fine art. painting. kevin sloan.


the naturalist’s note­book”, new paint­ings by kevin sloan

In his self-​described “alle­gor­i­cal real­ism” style, Sloan por­trays a vari­ety of flora and fauna in the­atri­cal tableaus. Occa­sion­ally ref­er­enc­ing artists Mar­tin John­son Heade and Audubon, ani­mals are seen inter­act­ing uneasily with items of con­tem­po­rary life like clocks, power cords, books and antique china. These inter­ac­tions cre­ate a quiet ten­sion and some­times humor as we wit­ness these odd dra­mas before us. In a recent inter­view in Amer­i­can Art Col­lec­tor mag­a­zine Sloan says of the ani­mals fea­tured in this body of work:

They fum­ble with mea­sur­ing devices and col­lect time­pieces… they stare bewil­dered at piles of clocks and books. In these small dra­mas, they actively par­tic­i­pate in the world of mod­ern things but with a child-​like irrev­er­ence. These objects, often so valu­able and revered by us are just more things to stum­ble over and attempt to make sense of in the ani­mal world.”

illustration. books. nascimbene.

illus­tra­tions of italo calvino clas­sics from maria popova at brain pick­ings

A grad­u­ate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Nascim­bene illus­trated more than 50 books, 300 book cov­ers, and count­less edi­to­r­ial pieces for pub­li­ca­tions like The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, The Wall Street Jour­nal, The Chicago Tri­bune, The Boston Globe, Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can, and The Atlantic.

equality. violence against women. forced marriage.


new law in kyr­gyzs­tan tough­ens penal­ties for bride kidnapping

The prac­tice of bride kid­nap­ping is wide­spread in Kyr­gyzs­tan and is still con­sid­ered by some as a valu­able tradition.

Accord­ing to these ‘tra­di­tions’, when a Kyr­gyz man wants to get mar­ried, he picks a bride and starts to arrange her kid­nap­ping. This is a grave vio­la­tion of human rights. Women often expe­ri­ence phys­i­cal vio­lence and rape.

They feel humil­i­ated and see them­selves as prop­erty,” explains 37-​year-​old Kamilla, a vol­un­teer with the Women Sup­port Cen­ter, a grantee of the Fund for Gen­der Equality.

My sis­ter expe­ri­enced all of those ter­ri­ble things and once she decided to finally divorce him, she was killed by her husband.”

Her hus­band was sub­se­quently con­victed for mur­der and is serv­ing a jail sen­tence. But address­ing the prac­tice of bride-​kidnapping remains a challenge.

Accord­ing to data by the NGO Women Sup­port Cen­tre, which works to elim­i­nate vio­lence against women, there are at least 11,800 cases of forced abduc­tion of women and girls every year in Kyr­gyzs­tan, with more than 2,000 of those girls reported being raped as well.

cover art. heroines. stances.

Stepsister - Jim

jim c. hines strik­ing a pose

My sense is that most of these cov­ers are sup­posed to con­vey strong, sexy hero­ines, but these are not poses that sug­gest strength. You can’t fight from these stances. I could barely even walk.

Guys, you should try it some­time. Get some­one who won’t laugh at you too much to try to help you match these poses. The phys­i­cal chal­lenge is far more enlight­en­ing than any­thing I could say. (Wardrobe changes are optional.)

good words. autokoenony. ubuntu.

autokoenony: a sense of being one indi­vid­ual among many, a dis­tinct indi­vid­ual in inter­ac­tion with a group

the word “autokoenony” (from the Greek “auto” mean­ing self and koinonia” mean­ing com­mu­nity) to invoke the idea of “a self who is both sep­a­rate and con­nected”. It’s much like the idea of ubuntu – “I am because we are, and we are because I am.”

ubuntu: — n (South African) human­ity or fel­low feel­ing; kindness