First-Year Candidates

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Tsohil Bhatia

sohilb@andrew.cmu.edu

Tsohil Bhatia is an image-maker and performance artist from India working in performance art, photography, video, and new media. Memory, gender identity, domesticity, and the performance of national identity are recurrent themes in his practice, which he explores these through durational work.

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Paper Buck

pbuck@andrew.cmu.edu

Paper Buck is a transgender interdisciplinary artist, activist, and printmaker with a reverence for innovative uses of traditional craft-based practices and analog technical processes. A foundational part of his practice is focused on anti-racist, feminist, queer praxis, and participation in social movements.

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Jamison Edgar

jedgar@andrew.cmu.edu

Jamison Edgar uses paint, performance, and video to investigate notions of identity, sexuality, intimacy, sensationalism, lineage, and privilege. Socially collaborative and often times multidisciplinary, he views his artwork as an invitation for dialogue.

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Yejin Lee

yejinlee@cmu.edu

Yejlin Lee’s work fuses Eastern traditional philosophy with Western contemporary scientific consciousness, exploring Oneness between all aspects of nature. In her repetitive discipline as meditative practice, she uses digital media and performance to connect metaphysical ideas with physical phenomena.

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Michael Neumann

mneumann@andrew.cmu.edu

Adaptation and exploration are Michael Charles Neumann’s primary tools for intuitive investigation of natural phenomena, such as geology, cosmology, and evolutionary biology. His artistic research balances order and chaos through drawing, painting, interactive sculpture, found objects, analog technology, and open source tools to construct poetry in visual language.

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Talya Petrillo

tpetrill@andrew.cmu.edu

Talya Petrillo is a multidisciplinary artist exploring autobiographical narrative and related observation. Her work history and academic background in psychology encourage her to reach into a consequence of emotion and place through an analysis of material and abstract form.

Second-Year Candidates

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Nicholas Crockett

ncrocket@andrew.cmu.edu

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.

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Shohei Katayama

skatayam@andrew.cmu.edu

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.

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Erin Mallea

emallea@andrew.cmu.edu

Erin Mallea's multimedia practice is rooted in a generative research process as she observes, documents, inquires, listens, and collects. She enacts a methodology of site-specific fieldwork to examine literal and symbolic constructions of place, the natural and built landscape, and the history and present of the spaces she inhabits.

Third-Year Candidates

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Shobun Baile

sbaile@andrew.cmu.edu

Shobun Baile works in video, installation, sound, and writing, critically looking at the role that design and designers play in shaping reality. He explores institutionalized distinctions between function and aesthetics, necessity and desire, and the ways these distinctions shape identity in a globalized economy.

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Alex Lukas

alukas@andrew.cmu.edu

Alex Lukas’ practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, audio and distributable printed material to interrogate the dissemination of language alongside formed notions of place and time, both real and imagined. His current research focuses on the liminal space of American highways and the vernacular roadside through the lens of history and speculative, post-apocalyptic fiction.

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Katie Rose Pipkin

kpipkin@andrew.cmu.edu

Katie Rose Pipkin is a drawing and language artist whose work follows landscape as complicated by the advent of digital space. Through examination of social spaces online, the physical infrastructure that supports digital technology, and the overlap of public and corporatized space, Pipkin questions the ease at which the commons- physical, social, and digital- are commodified.

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Joseph Gray Swartzel

jswartze@andrew.cmu.edu

Gray Swartzel is a multimedia artist who investigates his biological and constructed familial matrilineage through the lenses of gender construction and sexuality fabrication through public and personal masquerade. He works to blur the lines between masculinity/femininity, man/woman, and son/mother through concepts of bio-politics and psychoanalysis, such as Lacan’s objet petit a.

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Lee Webster

lwebster@andrew.cmu.edu

Lee Webster works with and against the conventions of documentary and narrative filmmaking to examine the complex yet mutable stuff by which we weave the stories that become our personal and social mythologies. She resituates filmic structures as installation, looped video, and live performance to ask the viewer to look between frames for the mortar that holds a story together.