Paint, Space, and New Ideas: An Interview with Vincent Stracquadanio

Vincent Stracquadanio makes paintings and drawings dense with rich colors and pulsating shapes in shallow architectural spaces. They call to mind Roman mystery religions, succulent thickets, organs, Sicilian ceramics, and Baroque ornaments. We spoke in his studio in New Haven roughly two weeks before he graduated from the Yale School of Art MFA program in…

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Fariha Róisín on Inspiration, Solidarity, and Self-Care

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What Julia Child Taught Me About Failure

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Sound Byte: Dear Lover

Dear Lover, Denial. (Nothing Without You, The Weeknd) Today I write to you to share my secret despair…I have been struggling to put my pain into prose. Our recently failed attempt at love has hardened me. Well, let me be more accurate, it has ruined me. I feel tragically hopeless, not necessarily because you were…

Do The Work: Women In Cities International

Welcome to Do The Work Vol. II, where I will be interviewing individuals involved in organizing, educating, and supporting communities. For the first instalment, I talked to Kathryn Travers, the director of Women in Cities International (WICI). WICI focuses on making urban public spaces safer and more inclusive for women through participatory safety audits and…