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Introducing the artists and writers of the “Abstract” issue of ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal:

Kalom_Noelle—ArtAscent Gold Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Noelle Kalom

Kalom_Noelle—ArtAscent Gold Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Golden light, crimson red, turquoise and umber earth: the art of Noelle Kalom arises from colours. Embodying the bold and intense contrasts of her homeland, New Mexico, the artist creates an abstract topography that starts from a real landscape.

Noelle is a great observer. Thanks to its energy and dynamic nature, the American Southwestern landscape is her primary source of inspiration. The High Desert of Taos, where she was born and surrounded by a community of artists, is where she gets in touch with natural elements. In the middle of the desert, Noelle can create a visceral bond with them, trying to channel the same power onto the canvas. Her paintings are abstract at first glance, but they start from nature. Noelle captures the thin line that defines the horizon. She absorbs the vibrant hues of fire, circles, and shapes of natural landscapes, the mysterious atmosphere of collective rituals and ceremonies. Each of her works, characterized by evocative titles such as Inception, which refers to the origin of everything, or Secret Chamber, which brings to mind the magmatic chambers of volcanoes, the crevices where energy accumulates, seems wrapped in a mystical aura.

Noelle’s paintings are highly recognizable by her recursive colour palette, embellished by incorporating bright and shiny-looking mixed elements such as tiny glass beads. This blending is her stylistic signature. From a technical point of view, the artist combines acrylic with the precious finesse of other materials. The execution process consists of a gradual layering. After a layer of thick gel, Noelle spreads numerous layers of paint using the palette knife until she recreates an abstract landscape. Rivers, fields, and canyons lose their connotations to become dreamlike territory.

The painter’s practice is rooted in the style of Abstract Expressionism, particularly that of female artists, with whom she shares impulsiveness and experimental techniques. Like painters like Lee Krasner, Noelle also creates abstract paintings using knives, brushes, fingers, and hands. There are also affinities with contemporary abstract expressionist painters, such as Laurie Barmore, who uses multiple layers on a structure, or the painter Vivian Suter, who can capture the wilderness of the Guatemala landscape.

Noelle’s abstract topographies can combine the primitive force of colours with the elegant preciousness of glass beads, almost as if they were Klimt mosaics embedded in abstract paintings. These two voices coexist on that same canvas, revealing an independent language cultivated in her life full of inspiration. Raised in the New Mexico desert, Noelle Kalom lived and worked in New York City, the Pacific Northwest, and Portugal, exhibiting nationally and internationally. She is currently represented by Magpie Gallery in New Mexico and at Atelier Natalia Gromicho in Portugal. A visionary artist, each of Noelle Kalom’s paintings leads to an unknown territory, revealing a path that is perceivable only on an intuitive level and not through rationality

Noelle Kalom is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Abstract call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Abstract issue.

www.noellekalom.com

Gold Writer of the ArtAscent 2023 Abstract exhibition.

Susas Nickerson

The Dance

”How long do I have before my hair falls out?” I asked the team of nurses administering the heavy-duty chemo. I had already undergone six months of treatment to prepare for my bone marrow transplant, and this was the final, destructive blast. A week to ten days was the final consensus. Some people, they said, don’t lose it all…

It is tricky to mix emotional power and humour, light-hearted imagery and stomach-punching facts in literature. Susan Nickerson can do it, dealing with one of the most daunting human themes: illness and how to live with it day by day.

Susan’s pieces seem a sort of dance. The writer moves with a cadenced rhythm between pain and irony. She juggles both, like a professional dancer, leading them between the lines of the page. The metaphors overlap one upon the other, blending reality and imagination. The ultimate result is a curious literary mix that makes readers reflect on the pain and anxiousness of illness while impressing them with creative images.

According to Susan, writing is the most immediate medium for dealing with the discovery of a serious disease, the diagnosis of Myelodysplastic Syndrome. How can one narrate life with it without exaggerating in drama and, at the same time, without diminishing this overwhelming burden? Susan transfigures it through abstract images. She depicts the physiological consequences of her disease and bone marrow transplant through abstraction. In this piece, hair loss becomes a surreal, out-of-body scene: a dance of humanized hair follicles that come to life, tangoing on her head, instilling vitality. The urgency to write about the inescapable changes in her body makes her words so powerful.

The disease is invisible; Susan cannot see or touch it. However, she can give shape to her correlating emotions and the physical consequences she is experiencing, starting from the increasingly sensitive tip of her hair. Tingles and discomfort become a dance, constantly changing rhythm. This mad dance creates a physical state of chaos and confusion that is twin to her entangling thoughts and spreading concerns.

Susan’s literary style perfectly matches this kind of surrealist storytelling. It is a mixed salad of genres, tones, and vocabulary, following the topics she covers and changing as fast as the images she creates. It is a creative non-fiction piece that recalls contemporary American literature, like Wally Lamb’s novels. As in his case, Susan attempts to overcome the limitations of her struggling experience, asking herself how to cope and talk about it universally. Her hair loss thus becomes that of many others dealing with a body they no longer recognize, as it happened to her.

Born and raised in Massachusetts (US), Susan Nickerson lives in Florida with her husband and their dog, cultivating her literary practice. Susan’s writing resonates with the experience of all the people who are facing the same inevitable assault. Each word seems written for them.

Susan Nickerson is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Abstract call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Abstract issue.

Fee_Wendy—ArtAscent Silver Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Wendy Fee

Fee_Wendy—ArtAscent Silver Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

A blue flow of sensations clears the spectator’s mind into a pool of calmness. Wendy Fee combines pure colours into a refreshing understanding of the viewer’s ability to see beyond the frame, to find peace within oneself guided by the shared wonders we live in.

Wendy’s works Sea Lair, Coral Mosaic and Blue My Mind immediately transfer the viewer into a world of imagination. The merging of colours and forms allows the mind to wander and create a new reality.

Wendy uses acrylic paint as a base and layering material. Next, the artist implements rice paper to build the shapes depicted in the images. This technique makes it possible to create an almost lifelike experience of gazing into the sea and smelling the salty water breezes.

Wendy takes inspiration from two female artists: Joan Mitchell, a colourfully brave painter and Helen Frankenthaler, a lively artist with a sensitive understanding of colour use. Both flourished from the mid-20th to the early 21st century as abstract expressionists. This influence is visible in Wendy’s work with a contemporary and active touch—visible through the mentioned technique of creating texture on canvas and the interweaving way of working with colours.

In Wendy’s work, the audience has the pleasure of being guided into deep waves of the restorative power of nature—like taking a deep breath in the forest’s lungs or resting one’s eyes on the ocean’s surface. The way Wendy creates gives each painting an organic optic and an immediate connection to nature. Her images allow the imagination to easily climb the most graceful mountains, feeling a renewed energy. Each of the paintings is individually strong and at the same time, presents a uniting sense of finding power in the calm and unknown—representing the human mind and nature’s unpredictability.

Wendy’s portfolio clearly states the importance of fantasy and freedom of thought and expression. Her art transforms and translates a vision of abstractingeveryday life and sharing new inspirations. The immersive images of nature accompany Wendy’s paintings, which capture the attention with the calm power only witnessed on a stormy night by the sea.

Wendy Fee is originally from Montreal and obtained an Executive MBA from Athabasca University in Alberta. 2013, she became a member of The Montreal Art Centre and divides her time between studios in Montreal and The Bahamas. Wendy is a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists.

Wendy Fee is the Silver Artist of the ArtAscent Abstract call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Abstract issue.

www.studiowendyfee.com

Vasu Tolia—ArtAscent Bronze Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Vasu Tolia

Vasu Tolia—ArtAscent Bronze Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

More than a century ago, abstraction entered the realm of art. Since then, it has become ingrained in contemporary visuality. Vasu Tolia’s work offers a window into what inspires today’s artists to continue experimenting with abstract language.

The answer lies in the infinite variability of abstraction, which gives space to all sorts of cogitations and reflections. It also denies any objective criteria for evaluation, forcing individual, subjective reactions. This unpredictability of responses and openness of interpretations is what attracts Vasu to her artistic practice.

Vasu engages with various materials, from acrylic paints to charcoal and markers. This fluidity and variability are the core of her artistic style, which results in the diversity of rendering the works. Some of her pieces incline more towards geometric clearness, while the others embrace a more freehand approach. But in both cases, there is a tactile experience behind the working process, as Vasu builds the layers of the painting surface with gels and pastes and modifies them by scraping, scratching and dripping. The final result is always impromptu. Thus, each canvas is a diary of a process, bearing the marks of the performative gestures.

When talking about painting, we perceive it through its material qualities—composition, colours, rhythm, format. However, such an immaterial aspect as the title is also an important part of the entity of the piece. Different artists approach it in different ways. For instance, famous masters of abstraction, like Kandisnky or Rothko, preferred avoiding any particular associations: the titles of their compositions either referred to musical forms, directly described shades or simply numbered them.

Vasu invests her works with emotional and spiritual connotations—Burning Questions, Spaces of Our Minds. There is probably a therapeutic aspect to the naming process as she explores her own milieu through her pieces. Abstraction here becomes rather an allegory of ephemeral personal sensations, which can resonate with those of the viewer. An art historian, Meyer Shapiro wrote about this connection: “The most responsive spectator is then the individual who is similarly concerned with himself and who finds in such pictures not only the counterpart of his own tension, but a final discharge of obsessing feelings.”

Vasu Tolia is a Michigan-based painter and poet. She dedicated thirty-five successful years to a career in Academic Pediatric Gastroenterology. Following retirement from the medical profession, she embraced her other lifelong passions: art and literature. She has been actively exhibiting since 2015. Her painting has recently won the Camelback Gallery’s 6th annual Abstracts with Red 2023 Juried Art Competition. Vasu’s canvas The World United was featured among the top 20 selected by The Washington Post in a national call for the art created in the first months of the pandemic.

Her works are part of Baker College, Royal Oak, MI, as well as in Henry Ford Hospital, Macomb, MI collections and private ones.

Vasu Tolia is the Bronze Artist of the ArtAscent Abstract call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Abstract issue.

www.vasutolia.art

Cervantes_Marisol—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Marisol Cervantes

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Colleen_Fitzgerald—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Colleen Fitzgerald

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Cyan-Qin—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Cyan Qin

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Courtney-Riggs—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Courtney Ann Riggs

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Goldstein_Eric—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Eric Goldstein

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Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent 2023 Abstract exhibition.

Karla Linn Merrifield

Self-Dialog

Buying time is as old as Genesis
but we can’t, never could.

So what’s the use of bother
to capture a phrase of a poem titled…

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Iacob_Doina—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Doina Iacob

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JessicaHancock—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Jessica M. Hancock

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IoMo—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Gabiko IoMo

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Jua Nochio—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Jua Nochio

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Krone_Aaron—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Aaron Krone

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ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Su Ai

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Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent 2023 Abstract exhibition.

Karla Linn Merrifield

Badly

A fractalated angel told me
write a bad, bad
poem be awful, devilish

go wild and make it about bad
places aim for cliché
B as in Bad as the Bomb…

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Moutien_Aurelie—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Aurélie Moutien

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Mann_Tara—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Tara Mann

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Overton_Santford—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

Santford Overton

Overton_Santford—ArtAscent Distinguished Artist of the 2023 Abstract call for artists.

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