Alexandra has spent her childhood and adolescents in the southwest, born and raised in Flagstaff Arizona. Aside from traveling to heritage rich places she remains in Arizona today. “I come from a long line of artistic influence, my Yiayia (Greek for Grandmother) is an incredible seamstress and has done her fair share of embroidery. My great aunt was an oil painter and my father is a woodsmith. My mother is a astrological mapper for NASA, one of my sister is a cinematographer and the other can crochet anything from clothing to custom rugs. I could truly go on but it isn’t hard to spot the kind of support and influence I have had in life.” Painting was introduced to Alexandra three years ago by a close friend and artist, since then she has sold various originals and strives to land shows to display her work. Upcoming shows include first Friday May 4th at the soap shop in downtown Flagstaff and first Friday August 3rd at Rooftop Solar in Flagstaff Arizona. “My tendencies in art lend themselves to a strong emotional awareness and tribute to my influences. Growing up in the Greek culture has allowed to me recognize the simplistic beauty of human anatomy and the importance of color and feminine boldness. My mediums are oil paint on wood or natural canvas and embroidery on linen. I hope you enjoy.”
I aim to make art that reflects my humor, monotonous approach to life, and idea of beauty. Pretentiousness, a characteristic often wrongly attributed to artists, is something I want to contradict in my work. I aim to make art that is fun to look at because I had fun making it.
I have been drawing since I was 7, I started doing it as means to get away from an abusive father at the time. I kept it up until I was 19 and I friend suggested I draw on a canvas and then paint my drawing. From there my paintings started to develop. Fast forward, now at the age of 29; I have been involving myself a lot more in the art community. I am an artist for the non profit XICO art organization. I have also been featured in the St. Vincent De Paul magazine for Arizona for donating a mural for their Dream Center. I have been exhibited at Charles Schwab twice (my day job) and my donated mural was also part of their Schwab foundation. Today I am trying to get myself out there more and am looking to get into mural painting to become part of downtown Phoenix and better known throughout The Valley. I have been in a few art shows and am trying to make my way into galleries wherever I can. My paintings have developed since I first started with some having deep symbolism concerning human rights and also culture. I am very proud of how far I have come since I am self taught and have never been to art school. I plan to work hard and make my mark in the art world. So for now I’m along for the art ride!
I’m a Tucson based comic artist, I love doing sketch cover and the weirder the request the better, mostly mashup. I do have my own comic book – Pinolo a twisted take on a classic. I’m also working on a new self-publish comic book that will hopefully be out by June. You can get a hold of me on facebook or Instagram- timchampion1 . I’ve always loved comics and I’m glad that people dig my take on them and am always happy when someone gets their commission and I see the look on their face, it’s what makes it all worth the time.
My works deal with intersections in identity. I pull from aspects of my life to create stories. The story always comes first. The challenge of creating the still art piece then becomes what part of the story to show. I like to freeze and capture moments of juxtaposition or dissonance. This can be done in several mediums but most of my recent work has been in ink, acrylic, or rendered digitally.
My current ongoing project is a webcomic, Indigo: Sisters. The comic is rendered in a painterly style and follows two witches as they try to handle a problem with a ghost. It covers intersectionality issues involving race, pagan spirituality, gender, size, and psychological health. Approaching this project as a long form comic allows me the freedom to explore many topics while simultaneously honing my skills. As I learn new skill sets ideas for new projects come to mind and I pull from my current situation to make new work. There is always art to be created.
J.W. Fike’s Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent Within my system, the plant is excavated, arranged in the studio, photographed, then illustrated digitally in such a way as to render the edible parts in color while the remaining parts, less emphatically, read as contact prints. The plants in the resulting images float in an infinitely black expanse, referencing both photograms of botanical specimens used as scientific illustrations and visions from the collective unconscious. I strive to create images that function as conduits in a uniquely charged space connecting art, science, and spirituality.
While this type of art may appear atavistic and indeed references historical approaches to understanding and utilizing nature, its redeployment, in this contemporary era, is vitally relevant to environmental issues. These edible plants grow all around us, in yards, alleys, ditches, and empty lots. Each testifies to our symbiotic evolution with all of life, and functions as both poetic metaphor and concrete proof of our intimate tether to the natural world. It is my hope that this art foments contemplative wonderment by offering viewers both information and insights that if realized kindle a reconnection to the natural world and a mystical counterbalance to scientific objectivism.
I prefer mounting exhibitions that feature plants found within that same community. My place-based approach to photography signals an interesting shift in configuring the medium’s relation to subject, audience, and site. My work actively engages the community by utilizing relevant contextual information, interdisciplinary research, and an elegant if slightly spellbinding aesthetic. These elements all work together to offer knowledge and conjure a glimpse of deeper ecological truths. My layered approach to creation offers multiple entry points and a diverse range of engagement. Currently, I’ve photographed over one hundred forty plants in fifteen different states and plan to continue the survey until I’ve created a collection that spans the continental United States.
I hope the resulting catalog will serve as an archive for an uncertain ecological future, reliable guide for foraging, and contain meditative symbols in communion with philosophical, spiritual and ecological truths.
The Yocumonsters are an inventory of Jeremy Yocum’s childhood memories. They are his doodles brought to life. The Yocumonsters are fun, snarky, and occasionally rude. They are known for their bug eyes, bright colors and silly smirks. Some of them even have some pretty foul mouths, so it is advised that their potential owner (ownee) chooses wisely. Each Yocumonster has its own unique story. Their name and gender are not considered in the making of them. Their personality must shine through before they are named.
The Yocumonsters grew from plush toys to full blown faux taxidermy mounts. They are inspired from 1980s Saturday morning cartoons, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Chuck Jones, and Dr. Seuss. The Yocumonsters are planning a worldwide invasion. They are beginning in the southwestern United States (Phoenix to be exact) and plan to spread through the US, Mexico and Canada before they make their way across the oceans to Europe and Asia. Keep an eye out, they can be quite sneaky. Consider yourself warned!
Sincerely (and I’m sorry),
Creator of the Yocumonsters
Jeremy Yocum/Yocumonsters Artist Statement
Jeremy Yocum is an artist, teacher, husband, and father (in chronological order). Jeremy currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he teaches high school and adult art classes. Jeremy has taught for 19 years and has been a working artist for 15 years. He has dabbled in many art forms, ranging from jewelry making to screen printing to painting. Currently, Jeremy is busy creating Yocumonsters.
The Yocumonsters came out of Jeremy’s obsession with doodling. He is known for doodling funny, little cartoon characters. The Yocumonsters were born from that obsession. They are cute and creepy, faux taxidermy. The Yocumonsters are influenced by Jeremy’s respect for and fascination of the playful artwork created by Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones, and Tim Burton, as well as seen on the once popular Saturday morning kids’ television program, Pee Wee’s Playhouse. The Yocumonsters range in size, shape, color and personality. Some are more cute than creepy, while others are more creepy than cute, but they all have big personalities. There are horned monsters, feathered monsters, and monsters simply with bad teeth.
Jeremy has always enjoyed making work that invites the viewers to smile, chuckle, or laugh. He has always had a bit of cuteness, sarcasm, or tongue and cheekiness in his work. The Yocumonsters are continuation of this. Jeremy encourages the viewer to engage with the Yocumonsters, the viewer will never know when a monster might speak to them. Love the Yocumonsters or hate them, they will leave an impression regardless.