The artists and writers selected as ArtAscent Gold from ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal issues.

ArtAscent Artist of the Bliss call for artists

Jie Xu

ArtAscent Artist of the Bliss call for artists

A Chinese proverb says “Remain essentially the same despite all apparent changes. Change ten thousand times without departing from the original aim or stand or principal.” Jie Xu aims at giving visible form to this concept by creating artwork that are changeable in form but unchangeable in meaning.

Jie Xu is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Bliss call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Bliss issue.
www.jiexudesign.com/

Malina Douglas

The Place Beyond Grey

Shining surfaces glitter,
bright colours confuse.
Like a parakeet’s plumage
her bright skirt is swishing…

Akin to a painter, Malina Douglas uses her words as if they are strokes of paint, artfully blending them into compelling compositions that both accept and challenge tradition. Her poem, The Place Beyond Grey, resonates with this artful quality as she creates images filled with magic and mystery.

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Portraits call for artists

Larry Madrigal

ArtAscent Artist of the Portraits call for artists

According to Charles Dickens, “There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.” A third style now exists…created by Larry Madrigale.

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

www.larrymadrigal.com

Nick Compton

Portrait of My Brother in Zheng Guanying’s Family House

Chestnut waves,
a face of English skin
and 12 o’clock shadow…

A rising voice in contemporary poetry, Nick Compton’s bold yet unassuming writing style offers a refreshing entrée into the genre. His poem, Portrait of My Brother in Zheng Guanying’s Family House, reflects this refreshing voice in a handful of powerful stanzas.

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

www.nickcompton8.wordpress.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Spooky call for artists

Lauren Jenkins

ArtAscent Artist of the Spooky call for artists

Since the beginning of its history, myths, legends, and false fears evolved about photography. For example, some religious people believe that a camera could steal a person’s soul. There is certainly something eerie about this possibility, and to immortalize moments like this, young artists like Lauren Jenkins will talk about the shadow side of who we are—our identities, and how they work.

Lauren Jenkins is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Spooky call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Spooky issue.
www.laurenjenkinsphotography.com

Rachael Craigmyle

The Last Inn

Where on earth is the bus? Sitting underneath an ebony sky, there was nothing around Jake save the bench he was perched upon. He felt engulfed by the mist and soaked beyond bones. He wound his scarf higher, trying his best to create a barrier against the raindrops that dripped relentlessly down his neck. Screw it, I’ll walk…

The living classic of horror genre, Stephen King, claimed, “We make up horrors to helps us cope with the real ones.” We can do nothing but agree with his thought as we note the growing popularity of horror literature, which attracts increasingly talented contemporary writers like Rachael Craigmyle.

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Wild call for artists

Casey Orr

ArtAscent Artist of the Wild call for artists

Syncretism of prehistoric thinking was traced to various forms of totemism. Our ancestors, believing in their connection with a spiritual being (an animal or a plant), attempted to keep the universal balance that is lost in today’s world. Yet, contemporary artists like Casey Orr seek to reestablish this connection between human and nature. Casey Orr is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Wild call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Wild issue.

www.caseyorr.com

Anne Anthony

High Horse

I rode the same high horse you ride so loose and wild,
flung lordly edicts to the masses until rotted roots
tripped my horse and slipped my saddle: face-planted
In my tumble to Earth. No soul came to my rescue,
no gentle forest creature sniffed me out…

In most cultures, horses are associated with nobility, grace, and freedom because they embody the life-forces that are untamed and close to wildness. These life-forces, at times, take us in unpredictable directions. Writer Anne Anthony was inspired by horse symbolism, as is evident in this featured poem. Anne Anthony is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Wild call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Wild issue.

www.anneanthony.weebly.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Patterns call for artists

Robert Dash

ArtAscent Artist of the Patterns call for artists

Have you ever thought about why poetry is so popular? It’s all about the patterns — rhyme schemes, and alternation of syllables that create specific harmonious rhythm that hypnotizes us and can even overshadow the content itself. Patterns in photography have the same magic power and artists like Robert Dash know how to use it. Robert Dash is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Patterns call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Patterns issue.

www.robertdashphotography.com

Diyana Sastrawati Mohamad

A scene in a Rembau kampong

Above the mountain’s scaffold, the sun peeks.
Morning like other mornings, dew and sweat.
Shower by the well, to the song of prayers.
The frog leaps in and swims, the way he does.

Writing about poetry is challenging since its deepest parts can’t be grasped rationally. To find the key to the text, one has to involve all her senses, emotions, and life experiences. Such is the case with this poetic piece by Diyana Sastrawati Mohamad we’re pleased to present you. Diyana is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Patterns call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Patterns issue.

www.diyana.bandcamp.com

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Ashley VanGemeren

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Artists are often compared to Demiurge, since all of them, in certain sense, are the creators of parallel artistic realities. Key traits of the artistic realities are subjectivity and conventionality. Abstract painting of the 20th century brought those features to their extreme, shaping up a pure visual language, inherited by such contemporary young masters as Ashley VanGemeren.

Ashley VanGemeren is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent “Green” call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Green” issue.

www.ashleyvangemeren.com

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Salvatore Arnoldo

Another Green World

The Green King has retreated, into the swamps; resting on furniture of moss, lying in beds of lugworms which seep up out of the tender, black mud of the banks to heed him. His shattered royalty. He’s seated on a throne made from a broken tree in the middle of the swamp, a jagged sitting-stool blackened and splintered from a lightning strike long ago…

Osiris is an Egyptian god of the afterlife and of resurrection at the same time. He was traditionally shown with a green complexion, since green is connected with the idea of rebirth. This ancient symbolism celebrates the regenerative power of nature, becoming an inspiration for this writing by Salvatore Arnoldo.

Salvatore Arnoldo is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent “Green” call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Green” issue.

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Ryota Matsumoto

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Chaos usually carries negative connotations. However, it can also be a basis for creating new phenomena. For example, as it’s commonly known, heat is the manifestation of molecular motion – the chaotic colliding that transforms matter. Ryota Matsumo is one of the artists who seeks to turn chaos into new order in his works.

Ryota Matsumoto is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent “Heat” call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Heat” issue.

www.ryotamatsumotostudio.blogspot.com

Jeff Stone

Fire

Sun – light – fire – life… This is a symbolical chain around which the whole human culture has been organized for thousands of years. They had been worshipped since the times immemorial, influencing numerous beliefs and religions…

Entity is filled with contradictions: things that create can easily be turned into the tools of destruction; the warming heat can grow into the scorching flame. In his piece Fire, writer Jeff Stone reflects upon this amazing duality of life.

Jeff Stone is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent “Heat” call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Heat” issue.

www.jeffstonewords.wordpress.com

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Jia Wang

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One rather common stereotype in mass consciousness is the image of an artist as an eccentric individual driven by some type of affliction. Though it’s a huge exaggeration, there’s a deal of sense in this stereotype – since art can truly be an efficient way of resiliency…

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

Emily Raisin

Faces

The face before me was engaging, intriguing and completely imperfect. I’d seen it before in all its crooked glory. I’d seen it thousands of times.
 And so have you.
Its eyes like a refracting kaleidoscope had colours that were ever changing. In some lights they burned intensely…

In literature, the idea of portrait became a rather vague concept denoting a whole range of things: from full-length biographies to vivid, brief descriptions of one’s appearance that delineate his or her character. A young British writer Emily Raisin refers to the latter’s variant, trying to compete with painting in creating bright mental imagery.

Emily Raisin is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent “Portraits” call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Portraits” issue.

ArtAscent Artist of the Haunting call for artists

Aleksi Moriarty

ArtAscent Artist of the Haunting call for artists

Fear of ghosts seems to be deeply rooted in our minds on the genetic level. According to statistics, 20 to 30 percent of populations in various countries believe in spectres. Our consciousness always attempts to objectify fear in various forms. This is how the carnival culture emerged – the result of those struggling to fill the vacuum they felt inside when facing the incomprehensible with bustle and trumpery.

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

www.aleksimoriarty.com

P.M. Wrighter

Living Ghosts

Whispers follow him – the opinions, thoughts and
discernments of others. He cannot escape them,
just as he cannot escape his falsehood; rather,
his undeniably opaque existence – one in which…

Our brain has huge, unbelievable possibilities. Yet, they are still limited due to the specific “mental optic” we all have: the objective reality (if there is any) is dramatically affected by our point of view. As Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “There are no facts, only interpretations.”

P.M. Wrighter is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Haunting call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Haunting issue.

ArtAscent Artist of the Violet call for artists

Licca Kirk

ArtAscent Artist of the Violet call for artists

According to the laws of optics, Violet is a complimentary colour of yellow, which is a symbol of mind and intellect. From that point of view, Violet can be seen as a representation of the depth of unconsciousness – the place where myths, dreams and fairy tales are born. And the world of fantasies and fairy tales is exactly the place where Filipino-American artist Licca Kirk feels herself at home.

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

www.komorebisan.com

Mary Kandalian-Aslanian

A Violet Day

It rained on and off almost all day. Then the sun peeked behind the hills and put on a glorious show painting the evening sky shades of yellow, orange and purple with brazen strokes….

Violet colour prompts us to escape from ordinariness and daily routine, and creates a philosophical mood. It is no coincidence that its tints can be seen regularly in the interiors of different temples and devotional items of the past and modern epoch. For many artists it is a symbol of an insight moment and inspiration.

Mary Kandalian-Aslanian is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Violet call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Violet issue.