have been shown nationally in California, Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon and Wyoming. I have exhibited extensively in the northwest, including shows at Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Shoreline Community College, the Tacoma Convention Center, and the Seattle Pacific Science Center."
Cynthia Yatchman is a Seattle based painter. She works primarily with acrylic paint, ink, papers, charcoal and canvas. Her work is often segmented into pieces, diptychs, triptychs and quartets.
"I am interested in referencing mythical childhood stories and twisting them by adding a more ambiguous, ghostly feeling. Although narratives can be drawn from my photos, there is still a sense of mystery and anxiety, leaving unanswered questions for the viewer. My photography explores the female form within nature and how this environment can be used as a stage for performative actions. I experiment with different ways of abstracting the female body through reflections, natural and artificial lighting. I don't want to give away too much information about my subjects, so I keep their identities hidden, giving more room for viewers to create their own interpretations."
Gabi Abrahamson is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute having majored in Painting and a minored in Photography.
"This piece was created while I was living in Leipzig, Germany where Goethe penned part of Faust. Being immersed in my new environment where I knew no one and nothing was familiar, except names of writers and composers from centuries past, my painting took to a new direction. Using mixed media collage, I embedded parts of Faust -- pages from 1st editions printed in Leipzig -- into my works, enhancing their edges with various hues of red."
Jeanette Lamb is an artist. Her works have been exhibited Germany, France and North America.