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

Gold artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Sydney Paige Richardson

Gold artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Philosopher and poet Henry David Thoreau wrote, “We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bone.” Artists like Sydney Paige Richardson seek to hear and render the stories told through the plasticity of bodies. “Story” is a crucial word for understanding Sydney’s visual practice. Combining her passion for photography with a profound interest in writing, she looks for ways to enrich the formal harmony of an image with additional meanings.

Sydney Paige Richardson is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.sydneypaigerichardson.com

Gold writer of the 2020 Sensuality collection

Leah Holbrook Sackett

Spooning

Lillian and Marvin were married for 35 fruitless years.
“It’s not like nowadays where women take drugs like cocktails and voila, twins or triplets or, heaven forbid, more,” Lillian bemoaned to Stan in June.
“In the ‘70s, you still did things the old fashion way; by time fertility clinics came on the scene. Marvin said we were too settled in our ways to add kids to the picture…

In her captivating vignette, “Spooning,” author Leah Holbrook Sackett lets her reader in on a life gone wrong and the main character lost on a journey to make sense of it all. The inspiration for this piece developed following Leah’s discovery in her own kitchen of a rogue spoon. The spoon was mismatched to any set, yet was a favourite among the utensils stashed in the drawer. This facet becomes a key hinge of the story she tells and raised intriguing questions in itself to the things that we cherish in life.

Leah Holbrook Sackett is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.leaholbrooksackett.com/

Silver artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Drew Haynes

Silver artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Due to the situation of social distancing, everyone is challenged with lack and fear of physical contact. How does sensuality channel itself in the post-pandemic realities? It’s difficult to predict, and that is why the topic Drew Haynes’ Distance Affair series occurs topically today.

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

www.drewhaynes.com

Bronze artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Gerald Alderman

Bronze artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Transporting his audience to Argentina with the intertwined elegance of the tango in his photographs, The Dance, The Kiss, and The Pull, Gerald Alderman showcases the sensual finesse of black and white frames. An avid fan of street photography, Gerald wanted to convey, in this series of images, the pure passion required for the performance of the tango.

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

www.geraldalderman.com

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Kerry Milligan

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.kmstudioart.com

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Nikki Raitz

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.nikkiraitz.com/photography/

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Yvette Young

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

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Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Helena Faitelson

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

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Distinguished writer of the 2020 Sensuality collection

Pete Armstrong

Pizza Parlour

I parked my car in the usual spot. How many years had it been since I was last here? It was when the children were small, of course, longer ago than seemed possible. The small pizza parlour was still there, and I walked towards it with a softly thumping heart. It was absurd to come this far out of town on my brief visit back. There was no point in trying to convince myself that it was for pizza or nostalgia. It was to see her again…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Etta J Martin

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

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Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

JoAnna “JoJo” Armstrong

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.joannaarmstrong.foliotwist.com

Distinguished writer of the 2020 Sensuality collection

Paula Bonnell

Speaking French

I come bearing parsley
grits and groats and pignuts
a small table
Otherwise I come empty-handed…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.paulabonnell.net

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Paul Eric Johnson

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.reimaginenewengland.com

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Margaret Wasiuta

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

https://www.margaretwasiuta.com

Distinguished writer of the 2020 Sensuality collection

Dianalee Velie

Elegy for Juan

Carefully crafted words dance
a tango of Latin intensity,
an intensity unrestrained
by two foreign languages…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.dianaleevelie.com

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Stephen Fitzgerald

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

www.hootgallery.com

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Rich DiSilvio

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

http://richdisilvio.com

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Barbara Kantz

Distinguished artist of the 2020 Sensuality call

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.

https://barbarakantz.wixsite.com/kantz

Distinguished writer of the 2020 Sensuality collection

Renee Lux

Hands 2021

Her breath caught as her lover took her hand. It always did when they touched in public spaces, in full view of people who now thought simultaneously too much and too little of human contact. But here in the dimming lights of the auditorium, where the voices of schoolchildren rose and fell in off-pitch arcs; where people aren’t lovers, but parents and coupled professionals, holding hands like this, warm skin on skin, seemed lewd, almost pornographic and thought pulled at the edges of her lips…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Sensuality call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Sensuality issue.