Mixed media collage by Joyanna M & Lily Bell
The title, M2R, is the French acronym for LOL but has the more sinister translation Mort de rire (Died Laughing). Given Margaret Atwood's observation that men are afraid that women will laugh at them and women are afraid that men will kill them, we think it speaks to the feminine condition. The work is a collection of paintings and drawing by us, superimposed on each other, that depict the pain and beauty of being female.
~ Joyanna M & Lily Bell
Joyanna M and Lily Bell are partners that reside in Seattle, WA. Their collaborations have appeared in the Rumpus and past issues of Moonchild Magazine. Lily Bell is currently working on her memoir, and Joyanna M is currently working on paintings as the featured artist in an as-yet-unnamed literary journal. They both have collaborated in the past on the musical endeavor Aquamarine Space Unicorns and have recently released their latest LP She Persisted (The Brink).