Fall 2021 — Inhale. Exhale.
Just breathe. Inhale… exhale… These words might be heard in a yoga class or read in a children’s book. In recent years, the growing popularization of mindfulness has made society more aware of breath as a tool to manage mental and physical health, connect with one’s body, and become cognizant of one’s surroundings.
Breath is unconscious yet foundational to life. The last year and a half has revealed that breath is not always available to those who need it. Many people ill with COVID-19 were saved by or perished in need of oxygen machines. Breath has become associated with social and racial justice as protesters chant “I can’t breathe.” Further, suffocating wildfires throughout the West and Southwest are annual reminders of climate change and the preciousness of air quality.
Breath has become a symbol in contemporary culture for the value of human life and raises the question, who has the privilege to breathe easy?
The artworks featured in this issue may be viewed through this lens, though the themes and concerns within extend broadly. Kellie Bornhoft’s video Sun Breathing was taken during severe wildfires in California last year (p. 18), while Kristin Bauer’s text-based installations in public places seek to create spaces for reflection and introspection (p. 24). Jung Min’s “bodyscape” drawings depict female bodies in knots and entanglements, positions of restriction and power (p. 12).
This issue’s curated series of artist profiles was juried from an open call by Julio César Morales, an artist, educator, writer, and senior curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum. You can find his remarks on the theme and some of the artists featured on page 37.
Edited by: Lauren Tresp.
Contributing editors: Daisy Geoffrey, Angie Rizzo.
Guest juror: Julio César Morales.
Contributors: Sommer Browning, Natalie Hegert, Steve Jansen, Tamara Johnson, Lauren Moya Ford, Angie Rizzo, Joshua Rose, Lauren Tresp, Lynn Trimble
Cover art: Kayla Collymore (top), Donna Crump (below), Hypoxia, 2021. Photo: Lucero Valle Archuleta, Lucero Photography.
Jung Min, Kellie Bornhoft, Kristin Bauer, Kayla Collymore + Donna Crump, Apolo Gomez, Sara Hubbs, Wen-Hang Lin, Ellen Babcock, Stefan Jennings Batista, Daniel Hojnacki, Alexandra Lechin, Alejandro Macias, Julia C. Martin, Dallin Maybee, Jill O’Bryan, Rosalinda Pacheco, Augustine Romero, Brenda Stumpf, Rossitza Todorova, Everton Tsosie.
Vol. 3 — Fall 2021 — Inhale. Exhale.
Edition of 1000.
7.5 x 9.5 in, 84 pages.
Perfect bound, offset-printed, full color on uncoated paper.
Made in New Mexico.
Printed in Arizona.
Publication date: July 30, 2021.
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