The inspiring artists and writers that were selected for the 2018 Black ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal issue and online exhibition.

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Pelin Guven

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Using the power of black and white photography, Pelin Guven heightens the impact of her images in Labour of Love. She transforms the act of industry into a balletic study of human interaction.

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

ArtAscent Writer of the Black call for artists

S. B. Borgersen

The Blackout

She has a fine thread of silken white hair tickling her pale forehead. She puffs through pursed dry lips; the hair lifts but falls back. I lean across and smooth away the annoyance. Ma smiles then, and mouths, “Thank you.” The scar on the paper-thin skin of her forehead looks more angry now than it did when I first asked her, years ago…

A great novelist, André Malraux, noted, “Man isn’t what he thinks he is, he’s what he hides.” The thing one avoids discussing sometimes say more than their actions. And in her words, S. B. Borgersen discusses how shadows of the past affect our individualities.

S. B. Borgersen is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Black call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
www.sueborgersen.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Ekaterina Korzh

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Ekaterina Korzh celebrates nature and its depth in her Discovery pieces by relying on the stark contrasts of black and white. She channels the magnificent mass of the universe into her boutique jewelry designs.

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Emily Babette

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Among all the colours, black is the most reserved one, emanating the sense of aristocracy. Not surprisingly, it was a favorite colour—along with violet—of the fin de siècle (end of the 19th century). Emily Babette captures that enthralling decadent atmosphere in her works.

Emily Babette is the Bronze Artist of the ArtAscent Black call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
www.emilybabette.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Olga Zamora

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Writer of the Black call for artists

Joyce Fox

Despair, Joy and a Tiny Twinge of Guilt

The word black cannot be separated in my mind from “little” and “dress.” These three words strung together like amber beads that hold the past forever, fetch with them two distinctly opposite but totally inseparable feelings. The first is despair swiftly followed by joy and, if I’m not extremely careful, a tiny twinge of guilt creeps in. I blame Mother…

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Black call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
www.crossroads.wild.net.au/esoterotica.htm

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Stephen Giannetti

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Writer of the Black call for artists

Bieke Stengos

Little Hands

Dark brown/light brown/white
light brown/dark,
a soupçon of noir
–can get no darker–
neatly lined up in a box…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Black call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
https://bieke.stengos.cammaert.eu

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Shira Gold

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Donna Barati

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Javier Guri

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Sihuang Man

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Writer of the Black call for artists

Theresa Gage

Unwelcomed Guest

”Everyone lives on the adrenaline of fear. I just give them what they expect,” her raspy voice whispered in my ear. Her black, gothic clothes matched the darkness of my eyes. She wore her hair short on one side which exposed a black swastika tattoo on her cheek. Her tall, leather boots clicked across the tiled floor as she stalked to my side…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Black call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
www.clawingmywayin.wordpress.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Takashi Hara

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Paul Guzman

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Writer of the Black call for artists

Kesja Dabrowska

We Matter as Well

It’s time to stop, failing the innocents,
Lying and faking to all of the citizens,
We’re running, escaping, dodging, evading,
the topic on hand, our people are breaking…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent Black call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
https://kesjacorvussen22.wixsite.com/welcome

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Christine Columbo

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

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

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Gaya Karapetyan

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Black call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
http://GayaArtStudio.com

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Heesu Kim

ArtAscent Artist of the Black call for artists

Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent Black call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal Black issue.
www.Heesu-kim.com