Mahari Chabwera is a recent BFA graduate from Painting and Printmaking at VCUArts, whose painting, Grace of Yemeyah, won Poictesme’s 2017 Editor’s Choice Award for art.  I visited Mahari’s studio to talk about her work, influences, and life after graduating. In her workspace, large, unstretched pieces of canvas cover the walls. In-progress figurative paintings built upon with velvety layers of paint are topped with sections of glass and gold leaf. On an opposite wall, small, richly-hued paintings of figurines and masks mirror the themes often…Continue Reading “Interview with Mahari Chabwera”

Words by Stephanie Trujillo When I introduced myself to Vito Acconci, I was in disbelief that I was finally meeting the famous multimedia artist and architect I had studied about in my contemporary art history courses. Acconci was surprised that I was more interested in his Body Art rather than the architectural works he had just discussed. His response however caught me off guard. Cautiously but sincerely, he said, “I don’t want to make art anymore. Art is just for museums.” Perplexed, I pointed out…Continue Reading “Vito Acconci on Beauty, Harmony, and Functionality”