Zine: "Anxious Poems" with hand illustrated cover

Anxious Poems :: Ruben Ramires

On View :: Sat. Sep. 3rd, 2022 - Sun. Oct. 30th, 2022

Exhibition Dates: September 3rd – October 30th 2022
Receptions: Saturday September 10th and Saturday October 8th 6pm-10pm

Anxious  poems is  a  zine  that  was made after  an  anxiety  outburst in  Portugal.  The poems and illustrations guide us through a journey that unfortunately is very familiar to queer people: fear of  not  being  accepted,  social  anxiety,  and  depression.  Queer  people  usually  feel  awkward, misunderstood,  and  not  listened.  This  zine  uses  a  twisted  sense  of  humor,  and  thoughtful illustrations to show some of these moments, thoughts, and situations that can lead to feeling anxious. Anxious  Poems is  a  reminder  that  vulnerability,  and  mental  health  can  be  celebrated through art.

Ruben Ramires is a self-taught queer immigrant artist originally from Portugal, based in Houston, Texas. He has a bachelor in Nursing, and divides his time between providing care for cancer patients, and making art. Ruben’s words and minimalist drawings are inspired by autobiographical, melancholic, mental health, and nature themes. He has been featured in literary magazines, published several zines, and last year he published his first Portuguese poetry book.