Study for “The Mere Possibility of a Virgin Birth”
8 x 6.5 inches
charcoal and pastel on paper

“The whole house was filled as if there were a crowd present, crammed full of spirits. They were packed deep right up to the door, and the air was so thick it was scarcely possible to breathe.”
–C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963)

Arel Lisette, born in Riverside, California, is a visual artist working subtractively with charcoal and pastel to create drawings of light and shadow on paper. She received her BFA in Fine Art from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design before attending the Tamarind Institute of Fine Art Lithography, and was recently an artist-in-residence at the Alex Brown Foundation.

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Founded in 2020, Three Fold is an independent quarterly based in Detroit that presents exploratory points of view on arts, culture, and society in addition to original works in various media, including visual art, literature, film and the performing arts. We solicit and commission contributions from artists, writers, and activists around the world. Three Fold is a publication of Trinosophes Projects, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Eastern Market neighborhood in downtown Detroit. Click here to check out Three Fold’s events page and view a schedule of the publication’s on-site activities.

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