by Patty Paine
Patty Paine is the author of Grief & Other Animals (Accents Publishing), The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing), and three chapbooks. She edited Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry and The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf. Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Blackbird, Adroit, Gulf Stream, Waxwing, Thrush, The South Dakota Review, and other publications. She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal, and Diode Editions.
by Emmanuel Okolieze
Emmanuel Okolieze was born on September 26, 2002. He is a visual Artist working in the genre of Realism. With pencil, ink, color and other visual medium, Emmanuel creates realistic Art that focus on instilling values, influencing society and translating experiences across space and time.
by Mark C. Duke
Mark C. Duke is a self taught photorealistic pen artist currently studying computer science at the University of Imo State. He uses ball point pen.
By W Goodwin
Art Runner-up of the Inaugural Surging Tide Summer Contest
“Synthesis of love in a war zone” provides an emotionally-rich, evocative capture of a moment layered with both anguish and vitality. Given the fleeting nature of travel, this piece emulates the ephemeral emphasis of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Through ephemera, W. Goodwin reminds us that our journeys consist of small steps and a strong heart—and always with the people we love. —Sophia Liu, Co-Managing Editor
I created "Synthesis of Love in a War Zone" in the Tora Bora region of northeast Afghanistan. This father and his sleeping daughter were traveling between two war-ravaged villages when I encountered them. I know neither of their names and, given the chaos in Afghanistan, I wonder if either is even still alive. This image was originally in color, but I prefer it in monotone.
W Goodwin is bound by blood to salt water and directed by mixed genetics to explore uncommon places and themes from a home base in Colorado. He graduated from UCLA (biology and English), undertook graduate studies in biochemistry, studied scientific photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, traveled the world, taught high school and university-level sciences, raised two children and founded two businesses. Their short stories and photography-based artwork have appeared in more than half a dozen literary journals.
By Kaiser Louis
Art Winner of the Inaugural Surging Tide Summer Contest
What first jumped out at us with “La Matrone” is its skillful use of texture. With deliberate linework and an instinctive vibrancy, this piece offers a stunning collage of personal and historical identity and a brilliant culmination of our theme “Synthesis.” Kaiser Louis’s conceptual process is truly exceptional. Surging Tide is honored to champion his work, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this young artist. —Sophia Liu, Co-Managing Editor
La Matrone is a piece from MY AP portfolio. It's a drawing I did of a photograph of my grandmother buying her first car in America. She was not born here, but the picture was taken here - by utilizing Xerox images and a variety of other media, I was able to convey the overlap - the physical overlapping, mimics and mirrors the overlapping of history, culture and identity.
Kaiser Louis is a Haitian- American artist investigating his past. Using vintage photos of his family as inspiration, he prints said photos onto Clayboard and layers a variety of media on top - Charpak Markers, ink, colored pencils, watercolor, etc. His work is an exploration of how an individual’s cultural and personal identity are interlocked - one cannot be fully explored without considering the other.
By L. M. Cole
Water Body is a piece of art in collage using my original photography juxtaposed with found clippings from newspaper archives from 1900 to 1950. In this piece the top section is an anatomical drawing of skin layers
L.M. Cole is a poet and artist residing on the US East Coast. Her art has been published or is forthcoming with Roi Faineant, Suburban Witchcraft, Musing Publications, Petrichor, and others. She can be found on Twitter @_scoops__
by Victoria Wang
Artist Statement: Linocut Print 1/1 titled: 追溯(zhuī sù)
【追溯can mean the notion of the longing to retrace or physically trace back to the root. 】
My mother and grandfather are huge influences on my way, retracing back to my Chinese “roots;” therefore, I decided to link them to the “tree root of my origin”.
Victoria Wang is an emergent art maker that is never afraid to explore new ways to create and always enjoys experimenting with different new mediums and techniques. She loves the whims of nature and connection with family and kindred spirits, from which she often draws her inspirations.