Winter 2011: Artist Bios
“Get Back Better On” and “Sleep Anywhere”
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an amateur photographer and artist from Cheshire, UK. She is the winner of the National Geographic “Kids Competition 2010 for the British Isles” and World Photography Organization's “Photomonth Youth Award 2010.” At the age of 14, she has already had her photography showcased around the globe in the form of magazines and exhibitions, most notably the National Geographic “See The Bigger Picture Contest” and photo tour, for which she was the only entrant from the whole of the UK to be placed in the competition. She has also had some of her artwork auctioned for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Based in Chicago, Jason Fairchild is a modern artist that currently uses painting as the fastest and best way to get his message out there. Jeremy Sedley of New Art International said,"By bringing aesthetic and isolated focus to such kinetic subject matter, as portals, fractures and psychic superimposition, Jason Fairchild ventures respectful oblations toward untested limits to human perception. His often cunning dissections of visual category veered toward an element neutral objectivity while merging with an allegiant anthropomorphic sympathy." More of his artwork can be seen at: www.daggerroom.com/jason.
Ritika Gandhi was born and raised in India, where she attained her Bachelor’s degree in Business, later followed by Textile Designing. She worked as a designer in a textile manufacturing company. In the early ‘90s, she moved to New York where she began to work as a freelance textile artist. Her travels took her all over the world, from Hong Kong to England. In England, she went back to school and attended Reading College of Art and Design and attained her Diploma in Fine Art. Her fate moved her to the United States in 2003, where she started her teaching career. Ritika has been teaching Batik and Silk Painting at Midland Park Continuing Education and Montclair Museum. She has also taught at Atelier 7 Studio in Pompton Plain, Montclair Adult School, South Orange, and Maplewood Adult School. Ritika has had her art exhibited in the United States as well as abroad.
“Nerve” and “Hiroshima”
George McKim's poetry is forthcoming or has been published in: The Dirty Napkin, Blaze Vox, Poets and Artists Magazine, Viral Cat, Tupelo Press Sappho Poetry Project, Leaf Garden Press, Clockwise Cat, 7 x 20 Journal, Eunoia, escarp, Eviscerator Heaven, Carcinogenic Poetry, Rust and Moth Journal, and several others. George is the editor of the poetry journal - Psychic Meatloaf. He has been a visual artist for many years and his artwork has been exhibited in group shows in galleries and museums in the Southeast and has recently been accepted for publication in Otoliths, Portland Review Online, Viral Cat, Breadcrumb Scabs Poetry Journal, and The New Post-literate: A Gallery Of Asemic Writing.
“Late Night Movie” and “Later that Night”
Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His photo essays have appeared in Public Republic, Glasgow Review, and Narrative Magazine. He shares a gallery with his wife Linda at MOONBIRD HILL ARTS: www.moonbirdhill.exposuremanager.com/. New work of his is forthcoming in Tiferet, The View from Here, and Talking Writing.