If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched 
into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. 
                                                                   —Audre Lorde

In Mequitta Ahuja’s self-portrait In Back Garden: Green Carpet, the painted figure is centered, filling most of …

Mequitta Ahuja, who holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, lives and works in Baltimore. Her paintings have appeared in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Lawndale Art Center in Houston; Arthouse in Austin; Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris; and BravinLee Programs in New York. Ahuja has also exhibited work at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, Kansas; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, among others.

The Zen Master

Chica Barbie

This year, as has been the case for decades, more than three hundred beauty pageants are taking place in Colombia, a country that for more than one hundred years—as University of San Francisco history professor Michael Edward Stanfield states in …

Carl Bower is a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Sunday Times Magazine of London, and TIME magazine, and in galleries in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles. Currently based in Denver, Bower previously spent fifteen years as a photojournalist for Newhouse News Service, the Times-Picayune, Helsingin Sanomat, and the Providence Journal. Chica Barbie was recently exhibited at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, and was added to the collection of the Portland Art Museum.

Standing on the Extreme Verge in “King Lear” and Other High Places

In a Different House

The Childless

The Names of the Rapids

Obediah’s Wings

Today I Am Envying the Glorious Mexicans

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