An experimental rock quartet from the Bay Area, Religious Girls rely on common elements of electronics, gang vocals, and multiple drumsets to create a sound that lies somewhere between charismatic church service and pagan backwoods ritual. Here, Portland’s Into The Woods series documents Religious Girls with their Far From Home series.
Vee Hua 華婷婷
Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.
In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.
Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.View all articles
By way of Chicago, illustrator and printmaker Yewon Kwon landed in Seattle in late 2020, in desire of a lifestyle change and a chance to be closer to nature. A nonbinary artist of Korean heritage, Kwon uses art as a processing mechanism for highly...