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Volume 4 (2020)

Editor's Note

The best way to describe the 2019-2020 edition of Brushing is a labor of love. What began as a compilation of submissions beautifully evolved into a coalescence of the artistic voices that represent the vibrant texture of the Rollins community. While we have had to endure difficult transitions and adopt new social norms in the second half of our school year, I am grateful that we have still managed to come together as a community to promote creative expression. Let this year's edition of the journal serve as an artifact of our resilience. The visual concept for the cover of this year's Brushing was inspired by a quote from John Lennon: "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." With that in mind, I chose images of a stock, profile portrait and an alluring landscape to create a double exposure effect. It's an aesthetic explosion that illuminates the confluence and dichotomy of imagination and reality. COVID-19 presented many unforeseen hurdles from a production standpoint, and, regrettably, due to time constraints, we decided to pursue a minimalist interior design so as to allow the writing and visual art to take center stage. My hope for our audience is that you can find something in this journal that you can connect with, whether it is a piece of writing or art, anything that takes you to a place within yourself and inspires you to produce something original of your own. Brushing is committed to diverse creators and content, and we would love to hear your story. Before I send you off, I have to thank our dedicated staff of Readers and Editors, who put in a tremendous amount of work to finely curate and polish the pieces included in this year’s publication. Also, thank you to Greg Golden and Victoria Brown for your expertise, guidance, and commitment to the success of Brushing.

All the best,

Siobhan Cooney, Editor-in-Chief

Articles

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Editor's Note
Siobhan Cooney

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Wake
Robyn Perry

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Hello Kitty
Elizabeth Trepanier

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Red Icing
Mya Destefano

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The Trinity
Siobhan Cooney

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Lie by Omission
Emily O'Malley

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The House
Barbara Hughes

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Calladitas se ven más bonitas
Nicole Zamudio-Roman

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Eutierria
Erica Vanacore

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Children of Red Paint
Sara Mehdinia

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Binge
Barbara Hughes

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Nectar
Mya Destefano

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Grains of Sand
Elizabeth Smith

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Legato and Staccato
Emily O'Malley

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Tookie Tookie
Antonieta Lairet

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Eternal Memory
Alexander Knobloch

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Camera Shy
Claudia Prado

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Impressions of Salvation
Sydney Schenone

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A Gentle Evening
Matthew Mosquera

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Speak Life
Allison Van Tilborgh

Editors

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Siobhan Cooney
EDITORS
Alexandra Arnold
McKinnon Bell
Charlie Lin
Elizabeth Trepanier
Talia Viera
READERS
Bernadette Coyle
Danielle Gober
Alex Lichtner
Samantha Maris
Sara Mehdinia
Allison Wilson
ADVISORS
Greg Golden, Director of Student Media
Victoria, Faculty Advisor

About this Issue:

Brushing Art and Literary Journal is a publication of Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida. This particular (2020) issue of Brushing is self-titled.