ISSUE 41 is here!
Members can tiptoe into the Secret Lair for a digital download!
The centerfold is in full color and is a sheet of secret message guerilla art to cut out and share around your community. Members can also download the digital file to use these time and time again.
Each month these will be created by a guest artist. This month the centerfold was created by Cynthia. You can read her Lucky 13! interview HERE. (These same 13 questions will be answered on the 15th of each month in a blog post featuring that month's Secret Message Society Centerfold Artist.)
In Issue 41...
One day, seeing her earbuds laying so picturesque on a dish in her kitchen, the artist decides it would make the perfect image to paint on the front cover as well as a great focus for a zine about her grand life. She decides to LISTEN UP to what it is going on around her, jotting down pertinent secret messages.
This issue highlights the art medium of paint. Using gouache paints she expresses on the pages of her zine the things she overhears, adding in tidbits from her life that fill out her days and offer themselves up as possible themes. She takes her visual inspiration for this zine from Maira Kalman and enjoys waltzing around with the permission to hear it, see it and paint it as she wants to, not as she should.
She is particularly proud of this zine, as she spent a lot of time getting lost in adding layers of paint to these pages in a way that felt natural and self-exploratory. She wonders if taking up painting makes more space for listening. She feels like when she paints she has less to say in words and this is a shift she is enjoying.
If you're already a member, start putting a cup against the wall to overhear the things the neighbors are saying. It is fun to find personal secret messages buried in things other people say! And while you're at it, why not snap a few photos unaware, so you can paint the people at another time? Listen up! Art is all around you.