Get to Know Your Zinester: SLUR

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here

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Who: SLUR

Find more info at: slurzine.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

I make zines as a convoy for pure thought. I feel the presence of complete expression and creation when making a zine and viewing the final product. It feels natural. It feels like giving birth. It feels like a quantum bounce. Like the blossoming of a universe. When I strike pen to paper or crease that fold or slam staplers, I am in possession of an arcane act known as memory. I create zines of memory.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

I’m looking forward to tabling for the first time in my life. It’s a strange experience to come from attending LAZF 2016 to tabling the next year. I sincerely feel that my productivity has payed off. Blessed.

Also the expectation of meeting so many artists and collectors and voyeurs is exciting. To communicate via art is the most sensual experience and I can’t wait to immerse myself in the communal love for creation.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
I’m not sure if I would consider them zinesters, but comic makers, art book creators, there are so many who inspire me. Mainly Sarah Horrocks, who’s works dip into the horrendous beauty of the body and the deconstruction of the real. Her demonic line work and dense writing are truly a gift.
Julia Gfrorer is another artist who’s work inspires me because she projects the horrific and depressive moments in daily life with such ease. Her line work is graceful, fluid, her stories obsessive and cruel, but she encourages me to pursue the line as a sacrificial output.
Lastly, I look to Jake Terrel, who I recently discovered. His buoyancy with characters and art is truly an awe to behold. The joyousness he expresses through delineation is reminiscent of those childhood days spent imagining stories in my backyard. He reveals the enviousness of dreamy wonderlands lost in memory. Terrel is magic and thus inspires magic.
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