by Ariadna Zierold
Nicole Rifkin is a Brooklyn based illustrator and co-founder of Ipsum Magazine. Rifkin’s illustrations are a wonderful homage to yesteryear, like high school scenes from American films, of being a teenager, a student, a time that was full of adventure, love and freedom, when nothing mattered and life was lived in the present.
Her aesthetic is rooted in nostalgia precisely for this reason, it holds a commonality, it is a place we all revisit, we all share. The memories that shape us, keep us alive as we get older and forget, as time catches up with us, oppresses us as we struggle to keep up with the chores, duties and necessities of ordinary life. These illustrations are wonderfully rendered, expressive, full of humanity and emotion.