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With everything going to hell at the moment, all the things we took for granted being called into question, we might wonder if everything has actually changed. What about the most basic and most beautiful of human emotions? LOVE. Issue No. 36 of MASCULAR Magazine will be dedicated to the one thing we all know or crave, LOVE.

When it comes to LOVE, pretty much everyone knows what we are talking about, but not everyone experiences it in the same way. Intimate Love is the celebration of an emotional exchange between two people. Such a simple definition, but is it right? What if there are more than two people involved? What if the feelings are deep, but distance makes physical intimacy impossible. And what about those situations where LOVE is partial, incomplete. You may love some things about someone and not love other things? 

And then there’s the love of things. People love their job, their dog, their car and certain movies or actors. These objects and entities, generate very strong feelings. In the case of a pet, the unconditional love you experience can give you such amazing feelings of joy and energy. But a TV series can’t love you back. 

We fall in LOVE and we fall out of LOVE too. What’s that all about? How can such strong emotional commitments whither to nothing. In some cases, even dissolving into an equally strong emotion, hate. They say LOVE needs nurturing – how precisely does one go about doing that? Some people in LOVE crave pain. How can those two be compatible? And then, what if you LOVE things you aren’t meant to LOVE. Forbidden LOVE takes many forms, but as by its very nature, it cannot be expressed, is it really LOVE? 

LOVE comes in many forms, every LOVE is unique, LOVE is forever, falling in LOVE is wonderful, some LOVE is unconditional and never ending. Do we expect too much from LOVE? Can it be that plastic, flexible and varied? 

LOVE is probably the most celebrated subject in Art. War is also. Whether carnal or spiritual, artists throughout time have turned to this most human of emotions as the subject for their work. From ceilings in churches to tiny little drawings carried close to the heart of an 18th century soldier – the physical representation of what we LOVE is the most powerful subject in all art forms. So, we ask you, the artist, how does love feature in your work? Is it even something you think about? Is the depiction of love a never-ending curiosity? Is LOVE always beautiful? Who you love, where you love, when you love, what you love, how you love… we invite you to share the LOVE. 

If you are interested in contributing to Issue No. 36, please download and complete the Submissions Form below, or for more information, feel free to contact MASCULAR Magazine at:

Deadline for submissions is January 16, 2023.

© 2015 by MASCULAR Magazine

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