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

ArtAscent Artist of the Lost call for artists

Audrey Piguet

ArtAscent Artist of the Lost call for artists

Gabriel Landscape

In 1948, Edward Tolman introduced the concept of Cognitive Map which refers to a semantic network used by individuals to acquire, code, and decode information and phenomena in their everyday spatial environment. But what if the universe which surrounds you looks like a dreamlike vision? Audrey Piguet challenges her public by presenting the viewers with fantastic universes where reality and imagination overlap.

Audrey Piguet is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Lost call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Lost issue.
www.audreypiguet.com

Manny Viega

Good Gods Speak Softly

The boy had run until his legs could carry him no farther. They had seized up some while ago. At first naked fear had blinded his pain, but now that he had put some distance between himself and the battlefield, its sedative effect had worn off, and he began to feel the sting of his retreat…

Manny Viega’s prose enlivens the senses, and this energy is tangible in his story, “Good Gods Speak Softly.” In it, he conjures imagery of a lost soldier and an encounter with a mysterious person that proves more frightening than the battlefront itself.

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Abstract call for artists

Lauryn Hare

ArtAscent Artist of the Abstract call for artists

Lauryn Hare’s photographs give credence to the classical adage, A picture is worth one thousand words. Exploring the power of both photography and portraiture, Lauryn juxtaposes the clarity of her images with the complex questions they leave unanswered.

Lauryn Hare 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.LaurynHare.com

Phillip T. Stephens

consider for the moment metaphor

a metaphor is a substitution but the phrase “a
metaphor is a substitution” is in and of itself a metaphor
which seems to some significant and others irritating
like standing before a print of escher starting into a
crystal ball reflecting escher staring into a crystal ball and…

Phillip Stephens confronts his readers with difficult questions that challenge cultural constructs through artful turns-of-phrase. Such is the case with his poem, consider for the moment metaphor, a striking word play on the most timeless of literary devices.

Phillip T. Stephens 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.
www.ptstephens.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Orange call for artists

Kathryn Reichert

ArtAscent Artist of the Orange call for artists

An innovative voice of contemporary photography, Kathryn Reichert brings the spirit of a painter to her images. She painstakingly contemplates the sensations she wants her photographs to elicit.

Kathryn Reichert is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent Orange call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Orange issue.
www.kathrynreichert.com

Denise Chilcott

Svadhisthana

Sacral and sacred. Warm, illuminating, energizing.
Aglow with the passion of fire, I give you freedom, freedom to feel.
Trust me. Pleasure, not forbidden, essential. Embrace me.
The sweetness of Intimacy. Sensual connection. Surrender…

According to Hindu Tantrism, the Svadhisthana, or sacred chakra, is related to emotions and energy and connects us to others. It is shown as a lotus with six petals and is connected to the colour orange. Writer Denise Chilcott explores the meaning of this bright color in her inspiring piece.

Denise Chilcott is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Orange call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Orange issue.
www.d-scribecreativewriting.com

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

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

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.

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