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Insights into Contemporary Art

Erika Long

Erika Long

Erika Long discusses making art since childhood, long stints in the darkroom, the necessity for sex positivity & inspiration derived from both Instagram and cinema.

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Seon-jeong Wang

Seon-jeong Wang

Seon-jeong Wang provides insight into a complex studio practice & discusses feeling alive while painting, expressing tragicomedy through deep character explorations & affirming misfortune as a means of finding beauty within tragedy.

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Elisa Valenti

Elisa Valenti

Elisa Valenti discusses her methodical practice & strong creative drive, being influenced by classical themes, human rituals & how they shape us & finding inspiration in feeling out of control.

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Eli Craven

Eli Craven

Eli Craven discusses how music influenced his early production, identity & the image's potential to reshape conventions, inspiration derived from found objects, & exploring the relationship between collecting and desire.

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Leslie Foster

Leslie Foster

Leslie Foster on the process of finding a medium, evolving a complex practice through experimentation, representing multiple marginalized identities & making work that incorporates a number of moving conceptual pieces.

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Paolo Arao

Paolo Arao

The artist discusses music as an introduction to art making, re-connecting with his Filipino heritage, pushing a rich textile history into a contemporary context & discovering new artists beyond social media.

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Iren Tete

Iren Tete

Iren Tete on being both a creator and discoverer, her love for Brutalist architecture, approaching materials with optimism & the synergistic relationship between language and objects

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Melissa Joseph

photo by Shawn Inglima

Melissa Joseph

Melissa Joseph on early memories of making, exploring new materials, working intuitively & a broad practice in which all things are interrelated

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Lindsay Buchman

Lindsay Buchman

Lindsay Buchman discusses the tactile experience of making, an ever evolving approach to materiality, art as the basis for community & anger, protest, and dissent as justified responses to the current climate

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Joshua Gutierrez

Joshua Gutierrez

Joshua Gutierrez discusses alternative photographic processes, working on multiple projects simultaneously, the rewards that come from moving between ideas & Instagram location tags as pocketable, virtual queer spaces

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Erin Fostel

Erin Fostel

The artist discusses the connection between recent drawings & her early vision, a family supportive of the art making process & cultivating an interest in acknowledging the resiliency required in rebuilding one’s life

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Joshua Hagler

Joshua Hagler

Joshua Hagler discusses his earliest memories of making art, balancing studio time as a new parent, transitioning from the “It-World” into the “You-World” & the profound effect of forgoing the language of consensus

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b. Chehayeb

b. Chehayeb

b. Chehayeb on falling in love with painting, meme culture & 90s nostalgia, exploring a visual language & thriving through chaos and constant movement

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Rebecca Kaufman

Rebecca Kaufman

Kaufman on new projects in textiles, ceramic handbuilding, and tactile bookmaking, using painting to reflect on addictive & invasive visual technologies & exploring the notion of consent across a range of media.

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Stacey Beach

Stacey Beach

Stacey Beach discusses art at an early age, encouraging teachers, cataloging a visual vocabulary, & finding inspiration outside of the main stream

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Vanessa da Silva

Vanessa da Silva

Grant winner Vanessa da Silva discusses how art can provide a sense of purpose, phases of transformation, sculpture as a tool to improve psychological wellbeing, & collaborations with local choreographers and dancers.

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Ghost of a Dream

Ghost of a Dream

The collaborative duo on energy & honesty, managing multiple large scale projects, inspiration derived from cultural detritus & utilizing the refuse generated by various aspirational attainment attempts.

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Mary Raap

Mary Raap

Raap on a lifetime of making art, travel as an early creative catalyst, the intersection of gender, labor, painting and weaving & working with materials that evoke the body and life processes.

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Sarah Tortora

Sarah Tortora

The artist on the physicality of making sculpture, negotiating balance, creative catharsis & personal truth.

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Alexis Granwell

Alexis Granwell

Granwell discusses a process based practice, utilizing color and texture to activate memory, connecting the inward and outward experience & materiality as a means to explore the corporeal.

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