Varoom 42

The Intimacy Issue


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Varoom 42 – the Intimacy issue

From paranoia-tinged pandemic editorial for the likes of the New York Times to the body-based illustration of make-up artist Athena Paginton, the latest issue of Varoom looks at intimacy in the last year of image-making.

Designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and with a cover illustration by Hannah Buckman, Varoom 42 is a fascinating look at illustration giving us new perspectives on domestic scenes, visualising rich inner worlds and helping us to stay mindful.

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Deconstructing Definitions

Ngadi Smart talks dismantling dominant narratives with illustration and photography.

Painting Faces

Alix-Rose Cowie discovers make up artist Athena Paginton’s bodily art. Read an excerpt here.

Showing Emotionality

Billie Muraben on the connecting approach of Sophi Miyoko Gullbrants. Read an excerpt here.

Austerity Graphics

Walker Mimms reveals the uneasy editorial of turbulent times, featuring the work of Cristina Daura, Yann Bastard, Bráulio Amado, Molly Rose Dyson and Baptiste Virot

Cloud Watching

Laura Carlin on illustrating for children

Masking Up

Tristan Manco encounters the street art of Spanish artists Escif and Sam3 and Bangalore based Muhammed Sajid highlighting the effects of the pandemic. Read an excerpt here.

Second Nature

Ping Mu on the perspectives of her virtual habitat

Optical Unconscious

Luise Vormittag talks ghost stories with Leanne Shapton

Chance Encounters

Peony Gent reflects on the importance of the unexpected

Looking Well

Olivia Ahmad looks at mindfulness projects going beyond sector standard

Activity, Essence and Spirit

Anna Steinberg explores Joanna Spicer’s documentation of home and family. Read an excerpt here.

Indelible Allure

Ritupriya Basu tracks new imaginings of the ancient Kama Sutra, talking to Malika Favre, Akshita Chandra, Joe Schlaud and Victo Ngai

Warmth in Rock

Paul Gravett talks to Marion Fayolle about drawing on loss for the graphic novel about her father’s death


Illustration Hannah Buckman. Design Michael Kelly at Fraser Muggeridge Studio