New guest writer heidi askey

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painters TUBES® are delighted to welcome Heidi Askey as our regular guest writer for painters TUBES magazine.

Heidi has written articles for our sister journal TAG since the turn of the this year. She is based in the UK and has a Batchelor Degree in Art History from Goldsmiths, London. Heidi also writes about contemporary music and has an interest in Philosophy. Her favourite artworks includes Henri Matisse and Lucien Freud and a few of the more prominent contemporary artists in the United Kingdom .

Heidi made her debit for painters TUBES publications with TAG #7 with an article on the American artist Rachel Romano. For this issue of TUBES Heidi has provided us with an extensive fresh review of Rachel's work and Kate Collins, another female artist. Kate is an English Artist that painters TUBES magazine has had a keen interest following her unique art. The Tubes editor created several poems to accompany her work in a book published in 2021. painters TUBES® have published both these articles for your enjoyment in this issue.

Rachel Romano a review by Heidi Askey

Rachel Romano describes herself as “a storyteller for adults”. The complexities and details of her paintings certainly show this conclusion to be true. To me, they appear to be a fragment of a larger narrative, from which so much can be drawn.

Beginning, for example, with her piece New American Gothic. This painting is brimming with symbolism. The male figure is seen holding a flame, presumably having lit the red, bomb-like objects in the background. He stands triumphantly on a gas mask, from which yellow flowers sprout. The image of the gas mask perhaps show the history of war, and the things that humanity has learned from it. Such as, the pain and abnormality of having to protect oneself when leaving the house due to fumes – even the sorrow and shame that such products had a necessity to be created in the first place.

The yellow flowers show death and decay; they grow between the eyes of the gas masks as if in the place of what was once a body. But, they may also show a decay of memory – as time has passed, the experiences of war and the people who suffered become less clearly remembered, and humanity falls into the same mistakes. So, the image of the male figure standing on the mask could be a representation of ignorance; he proudly disregards the despair of past war, or perhaps even declares himself superior to such ‘mistakes’ as those made in previous battles.

The headwear of the two figures, although regal in design, appears to be comprised of fragile materials; pape

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