Joy Poulard Cruz’s lived experiences as an adoptee with complex family constellations, situates her within the gray area between racial identifiers. Using art to subvert social taboos with the aim of generating cross-cultural dialogue, her work takes the form of sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting and performance.
Category: Third Year MFA
Erin Mallea collapses natural and national history to examine larger taxonomies and systems of producing knowledge and memory within the American landscape. Contextual, processual, and often public in nature, Erin’s work implicates herself as an individual navigating local organizations, bureaucratic systems, archives, and institutions of memory.
Shohei Katayama uses art as a catalyst for environmental conversations. His work includes line drawings, sculpture, and conceptual installation art that examine the underlying patterns and forces of nature by showcasing unseen relationships in ecology. His work illustrates the disruption that occurs in ecological systems when one component is manipulated.
Nicholas Crockett’s work draws on experience in pop-cultural fandom and game development, and uses playful and often campy parody as a means of reconfiguring pervasive fantasies of power and excess. His work spans computer gaming, toys, role playing performance, and generative animation.