Jessica Bond 18 posts
Jess joined FF2 Media as a 2020 graduate of Temple University's journalism program. She has a passion for the arts and using writing as a tool to spread awareness on social issues, independent and small artists. She is a 2021-2022 Fulbright recipient to the University of Sussex, getting her MA in Media and Cultural Studies. She hopes to become an international journalist focusing on local communities and showing the beauty within them.

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Sarah Lucas’ Happy Gas is An Unapologetic Look at Womanhood

The 1990s served as a turning point for many female creatives due to the rise of the DIY and Riot grrrl culture across the US and UK. Alternative media outlets such as zines and unconventional art forms allowed women to express their thoughts regarding various political and socio-economic issues. 

One of the most prominent artists to emerge from this time was Sarah Lucas, a London-based artist who gained recognition for her work during the Young British Artists movement of the late 1980s.read more.

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Imani Perry, 2023 MacArthur Fellow, Writes for Reckoning

The American South is known for being central to U.S. culture, particularly Black American culture. Some of the most significant American literature has been centered around Black American women and their voices and how their experiences have shaped our country. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is considered a literary great due to its depiction of Black women and how it challenges the stereotype of the “strong Black woman,” it shows how there is strength in vulnerability and sisterhood. read more.

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Tamara Madden’s Royal Paintings Dazzle Forever

“I have always been an artist. I have always been a creative soul… A lover of all things creative.” – Tamara Madden, 2011

Some of the best works of art have been produced during high adversity and turmoil. For centuries, artists  have been able to showcase their creative abilities despite what personal matters may surround them.… read more.

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As Black History Month Begins, Faith Ringgold Has Finally “Arrived”

Faith Ringgold is an American artist whose work transcends generations with timely and timeless pieces that speak volumes on the Black identity in the United States that still resonates with young and old audiences. But it was only last year — in 2022 — that she finally received the exposure she had long deserved.read more.

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Nicole Rudick’s Unconventional Biography of Niki de Saint Phalle

Only some artists are larger than life itself. Niki de Saint Phalle is definitely one of them. Niki’s work is colorful and emotional and was often utilized to discuss her politics, or rather her disdain for the current political sphere. Unfortunately, Niki’s work went unknown in the United States until her later years, showing how even the most influential artists can succumb to the hyper-male-focused art world that leaves women artists in the shadows. read more.

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