LAURA BUCCIERI observes, confronts, and explores queer womanhood in her collection On Being Mistaken. Buccieri writes, “i am the only thing i will carry,” but she manages to not only carry us through the implications of a society that “others,” but she also drops us into language that resists and jabs at that exact act of “othering.” This is an exciting, experimental, and rhythmic voice that creates a space in which we can explore how we are labeled and how we ourselves label. Buccieri doesn’t beg for answers but rather urges us to expand our language, assumptions, and ideologies.

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Proceeds from on being mistaken will benefit the Audre Lorde Project and The Lower East Side Girls Club.

Panteha Abareshi is  an illustrator and artist focused on making pieces that accurately capture the realities of mental illness, specifically depression and anxiety. The girls she draws represent struggle, and confusion but they also epitomize strength. There is strength in vulnerability, there is power is admitting that you are broken down. The girls she draws don’t need anyone, they don’t want anyone. They are strong and standing alone.They’re not phased by broken bones, or blood gushing from their wounds. The things that she draws, like knives and roses through the neck, bloody noses…these are tangible, obviously painful things that are impossible to miss. These are, to Panteha, physical embodiments of what depression feels like. Her work also expresses her rejection of all modern notions of romance. Her artwork is a direct expression of her beliefs that the way young people, especially girls, are taught to value, prioritize and derive happiness from “love” is damaging and wrong. She struggles with the societal standards for romance, love and sex constantly, and express that in her work because she wants to normalize the notion of women/people not craving intimacy. She also aims to draw primarily Women of Color because it is vitally important to her to depict WOC with mental illness, WOC who are not driven by romantic or sexual desires, and just WOC as the focal pieces because it’s important that people of color in contemporary illustration and art be normalized. She also works in pattern design, creating patterns inspired by her love of cell structure, and her own sickle cell thalassemia.






In collaboration with Panteha Abareshi: "When reading through On Being Mistaken, I immediately had ideas and imagery for pieces from each piece. The two that stood out the most to me were Tonight Is Yabrak and St. Rays, and I knew almost immediately what my visual representations and manifestations of those pieces would look like. Because I incorporate text into my work, I knew I wanted to bring lines from the poems onto the body, and then go from there. The image of the physical representation of the yabrak ingredients was the immediate inspiration I had, and being able to execute what I'd envisioned was so satisfying, especially because of how much the poem resonated with me and conjured nostalgia of the cooking traditions from both sides of my family that ring so heavily and inescapably with identity. Working on the "St. Rays" piece was even more personal because of my own challenging and oppressive religious upbringing. Making the piece I thought so much about The Church as something that is expected to be embodied and engrained into a person, remembering being taught that offerings are a part of showing our devotion, and wondering how much of myself I'd be forced to offer up to the institution that was breaking me down. Laura's poem hit me so hard, and I wanted to be able to capture that emotion in my piece.I begin with a pencil drawing, and then ink my lines with black india ink before coloring the piece with a combination of watercolor and india and acrylic ink."


In collaboration with Amber Vittoria: "This illustration speaks to the poem, The Image Search: Feminine. My work aims to break the societal view on femininity, and said piece resonates with me and the message behind my work. Through physical traits such as body hair, overtly extended limbs, and rounded features, this illustration invites the viewer to question their definition of feminine.

Amber Vittoria is an illustrator living and working in New York City. Her pieces focus on femininity and the female form, leveraging physical traits such as body hair, overtly extended limbs, and rounded features.