Deprived Media presents Deprived Magazine! an art project based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The purpose of the magazine’s publications is to provide visual and literary commentaries based on issues regarding gender and sexuality. The commentaries consist both of educational standpoints and individual experiences in hopes to strike up conversations that will break down the stigmas surrounding the explored topics.
Shayla Hickerson is a third-year HBFA (Visual Arts) student at Lakehead University. Through her experience as an emerging artist, she has become aware of the difficulties of creating a name for one’s self. It became understood that aspiring artists have a challenging time building up their CV. This realization became a turning point in her attempt to create change. In addition, it became more obvious to Hickerson that there were many conversations that were not easily discussed. After encountering a few obstacles of her own, and working through finding her own voice, Hickerson decided that she no longer wanted to beat around the bush. This characteristic became extremely influential after studying major concepts in Women’s Studies, as well as feminist topics in art history. After months of talking and meeting up with people, the idea of a collective project, Deprived Magazine, started to become its own entity. Through Deprived Magazine, Hickerson seeks to address the topics that are pushed to the side while encouraging artists, and the community alike, to break the silence in a safe, respectable way.
Creative Director of Visual Arts:
Vanessa Ervin is currently in her third year at Lakehead university, majoring in Visual Arts. Like many others, she grew up in a society that very much taught the “rights and wrongs” of things such as identity, sexuality, and expression. Many times growing up Ervin felt ashamed, unworthy, and un-pure because a lot of the stereotypes society made. However, a women’s study class really opened her eyes . She feels very empowered and wants to spread awareness for equality. That is the reason why Ervin was drawn to be so involved into Deprived Magazine; she believes it is more than just a magazine, it is a movement. Ervin is excited to contribute designs, photography, art works, essays, and quotes. Overall, she is most excited to create a safe and open space for artists, models, photographers, writers, and people in society.
Creative Director of Music:
Noah Connor is an English major currently attending Lakehead University. Connor also plays in bands around his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario. With this musical background he aims to bring the ideas that are supported by Deprived Magazine into his music and hopefully the public conscious by way of performing.
Photo: Rendition of “Confused Man Yells at Floor”