Ultraviolet is a 24-year-old magazine devoted to the creative arts: prose, poetry, art, photography, graphics, music...you name it, we want it.
We are a student club based out of Queen's University in Kingston, ON, and we love promoting creativity both on and off campus.
Our publication was started by Melissa Kluger who is currently the editor of her own magazine in Toronto. She started UV with the intention of providing a space where bolder and more outgoing pieces could find a happy home.
If you feel that your writing or artwork pushes boundaries, limits, and to the very edge of creativity, then please submit to Ultraviolet Magazine and show us what you've got!
4th year - Psychology and Con-Ed
Favourite Artwork: My favourite artwork is the Nibbler Bunny made by @bunnypetals_store on Instagram. I love artwork that plays with themes of childhood while adding a dark twist. The Nibbler Bunny is a handmade stuffed bunny with human teeth, and it is the perfect intersection between cute and creepy. To me, it represents the loss of innocence in childhood, and a fear growing up. I purchased my own Nibbler Bunny recently, and although my housemates aren’t huge fans, I love the way it pushes boundaries by creating discomfort.
Inspiration: Children’s book illustrations.
4th Year - Art History
Favourite Artwork: My favourite artwork is Arthur Lismer's painting, Sunglow. As a member of the Group of Seven, Lismer painted many scenes and landscapes within Algonquin Park: a place I have spent much time. Lismer's Sunglow is one of my favourites as it reminds me of Monet's impressionist technique of broken colour. The way the light is captured in this work perfectly encapsulates how the sun hits the birch trees on a fall day and reminds me of many of the places I have been to within Algonquin Park. The painting gives me a sense of comfort and familiarity while challenging the eye through scattered colours. For me, looking at this work is a gateway to many good memories of time spent in the outdoors camping and canoeing. These memories are something that drives me every day.
Inspiration: Learning from the past.
Head of Layout
3rd Year -Political Studies and History
Favourite Artwork: My favourite artwork is “Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare” by Claude Monet. I like the colours that are used in the painting, which are different tones of blue and green. I think the painting represents a change in technology and the start of the rapid increase of societal advancements. I saw it at the AGO last year during the Monet exhibit, so it was nice to see it in person. I like the painting because it shows the beginning of when the world changed.
Inspiration: The music and people I surround myself with.
1st Year - Looking to specialize in Computing and the Creative Arts
Favourite Artwork: My favourite art piece is Moonrise Kingdom directed by: Wes Anderson. I find all of Wes Anderson’s work so incredibly inspiring because of how unique his style is. I love his use of colour, symmetry and overall nostalgic style. The way he weaves the story so intricately into the visual aspects of his movies is what inspired me to pursue my passion for film
Inspiration: The music and media I consume everyday!
Head of Website
4th year - History major
Favourite Artwork: I think my favourite artwork would have to be Nighthawks which was painted by Edward Hopper in 1942 and inspired by a restaurant on Greenwich Avenue in New York City. I really enjoy the feeling of Hopper’s work, the element of solitude is something that resonates with me as someone who enjoys spending time alone. I also think Edward Hopper’s work is really relevant today as we go through a pandemic and are faced with having to contemplate by ourselves more than we usually would have to.
Inspiration: I’m most inspired by good lighting and music.
Co-Head of Events
4th year - Sociology Major
Favourite Artwork: My favourite artwork, as cliché as this sounds, is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. As simple as this painting appears, the Mona Lisa redefined the rules of contemporary art through perspective and shadow work making it appear as if the woman is smiling. I really love this painting because the more you fixate on the smile, the more it slowly fades away as if there was no smile to begin with. This has been my favourite painting since I was 7 years old when I saw it in Paris for the very first time.
Inspiration: Trying new experiences and going outside my comfort zone.
Co-Head of Events
3rd year - Life Sciences
Favourite Artwork: My favourite artwork is “The NeverEnding Story”, a movie directed by Wolfgang Petersen. This 80s kids movie was always my favourite growing up. The movie is filled with all kinds of creatures and magical beings that travel through the whimsical landscapes of Fantasia. As a kid, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the fluffy, sparkling Luck Dragon, who swoops down to save the day just when all appears to be lost. "The NeverEnding Story" is both aesthetically pleasing to watch and also carries a timeless message: to use your imagination. When I revisit this movie now, I am both comforted by the familiar soundtrack and reminded of the importance of creativity in everyday life.
Inspiration: My inspirations are the strength and kindness of the people around me.
4th year - Sociology Major
Favourite Artwork: LÉON’s song Head And Heart On Fire. Back when I first discovered this song, I became mesmerized with its lyrics, melody, tune, harmonies, and the artist’s voice. The general feeling I get when I listen to the song is hard to describe. The best way I can put it is I feel a sense of comfort, longing, and nostalgia. It reminds me of experiences from long ago, but I can’t put an image to them, rather I am overcome with this strong feeling of happiness and sadness. This song is definitely one of the most impactful songs I have ever listened to and has made me think more about myself, and has taught me to allow myself to feel whatever emotions I may feel and embrace them because they are unique to me.
Inspiration: The people and music I surround myself with.
4th year - Life Sciences
Favourite Artwork: The song "Promise" by EXO. It's really important to me that I can either dance to, or can relate emotionally to, or both for any music I listen to. This song represents an emotion, it speaks of a promise; a promise that one makes to others, one makes to themselves. A promise to do better, a promise to get up and try, a promise to love. It tells of an apology towards others and themselves. An apology for causing disappointment, an apology for letting someone down, an apology for causing unhappiness. The song is a promise that they will always try. Over the years, it has become my lullaby, my power anthem, my words of consolation for myself. This song is a reminder and a promise to myself that I can do what I desire. This piece gives me an opportunity to express myself through dance, it lets me become free and one with the music, with myself and my feelings. This song is an emotion which I can't really put a name to, but it's me.
Inspiration: Anything and everything: nature, music, dance, art, writing, the talent of the people I surround myself with.
C0-Head of Social Media
4th year - Art History Major
Favourite Artwork: One of my favourite artworks is Landscape at Collioure by Henri Matisse. He uses minimal brush strokes and detail, but the vibrant colours and bending lines give the illusion that it is moving. As the title suggests, this painting is meant to be viewed as a landscape portrait, and the outlines of trees and foliage can be seen amongst the many brushstrokes. I love this painting because it takes a moment to figure out exactly what the lines and bright colours mean, but when put together on the canvas and looked at for a moment, a colourful nature scene appears in front of you. My favourite artworks tend to be vibrant and colourful, such as the works of Henri Matisse, Frida Kahlo, and Gustav Klimt.
Inspiration: Things that inspire me are music, nature, and the people I surround myself with.
C0-Head of Social Media
4th year - Life Science
Favourite Artwork: "Spring March" by Ikegami Yoriyuki. The name of the work is kind of a pun. Spring comes in the month of March, but the piece also depicts a marching band of rabbits holding tiny instruments, dwarfed by the gigantic tulip flowers they are holding. The tulips symbolise spring as they bloom in March, so the name matches the work completely: it depicts a spring march during March. I love works with cute double meanings like that. The whimsical and fantastical imagery as well as the beautiful colours also really draw me into the work.
Inspiration: The world around me.