The Studios at MASS MoCA Artists-in-Residence
Stay tuned to meet more visiting artists in the coming weeks and months.
Carly Glovinski is a visual artist who currently resides in Dover, NH. Her multimedia work investigates patterns, objects and organizing systems found in our everyday lives and the surrounding landscape. Her work is a multimedia behavioral study of the familiar that often explores the intersection between the analog and craft, engaging the viewer in an active game of questioning perceptions by dissecting, duplicating and mimicking objects and indexing systems past and present. While in residence, Carly made drawings and painted objects related to the Life Nature Library Book Series, the U.S. Plant Hardiness Zone Map, and Micheal Jordan.
Amanda Marchand is a Canadian, Brooklyn-based photographer and writer. Her work explores the poetics of landscape and the feminine sublime. Amanda has published a monograph as well as a book of fiction, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she is represented by Traywick Contemporary. During her residency she immersed herself in laying out the book, “True North,” photographs taken during the darkest month of the year, in Finland. The series tracks the short days and shifting snowdrifts and skies of long, drawn-out dusk, and focuses on ideas about meditation, stillness and awareness.
Jess Leo is a visual artist living and working in New York City. Her current body of work focuses on absence through the use of objecthood. These monumental drawings are slowly built with repetitive marks using only an H pencil. In these works, she isolates one object keeping the values in close range in an effort to make the viewer more conscious of their own presence.
Gregery Miller is an illustrator, writer, and animator originally from the Berkshires, now residing in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009. He has worked for Disney and Microsoft as an art tech, as well as designing backgrounds and props for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Currently focused on graphic novels and character development, Gregery creates large fictional universes drawing inspiration from nature, science fiction, fantasy and mythology. During his residency, Gregery has spent his time developing his original graphic novel, The Tales of Reverie, a fictional illustrated epic rooted in childhood nostalgia, recurring dreams, and the balance present in nature.
David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge, MA-based multidisciplinary artist and is formally trained as a landscape architect earning his master’s from Harvard University. His practice is a creative combination of art and design aiming to promote a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David’s work takes on many forms, ranging from site-specific landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartographic prints in the gallery. David focused his residency on researching the urban ecology of North Adam’s aging infrastructure. Informed by environmental research and community outreach, David’s work highlights cultural and ecological forces at play in the North Adams’ landscape. In addition to his research, while in residency David produced a daily drawing to represent the conditions found in and around the Hoosic River’s iconic flood chutes.
Jessica Bell is a painter from Vancouver, BC. She earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa in 2015 and a BA in Art History from the University of Calgary in 2002. Her current art practice is equally informed by both her background in academics and her studio pursuits. She uses simple materials and repetitive “daily gestures” such as folding, stacking, staining and filling. Her work plays with the conventions of abstraction in acts of radical utility. During her residency term at MASS MoCA, Jessica treated garments she found in local dollar and discount stores to lengthy cold-water dye processes and detailed modifications. The resulting works are vibrant colorfields that are embedded with effort, delicately referencing North Adams’ legacy of industry.
Roxanne Faber Savage is a visual artist from Fairfield, CT who works in multiple disciplines with printmaking being her primary focus. Her work revolves around the exploration and repetition of specific symbolic imagery. She uses printmaking as a graphic stamp while she investigates and records conceptual and concrete themes in her daily life. Roxanne also teaches mixed media, drawing and printmaking as part of her practice. During this residency Roxy worked at Makers Mill in downtown North Adams. Her work focused on the Tusk poaching of African Elephant tusks. Roxy’s projects focused on the making of a tusk installation piece. She created 100+ silkscreened, sewn, stuffed “tusk prints,” plastic packaging and letterpress “TUSK” tags. The work focuses on ivory poaching as pure commodity; objects bought and sold- without consideration of the massive slaughter & ugliness of this illegal trade.
Karina Puente is a Mexican-American artist of fine art paintings, charcoal drawings, and modern Papel Picado installations. Karina works in the Mexican paper cutting tradition, Papel Picado, as a way to amplify the importance of cultural identity and to increase visibility for Latinx artists in and out of formal exhibition spaces. Her work has been exhibited in national galleries and institutions such as Miami MoCA and the Corcoran National Gallery. During her spring residency, Karina worked with the Studios at MASS MoCA to flash-install her Papel Picado work at MASS MoCA.
Tannaz Farsi is a visual artist who lives, works in Eugene, OR where she serves as an associate professor of art at the University of Oregon. In her practice, she is invested in alternative methods of remembering and recording to prolong the presence of easily erased moments that arise from politically motivated conflict. Her work is project based and her studio practice crosses a range of mediums such as sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, and digital media. As an artist, she is interested in the friction that is instigated within the mixing of these conventions – whether it is an aesthetic structure that informs a political commentary or an attempt to bring an irrational idea or an idea that does not have definitive form into a physical structure. While at the residency she worked on editing digital images for an upcoming exhibition.
Sara Schneckloth is a visual artist from Columbia, SC. She received her MFA in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin, and she currently works in a range of media and processes. Sara’s art practice is driven by the question of how the drawn gesture captures and conveys bodily memory and experience. Most recently, she is creating drawings that combine elements of the built and natural environment into organic visual systems. During her residency she worked on a series of drawings inspired by the interplay between the marble quarry, the dam, and waterways at Natural Bridge State Park in North Adams, and the architectures and palettes of the MASS MoCA campus.
Bonnie Auslander is an essayist and poet from Washington, D.C., who is about to move to Lyons, Colorado (outside of Boulder). She has an MFA in poetry from UMASS Amherst. At the residency Bonnie looked out the window and occasionally took breaks to write poems and continue her efforts in graphic prose, specifically with marrying the collage form to her creative non-fiction.
MaryKate Maher is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Arcadia University, Philadelphia, PA (2001) and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2004). She has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, Franconia Sculpture Park, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Socrates Sculpture Park. During her time at the Studios at MASS MoCA, she focused on a suite of sculpture and photographic collage she began last spring. The series is titled “The Map for the Temporary Inhabitant” and the works draw inspiration from an Inuit tradition of making sculptural maps.
Justin Kim is a visual artist based in Long Island, NY. He received his BA from Yale University, and his MFA from The American University. His artistic practice involves experimentation with different materials including surfaces and mixed media. During his residency, Justin worked on several large-scale projects including panorama views of Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans and a large scale (up to 8’ x 10’) view of Deep Springs Valley in California.
Brian House is an artist currently based in Providence, RI where he is a doctoral candidate at Brown University. His research projects, performances, installations, and software programs explore the material ecologies of sound and data. During his residency Brian built sensors to put on things like rats and trees. He also made very loud noises at night when no one was listening.
Lu Heintz is an artist, educator, and feminist collaborator currently based in Providence, Rhode Island. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in visual art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her transdisciplinary practice finds many points of entry – metalsmithing, textiles, video, sound, installation, performance, paper works, and writing. Lu makes conceptually driven work examining the experiences of bodies within culture, engaging in discourses around feminism, labor and technological change. During her time at MASS MoCA, Lu further developed a project cataloging the patterns, wear and trace markings of worn-out shoes, printing a series collagraphs from hundreds of insoles.
James Robert Southard is a multimedia artist currently based in Lexington, KY. He received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011, where began working with video installation and large scale digital photographs. He has been an artist-in-residence at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Millay, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (among others). His projects revolve around collaborating with local community groups or individuals.
Heather Macali is a contemporary artist residing in Ferndale, MI who specializes in jacquard weaving. Heather received her Bachelors of Arts in Crafts from Kent State University. She continued her art research and development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison receiving her Masters of Fine Arts in Textiles in 2009. Her work is primarily focused on memories tied to the innocence of childhood and the purity of the creative spirit. During her residency Heather will be working on “Tetromino” – a conceptual body of work aimed to create an all-encompassing environment consuming viewers with multiple sensory stimulants. Responding to both the space and the woven units “Tetromino” will be configured in a unique way each time it is installed.
Martha Burgess is an installation artist living and working in New York, NY. Martha is a Guggenheim Fellow, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Jerome Foundation Media Arts Grantee, Macdowell Colony Fellow, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program Grantee and is here thanks to a sabbatical leave from Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology. M’s work, which is wide in scope, largely consists of interdisciplinary installations. During this residency M will be collaborating with writer Barbara Tran, to create a Director’s Zine (drawings with artist’s notes) in response to “The Living Room” — Barbara’s lyric essay about the immigration of her family from Vietnam to New York during the American war. The zine will be a reference tool to create future installations.
Barbara Tran is the author of the prize-winning poetry collection In the Mynah Bird’s Own Words, published by Tupelo Press. Barbara is coeditor of Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose and Beyond the Frame. Barbara’s poems have appeared in Women’s Review of Books, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker, as well as at the Williams College Museum of Art’s exhibition “The Moon Is Broken.” Honors include a MacDowell Colony Gerald Freund Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, Pushcart Prize, and Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. Barbara was a 2015 Writer-in-Residence at Hedgebrook, and is currently at work on a novel. At the Studios, Barbara collaborated with installation artist Martha Burgess.
J Carpenter is a fiber artist and printmaker living and working in Jersey City, NJ. J received her BA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University in 2002. She creates textile sculptures using her own handmade lace. Recently, J has been using antique textile objects, both found and handed down from her family who emigrated from Sicily. J also creates collographs, embossings, and embroidered drawings. During her residency, J created a large hanging curtain, comprised of antique textiles, evoking both a sweet sense of family togetherness and an unnerving and allusive sense of mental illness. She also created two dimensional pieces by embroidering on top of her own grandmother’s needlework, posing the question, “What if an embroidering woman began to depict her true mental state on top of those pretty flowers?”
Judy Rushin is a visual artist who lives, works and teaches in Tallahassee, Florida. She uses painting to explore labor and the role of objects as substitutions for place and as stand-ins for human relationships in contemporary mobile cultures. The materials and structure of industry are keystones in Judy’s art since they evoke these commonplace objects. During her residency at MASS MoCA Judy hand-wove fabric that will serve as canvases for future paintings. She also made honeycomb cardboard forms that are inspired by the inner core of Ikea tables.
Robert Maloney is a mixed media artist living and working in Boston, MA. He received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He creates both two dimensional and three dimensional work that is influenced by the urban landscape and touches on the processing and storage of memory and how it becomes deteriorated and forgotten over time. While in residency , Robert explored the history, patterns and marks that have been embedded into the surfaces of North Adams and the MASS MoCA building.
Fafnir Adamites is a visual artist who resides in Turner Falls, MA. She holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. She teaches adults and high school aged students at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program and other local institutions. In her work, she uses traditional craft processes such as feltmaking and papermaking to create sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. During the residency, Fafnir constructed a 7.5 foot hollow paper orb that will be shown at an upcoming exhibit at the von Auersperg Art Gallery at Deerfield Academy. She was also engaged in a daily project which consisted of collecting broken/used/displaced objects found during her travels around North Adams and creating archival display boxes for each.
Lauren Valley is a sculptor and new media artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, she is pursuing her BFA in fine arts and physical computing from Carnegie Mellon University. Lauren’s work combines sculpture and robotics to create reactive systems that force the user to create symbiotic relationships with technology. During her residency at MASS MoCA, Lauren created digital imagery and textile-covered robotic props for an upcoming video series that explores the role of women in technology through the use of 3D worlds and robotic creatures.
Dawn Ertl is a Los Angeles based artist. She received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design and her MFA from California State University Long Beach. Dawn uses weaving to explore how our relationships with each other affect the way we interact with the environment.
Bundith Phunsombatlert is a media artist from Bangkok, Thailand, currently living and working in New York City. Bundith explores how new technology can cross disciplinary to traditional, mass, and cultural media, to describe new definitions of using space. In his artistic practice, he designs systems for sharing and communicating that explore the transformation from fact‐based orientation to imagination. This parallels his own transformation as an artist working in the East and the West as well as his move from traditional to new media.
Katie Cercone is a visual artist from New York, NY. She graduated in 2011 with an MFA Fine Arts from the School of Visual Art where she currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Critical & Visual Studies department. Katie’s practice encompasses interdisciplinary, research-based performative video sculpture, live performance and immersive social-practice influenced community ritual. During her time at MASS MoCA Katie has been waking up and taking a dip each morning in Lake Windsor, sewing an ecstatic birth blanket from neon swimwear she scavenged from the Goodwill of North Adams, and shooting a video of herself and partner UNDAKOVA building a mandala in the magical faerie woods at the edge of town.
Alex O’Neal lives and works in Cooperstown, New York. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is represented by Linda Warren Projects, Chicago. His mixed media work presents shrines and memorials that refer to personal inspirations, the concept of awards, and migraine auras. He has been influenced by African-American self-taught art, European art brut, and 19th Century American folk and mourning art. During the residency, O’Neal focused on decorative elements of late 18th and 19th Century American interiors including wall stenciling and the architectural qualities of tall clock cases.
Ravi Mangla is a writer from Rochester, NY. His essays and stories have appeared in a wide range of literary journals and periodicals. A short novel, Understudies, was published in 2013 by the San Francisco-based press Outpost19. He used his time as MASS MoCA to work on several essays and break ground on his second novel.
James Leonard is artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA in New Media from the University of Michigan. During his residency, James continued work on “The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies,” a project that he describes as part children’s blanket fort, part post-apocalyptic wigwam. The piece will serve as a portable ritual space intended for installation. Inside, James will use Tarot to give free climate change divination readings to the public. To read more about “The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” and it’s upcoming tour click here and visit James in a city near you!
JooYeon Judy Yang is a Korean artist based in Long Island City, NY. Inspiration for her work arises from her own merging of visual traditions wrought from her East Asian lineage and Western Experience, evoking coded landscapes and meticulously layered architectural renderings in the form of drawings, collage, engraving, and installation pieces. During her time at the Studios, she continues to examine the political consequences of media manipulation through “The mistreatment of Life” series in which she reacting to the TV’s crawling new ticker as the bearer of real information in the face of the distracting, manipulated spectacle of the images “breaking” on the screen.
Hannah Barnes is visual artist based in Indianapolis, Indiana where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University. Hannah received her MFA from Rutgers University. Her current work consists of investigations in watercolor on paper, wood panels, and walls, resulting in small abstract works and large site-specific wall drawings. During her residency Hannah experimented with creating hand-dyed and hand-woven fabric to use as supports for her series of paintings on linen.
Sheila M. Sofian is a filmmaker from Pasadena, CA. Sheila received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Her films investigate social issues utilizing a unique hybrid of animation and documentary. During her residency, she researched visual development concepts and began animation on her upcoming animated documentary tentatively titled “Disabled,” featuring Professor Terry Szold, who has multiple sclerosis. The documentary tackles disability as a civil rights issue as well as the personal experience of losing the use of one’s body.
April Friges is a visual artist currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. April received an MFA in studio art from University of California, Irvine, where she concentrated on photography, performance, and film. Her work crosses between mediums and her personal motivation is driven by how we define photography today. She creates abstract images in both the black and white and color darkroom without the use of a camera, lens, or computer. These prints, known as photograms, allow her to create images with the most rudimentary essentials of the photographic process- light, shadow, and light-sensitive paper. While in residency at MASS MoCA she focused on creating sculptures and collages of her color works.
Rashanna Rashied-Walker is a New York based artist. She earned her MA in Sculpture from the University of the Arts in London. Her practice is an ongoing investigation into the transformative power of nature by levitating the visible and invisible poetry within the natural world. During her residency she focused on integrity led artistic engagements through creating and experimenting with mapping the recovery of space by recording and cataloguing the direction of daily walks and the curios of the transverse.
Jamie Diamond is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a lecturer and the coordinator of the Undergraduate Photography Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Diamond works principally with photography, performance and video. Her photographs explore the role of performance and artificiality within the ostensible realism of the medium. Through collaborations with strangers, mimes, professional actors and untrained outsider artists, she uses recognizable photographic genres and role-play to make objects, construct events, and forge artificial histories and relationships for the camera, exploring the inherent fictions and complex perspectives of photography, and the conflation between the documentary and constructed tableaux genres.During her residency, Diamond developed an ongoing project working with the North Adams community. Combing street photography with public sculpture she explores the developing relationship between the post-industrial residential community of North Adams and the impact the arrival of MASS MoCA has had on their lives.
Dain Mergenthaler is a visual artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He has an MFA in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His practice fully embraces issues of queer identity and femininity, intersectionality, process, materiality, and marginality. He confronts these issues with weaving, netting, and other material constructions within photography, installation, and performance. While at MASS MoCA, Dain worked on studio experiments and cultivated seedlings within an ongoing project that explores the relationship between labor and gender expression.
Chris Hosea is an American poet, artist, and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Educated at Harvard (A.B. 1998) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.F.A. 2006), he is the author of the poetry collections Put Your Hands In (LSU Press, 2014), selected by John Ashbery for the Walt Whitman Award; and Double Zero (Prelude Books, 2016). His artwork includes What Do You Feel (2011-ongoing), So Many Fortresses (with Jane Hsu, Ran Tea House, 2012), Free Poetry (Ugly Duckling Third Factory Gallery, 2014), and a two-person show with artist Kim Bennett, Over Time Across Space (Transmitter, July-August 2015). Hosea’s work as curator includes Ode to Street Hassle (Bronx Art Space, 2012) and the direct-mail poetry/art newsletter The Blue Letter (2008-2011). Hosea’s commissioned poem for Omi International Arts Center was recently performed at Art Omi’s 25th anniversary celebration (Ghent, New York, July 2016). In his work, Chris creates procedures to remedy existential complaints, in the expectation that such procedures will generate unsatisfactory and unpredictable outcomes. Documentation includes personal language captured with the participation of the general public.
Sara Desjardins is an award winning fiber artist. She was originally a graphic artist and illustrator with experience in drawing, painting, figure drawing and photography. By applying the same techniques as a traditionally trained artist to fiber, she is able to create a unique form of fine art. Drawing her inspiration from Mother Nature, Sara creates incredibly realistic, lifelike sculptures and felted paintings.
Kate O’Brien is a visual artist currently based in Baltimore, MD. She holds BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Yale University. In her practice, Kate works to create connections between utility and playfulness. She employs everyday objects and embodied knowledge to examine the affective power of exertion and embrace. Her work focuses on installation and performance but also includes sculpture, video and collage. Kate spent much of her time at MASS MoCA in the Makers Mill weaving a 30 ft strip of cloth and constructing a small inflatable. She also took time to create daily collages from her lunchtime trash and begin experimenting for a performance involving dirt-pushing tools. During her time in North Adams, Kate also relished daily trips to the local library and yoga studio.
Jodie Mim Goodnough is a visual artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and received her MFA from Tufts University in May 2013. Her work consists of large-scale photographic installations that respond to the representation of both mental illness and the psychiatric institution in historical and contemporary visual art and film. During her residency she worked on multiple projects, including a book mockup and a large scale fabric installation.