Math, Science, and Nervous Art: An Interview with Ryan Schultz

Interview by Carla Dominguez When I first met Ryan Schultz in person, I felt confused. I had seen their art gain a lot of attention on tumblr, and I was all too familiar with the smugness that can accompany someone any smidge of internet fame. In front of me was a dapperly-dressed person who took my hand gracefully and with a smile that made me feel ashamed for having assumed the “smug artist” stereotype in the first place. Not everyone will get that air of haughtiness…Continue Reading “Math, Science, and Nervous Art: An Interview with Ryan Schultz”

Hopes, Dreams, and Stock Images With Kieth Pfeiffer

Interview by Elly Call Keith Pfeiffer is a junior in the VCUarts Communication Arts Program.  A talented illustrator, his work is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Poictesme.  We managed to snag him in between his classes and his wanderings around Richmond to talk a little bit more about his art.  In a small park situated behind the VCUarts Honors studio Keith explained his work processes, his take on the VCU arts scene, and importance of vegetables. Poictesme: You’ve really hit your stride creatively and turning…Continue Reading “Hopes, Dreams, and Stock Images With Kieth Pfeiffer”

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interview by Carla Dominguez

photography by John Dijulio

When I met with John Mclaughlin at the Anderson House for this interview the first thing he asked me was, “You’re not going to write about me as Mr. Mclaughlin, are you?” I asked him if he preferred Professor Mclaughlin, and he laughed. “I go by Jack,” he reminded me.

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After an Art Degree

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interview by Cyrus Nuval

art by Eleanor Doughty

What happens to art students when they graduate? The art major, something that many people forget can be broken up into many categories, is often seen as a very expensive dead end. It seems as though only those with business and scientific degrees hold the path to life success, and those that graduate from art school are doomed to work in fast food restaurants. Poictesme reached out to one of our favorite artists, Eleanor Doughty, to catch up with her life as an illustrator.

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by Cyrus Nuval Photography by Zoe Dehmer I had the privilege of interviewing one of Poictesme’s notable writers, Richard DiCicco. Richard is a senior majoring in art history and minoring in creative writing at VCU. For Poictesme’s chapbook, Cobblestone(s), Richard wrote “Magnum Opus,” a bleak and somber psychological short suspense story set in the late sixties. Despite his fondness for the gloomy and eerie, Richard was very cheerful and lighthearted during our talk. More of Richard’s work can be found on his blog.  When and why…Continue Reading “Featured Writer: Richard DiCicco”