Mon, 22 May 2017
Dorian Wood is a musician, vocalist, and experimental performer. Much of Wood’s music and performance is an intensely visceral celebration and embrace of the body, often his own, which he fearlessly exposes while rendering gorgeous and virtuosic melodies. The effect is a powerful and intimate expression of his singular beauty that simultaneously reveals the more universal beauty of each of us as individuals.
Pinkmountain and Wood discuss the impact of the election on a personal level and Wood’s reluctance to directly address political matters through his creative work. Wood points out bluntly that as a self-identified “overweight, queer person of color,” being singled out and antagonized by those in power is not exactly a new experience.
Photograph © Pablo Almansa.
Wed, 19 April 2017
Beth Pickens is an LA-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. Pickens’s background is in Counseling Psychology and she applies those skills to her work, specializing in supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of color.
After the election Pickens wrote the how-to guide—Making Art During Fascism—and started running a free weekly drop-in workshop at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in LA. The workshop recently finished up, but Pickens is expanding the pamphlet into a book, which will be published by The Feminist Press as part of the Feminist Survival Series that author Michelle Tea is editing.
Photograph © Tammy Rae Carland.
Direct download: MW_S2E1_-_Beth_Pickens_-_Making_Art_During_Fascism.mp3
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Wed, 4 January 2017
Melody Parker composes intricate chamber songs, and Archipelago is her imaginative debut record. It invites the listener to inhabit an otherworldly place and time, yet it evokes the familiar as much as the fantastical. She has created these songs with mourning and celebration for this watery home we know—and for the paradoxical richness of our experience within it.
Photograph of Melody Parker © Andria Lo.