“Empress III” (from the series “The Empresses”), 2018. Coffee and charcoal on paper. 21 x 29 cm. Ⓒ Maimuna Adam.

“Men argue, nature acts.” -Voltaire

The world is changing before our eyes. What we once knew is lost forever. In its wake we find a new term, solastalgia, used to describe the distress caused by environmental change, a sadness for the weather we once knew. The arctic burns and the deserts flood, it is an angry planet on which we live. And who among us stands up and says I will be the first to change?

Maimuna Adam is currently in Southeast England where she is working on a residency project with artists from around the world. The project is called Upcycled and is intended to create work from archives from around the world or from the personal archives of the artists involved. She is also working on her personal artwork for which she has been developing different narratives using coffee as a painting medium. She holds a strong interest in the history of coffee and how it shapes the world. To hear more about this and her other work, listen to the complete interview.

Roy Scranton is based in Los Angeles. He recently released two books and has a few other small pieces coming out in various publications in the near future. He is now starting to think about what a human future may look like in the catastrophic world that is currently emerging and beginning to figure out how his work will take shape moving forward. Much of Scranton’s recent smaller projects relate to the topic of climate change and the work that emerges next will follow along these lines. To hear more about his books (which are listed in our reading section below) and more, listen to the complete interview.


A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

The point of no return has long since passed. Now is the time to salvage what is left.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Maimuna Adam has been reading a lot of books on Kindle of late including Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne which she picks up from time to time to stop herself from getting too serious. Roy Scranton’s books can be found here.

Twyckenham Notes accepts art and photography for publication. They are currently accepting submissions for their upcoming issue and artists chosen will be paid a nominal fee for publication of their work. If work is not selected, artists may resubmit after two issues have gone by. Those published must wait a year before re-submitting work. All art must be previously unpublished. For more details, and to familiarize yourself with the publication, visit the website. Deadline for current submissions is September 15.



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Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.


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