Featured (Re) Contributors:

TEXT: Brian Cullman. H.E. Fisher. Felice Neals. ART: Chris Stroebel.

Welcome to (Re)!

I am very excited to present a curated “journal of ideas” that is a meeting place of visual art, prose, science, and more.

The idea for this endeavor came about from my love of vintage clothing and found objects and the way in which one ‘re’cycles these objects, et al. to make them their own. This concept then grew from that which we acquire in this vein, to that which we create through our various artforms (and yes, science and math are considered here, to be ‘the application of creative skill and imagination’, as art is formally defined). All of the material presented will incorporate a re-root word, such as relive, reinvent, reuse…into its framework in whatever way the artist chooses. And so, (Re) is a product of this expanded idea.

The journal, available monthly online, will feature the work of artists/creators/thinkers in various categories and I am honored to present their work within this forum.

Thank you so much for taking the time to explore this new and evolving (re)source.

I hope you enjoy the ride

— Felice Neals
Writer, reader, photographer, dance devotee, film citizen, language-a-phile…

Layla

Essay

(Re)membering

Brian Cullman

Shims & Renovations

Essay

(Re)invention

H.E. Fisher

Plantation Currency

Short Story

(Re)lease

Felice Neals

Recall

In contemplating the word, ‘recall,’ many memories surfaced. Each painting is an expression of a specific memory, and each title has a companion ‘re’ word that demanded to be included. Unearthed recalls the experience of having to find my voice again, and fully recognize my adult self. Apology Accepted recalls a relationship ending, and the apology that ushered in profound healing and reconciliation. I Was A Garden Once recalls a manicured garden, whose reincarnation as a wild and unrestrained patch of backyard, reminded me of our unlimited potential to change and grow.

Unearthed

Oil on canvas. 2020

Apology Accepted

Oil on canvas. 2020

I Was a Garden Once

Oil on canvas. 2020

Christine Stroebel is a visual artist living in Nashville, Tennessee. Primarily, a painter and printmaker working in oil and oil-based inks, she often repurposes existing paintings and materials, to create layers of paintings on paintings. Her work is informed by place and inspiredby poets and podcasts. Christine completed artist residencies in Marnay-sur-Seine, France at Centre d’Art (CAMAC) and Domaine du Tournefou in Palis. She has a MAT in Visual Art and MPH in Public Health, and is a member of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City. Instagram: @cstroebelart

Other Stuff

Here is where I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the (Re) contributors, the friends and family who support this adventure with their encouragement and guidance, Lori, the web consultant who is holding my hand as I build this site with no previous experience in the web tech arena, and the wonderful readers, who I hope will continue to follow our monthly content. Thank you! Merci! Gracias! Shukriya! Grazie! Xiexie! Amsegenallo! Asante! Shukraan!

Cover photograph by Felice Neals: Sofa as seen on a downtown New York City sidewalk which I (re)envisioned for this month’s cover.

ART photographs by Christine Stroebel.

TEXT photographs of notebook covers by Felice Neals.

I have learned that an independent journalist and author, Linda Tirado, was seriously injured while covering the protests in Minneapolis. I have not met Miss Tirado, but here is a link to her book, Hand to Mouth here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316951/hand-to-mouth-by-linda-tirado/? Please consider giving it a read and supporting a fellow writer. I’m sure you will join me in wishing her a speedy recovery.

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