ARTiculations

a collage style graphic with two line drawings of figures, a radio, and a paintbrush on top of a mostly white background with swirls of purple, pink, and orange. Surrounding the graphic is informative text for ARTiculations the interview series on KHOI radio about local women and non-binary artists.

ARTiculations

An interview series focusing on the contributions of local women and non-binary artists. 

The second volume of interviews in the series features Charlie Esker, Vivian M. Cook, Sang Lee, Zoë Fay-Stindt, and Tanvi Rastogi. The interviews will air on KHOI Radio, 89.1 FM on Mondays at 4pm throughout October for local listeners. Not local? Listen live at khoifm.org

This program is hosted by Nancy Gebhart as a collaboration between the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity and KHOI Community Radio.

Charlie, Vivian, Sang, Zoë, and Tanvi were asked to provide a playlist to accompany their interviews. Those songs were collected as an ARTiculations Volume 2 Spotify playlist and will air with the interview series. 

Revisit the first volume of interviews in the series featuring artists Jamie Malone, Kristin Roach, Sara Merritt, and Helen Barton.

 

 

Featured Artists 

The artist, Charlie Esker, stands with their arms outstretched in front of their large artwork depicting abstracted bodies on a colorful background.

 

Charlie Esker

“Hello! My name is Charlie Esker (they/she), I am a local, nonbinary artist, born and raised in Iowa. I studied integrated studio arts and psychology at Iowa State and now work as a full time artist. In essence, my work has become a celebration of queerness and the queer experience, both my own and that of the larger queer community which inspires me everyday. My art has grown and changed so much through my own transition, and I will continue to explore and evolve along with it.”

The artist, Vivian Cook, is shown in a bright tank top, black pants, a hat, and glasses during a performance where her arm is crossing her body and her finger is pointing.

Vivian M. Cook

Vivian M. Cook (she/her), originally from the mountains of Arizona, serves as Community Engagement Director for The EcoTheatre Lab, Co-Producer for Focal Theatre Lab, and member of the Ames Climate Action Team. With a B.A. in Performing Arts and French, she is now a graduate student studying Community Development, Sustainable Agriculture, and Youth Program Management at ISU. In her studies and practice, Vivian works at the intersection of arts, community engagement, and social and environmental justice.

The artist, Sang Lee, sits with her arms crossed across the back of the chair while looking at the camera

 

Sang Lee

Sang Lee (she/her) is an artist and designer living In Ames, Iowa. She is originally from Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Korea and Thailand before moving to the U.S. to study art. She received an MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University and a second MFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. Sang’s passion for cultural diversity and working with marginalized groups led her to work on her MFA thesis in graphic design, in which she researched the impact immigrant artists have on American culture and society, which allowed her to inform the community in Ames, Iowa, of the importance of culture and diversity, as well as the effects of migration on the community of artists in the U.S. Sang is currently working on doctorate research in Design/Human-Computer Interaction at Iowa State University. She aims to further the understanding of the intersectional identity of audiences and designers, emphasizing the importance of addressing issues relating to equity and biases in design classrooms.

cropped photo of the artist Zoë Fay-Stindt of her head and shoulders, hair pulled back, wearing a red tank top and a nose ring, and looking directly at the camera

 

Zoë Fay-Stindt

Zoë Fay-Stindt (she/Z/they) is a queer, bicontinental poet with roots in both the French and American south. Their work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, featured or forthcoming in places such as Southern Humanities, Ninth Letter, and Poet Lore, and gathered into a chapbook, Bird Body, winner of Cordella Press’ inaugural Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize. She lives right here in Ames, Iowa, where she is an MFA candidate at Iowa State University, an award-winning teacher, and a volunteer at Mustard Seed Community Farm.

A portrait photograph of artist, Tanvi Rastogi, standing in front of a white wall with decals of Keith Haring figures.

Tanvi Rastogi

Tanvi Rastogi (she/her) is a former public librarian whose main area of focus was creating community spaces in which young people with marginalized identities were represented and validated and could find safe outlets for self-expression and exploration. She began painting in 2019 as a form of distraction and stress relief and primarily works with watercolor and pen or acrylic and Sharpie. In the years since she began painting, Tanvi has amassed a large collection of portraits of her partner Kris, as well as portraits of other Ames locals. Tanvi holds degrees in Sociology and Information Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.