Doll Parts

Sydney Folsom takes beauty to the extremes in her gallery of Frankenstein paper dolls.  The fashion and beauty standards within pop culture praise things like swollen lips, suffocating clothing, and other severe trends all to achieve the perfect look. These severe body modifications have become a social media norm that leaves us asking: what’s next?  […]

The Art of the Commonplace Book

My grandmother keeps a box of newspaper clippings in her bedroom closet. My brother highlights his favorite book passages. My roommate collects a list of jokes on her Notes app. My desk is full of sticky notes covered in miscellaneous musings. I didn’t have a word for this practice until I was assigned an ongoing […]

A Veteran’s Guide to VCUarts

It’s no secret that art school is a scam. But with just a few simple pointers, you too can make the most out of your ever-increasing tuition and create art so amazing, the 600 other Art Foundation students in your year have no other choice but to lie down and cry.  In the spirit of […]

The Evolution of a Permanent Art Form Exploring the World of Tattoos with Lana Ho

Over the last 20 years, society has evolved dramatically. Creative self-expression is accepted and embraced in ways it was not before, especially through the art of tattooing. In this day and age, people say what they want, dress how they want, and get the tattoos that they want. An art form that once branded a person as dangerous or rebellious is now revered in many circles, and for good reason. 

Comedy and Controversy: With David Cross and Sean Patton

It seems as though, in this day and age, the comedy scene is fighting an internal battle, grappling with difficult-to-discuss social issues such as abortion, gun rights, religion, politics, and seemingly every new election. Comedians, however, are some of the only people who have turned a blind eye to the taboo ,instead laughing at the ridiculousness within.

The Sweetest Thing

In this project, I study what it means to be “sweet.” This is a word I’ve been described as many times in my life. What does it mean to be sweet? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Can you be too sweet? To study this, I arranged a display of “sweet” objects […]

Rent: The Backstage Pass

Ever wondered what life backstage of a production is like? I dived into VCU Theatre’s production of “Rent” and learned everything about what the backstage experience really is. I took photographs, interviewed the actors, and got to know all aspects of VCU theatre. I spent the last three weeks observing, getting to know the actors, figuring out all the secrets of putting on this grand size of a production, and finding all the small and unseen gears that make a show like this run. Keep reading to find out more about the charm and vitality of “Rent.”

Galleries of the District

mmediately as I stepped foot into 1708 Gallery I was welcomed by two eager greeters. Founded in 1978, this art gallery is one of the oldest artist-run galleries in the country. That’s a pretty valuable gallery hidden amongst the brick towers populating Broad Street.

Beautiful Body

You bloom through your blemishes, fragile, guarded by the thorns that once destroyed you. Your petals glisten when they lean towards the light, they dance in the wind, large and curvy, and blossom beneath the sun. At all stages, you glow, never mundane, always magic Design by: Madison Scharf

SCREAMING INTO THE VOID

Inspired by Sharna Osborne’s style of photography, SCREAMING INTO THE VOID captures the level of absurdism and bizarre qualities a void can take on when filled with the right person.

The Permanence of Art in the Digital Age

Imagine a world with no art. Billboards hold words with no color. Children’s books are just gray pages of mush that kids chew into soluble pieces only to spit up the excess. Movies don’t exist. Neither do any form of theatre or dance. Clothes are uniform. Walls are dim with the blankness of an unstretched canvas. The world is muted. Life is feeble. 

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