From Aesthetics

The Black Body Politic: A Discussion About Get Out

Jordan Peele’s Get Out crossed the $100 million mark at the box office last weekend, making it the first feature debut with a black writer/director to do so. Peele’s social thriller follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black man visiting his white girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) family for the first time at their secluded mansion…

A Cathartic Process: Reflections on Sampha’s Debut Album

The piano on which Sampha plays “Plastic 100°C” on the roof of his label, Young Turks, in North-East London is a perfect synecdoche for his new record, Process. The video is a gorgeous live performance, without the ethereal twangs of the taut strings that begin the album version, or the throbbing synths that sway between…

Miss Black and Beautiful: A Review

Shoreditch is synonymous with gentrification in London — a cheap area in a rough neighbourhood, usually occupied by immigrants, slowly becomes a hub for artists and students who can no longer afford the rent in the city centre. The grime and rust of the area adds to their legitimacy as ‘struggling’ artists, but the voices,…

My Art is Enough

I had an important realization on the bus a couple of months ago. I have an unwavering, incessant, and persistent desire to create. I made this. This came from me. I hear music, watch films, look at paintings—all things that are bred by the spirit of human beings—and I want to birth things, too. My…

An Interview with Illustrator Ness Lee

Ness Lee is a noodle lovin’ pot stickin’ son-of-a-bun Illustrator from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been featured in Bust Magazine, Maisonneuve Magazine, Lucky Peach Magazine, and Bitch Magazine, as well as several exhibitions. Sara Kloepfer: How did you come to see yourself as an artist? When did you start making art? Ness Lee: I think…

A Sit Down with Poet Kiki Nicole

Kiki Nicole currently writes in the various cafes of Portland, Oregon. They are the Director of Operations for independent publishing house, Where Are You Press. Their work has been featured in Bitchtopia Magazine, Voicemail Poems, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and several anthologies. Where Are You Press has just released their debut chapbook, sullen girl:…