Cover Art Con­test Win­ners

HANGAMA AMIRI & JIL­LIAN TA­MAKI

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Our 2016 cover art con­test was judged by Hangama Amiri and Jil­lian Ta­maki. Here’s what they had to say about the win­ning en­tries:

HA: Look­ing at Amanda Rhodenizer’s At­tach­ment re­minds me of how my mother used to help me get ready for school in Afghanistan, brush­ing my hair, help­ing to put on my school uni­form and sneak­ers—those twenty min­utes with her in the early morn­ings were the best mem­o­ries of my child­hood. I’m also in­ter­ested in the artist’s use of loose brush strokes, which cre­ates a sub­con­scious mo­ment be­tween the mother and daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship. It’s very fresh, tex­tu­ral, and ex­pres­sive. JK: Of course, I have to think like an il­lus­tra­tor when choos­ing a mag­a­zine cover. What will at­tract and in­trigue the viewer? It should feel like it “fits” the cover and be a lit­tle iconic, in my opin­ion. I think the im­age also is a bit in­trigu­ing on the sec­ond read—the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the child and adult feels in­ti­mate and fa­mil­iar but is also a lit­tle bit am­bigu­ous if you look a lit­tle closer.

HA: For me, Two for Tea ex­presses ideas of fem­i­nism in the con­text of body pol­i­tics, women’s self value, self-re­flec­tion, and their ev­ery­day im­age in the so­ci­ety. What in­trigues me about this three-di­men­sional art­work is the artist’s use of ev­ery­day ma­te­rial: the tea cups, spoons, and plates that are at­tached to the dress. It re­flects ideas of how women are still be­ing iden­ti­fied in the fam­ily and in the so­ci­ety, as moth­ers, sis­ters, and wives. Es­pe­cially the con­cept of do­mes­tic; women serv­ing in the kitchen brings us back into the sec­ond-wave fem­i­nist move­ment, but for me it seems still rel­e­vant in to­days’ por­trayal of women in me­dia. JK: Ex­plor­ing ideas of do­mes­tic­ity and home­mak­ing are well-trod in fem­i­nist art but I still think they have a place. I think the crafts­man­ship in this looks ex­quis­ite and is prob­a­bly more so in per­son. The place­ment of the dish­ware evokes in­ter­nal or­gans to me, per­haps.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our win­ners, and thanks to all who en­tered. At­tach­ment is on the cover, Two for Tea op­po­site, and our hon­ourable men­tion, Me­ta­mor­pho­sis by Slavka Kole­sar, can be viewed on our web­site at room­magazine.com.

Photo credit: An­drew Gene

Two for Tea by Tanya Lyons

2010; flame-worked glass, brass mesh, tea cups, cot­ton, wildflower tea 107 x 117 x 32 cm

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