First-Year Candidates

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Marianne Hoffmeister Castro

mhoffmei@andrew.cmu.edu

Marianne Hoffmeister’s work focuses on the role and value of narrative and fiction in the construction of knowledge. Through drawing, video and installation, she plays with narrative hybrids, shared cultural imagery or alternative stories that shift linguistic and cultural boundaries that function as unintended, accidental phenomena between the lines of fiction, the mundane and the poetic.

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Lena Chen

lenac@andrew.cmu.edu

Lena Chen is a multidisciplinary artist and activist exploring women's labor, spirituality, sexuality, and trauma. Experimenting with her own autobiography and identity, she works in collaboration with lovers, muses, and strangers to construct intensely intimate encounters, participatory rituals, and one-to-one performances.

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Petra Floyd

petraf@andrew.cmu.edu

Petra Floyd uses drawing, sculpture, writing, printmaking, and performance to meditate on Blackness in the United States and other sites of the African diaspora, focusing on reinvention through inherited and appropriated material culture and performance.

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Jessica Fuquay

jfuquay@andrew.cmu.edu

Jessica Fuquay's multidisciplinary work explores the role of mass media, performance, and other dominant cultural forms in the construction of political subjectivity. Her practice, often drawing from her perspective as a first-generation Colombian-American, is concerned with conflict, power, and systems of domination that reproduce and designate otherness.

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Matthew McGaughey

mmcgaugh@andrew.cmu.edu

Matthew McGaughey’s work explores heteronormative masculinities and their hegemonic tendencies through the lens of personal history, media tropes, and dominant cultural practices. Using performance, video, narrative structures, and sound, his work creates scenarios of bifurcation and reconnection in order to reveal the unconscious social forces that inform dominant identities.

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Georgia Saxelby

gsaxelby@andrew.cmu.edu

Georgia Saxelby is an interactive installation artist whose participatory practice investigates the relationship between ritual, gender and architecture. Through collective actions, reimagined rituals, and the constructing of new architectures, Saxelby invites her audience to perform a symbolic task in order to undergo an emotional and social transformation.

Second-Year Candidates

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Lau Hochi

hochil@andrew.cmu.edu

Lau Hochi works in the area of human-technology relation, interactivity, cybernetics, and computational media. Through making devices, interactive systems, and installations, he explores how technology shapes our way of seeing and everyday life. His works aim to problematize the idea of power, manipulation, and adaptation in technological systems.

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Jackson McKeehan

jmckeeha@andrew.cmu.edu

Jackson McKeehan works visually through complicated narratives and magical thinking. Referencing pop culture and personal memory and blending with film, performance, and writing, McKeehan explores affect, time, and people and places in in-between spaces.

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Nathalie Moreno

nnmoreno@andrew.cmu.edu

As an interdisciplinary artist, Nathalie Moreno focuses on costumes, video and performance. Her work plays with the performative, often stereotypical, signifiers of Latinx identity, aiming to question and expand the iconographic significance of the Latinx body.

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David Noel

davidn@andrew.cmu.edu

David Noel is an artist contemplating cultural hegemony within America as a transracial adoptee. He often uses his experience in the military as a model for interpreting phenomena—utilizing the military-civilian divide as a structure for analysis. A core part of Noel’s practice positions reenactment as a transformative act, capable of disrupting hegemony.

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Max Spitzer

maxspitz@andrew.cmu.edu

Max Spitzer is a teaching artist who works with large sculptures and small children. By conflating interactive object design, intuitive formalist abstraction, semiotic analysis, and pedagogical strategies, he questions the social implications of sculpture making and its potential to be harnessed as an educational tool.

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Huidi Xiang

hxiang@andrew.cmu.edu

Working across architecture research, object design, and sculpture, Huidi Xiang explores the recursive relationship between individual idiosyncrasies and collective ideologies. Undergraduate training in architecture fosters her interests and sensibilities in the potential sociopolitical issues caused by the gap between design ideology and individual singularity.

Third-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 trans interdisciplinary artist working across print, painting, video, photo, and installation. A foundational part of his practice is focused on anti-racist, feminist, queer praxis, and direct participation in social movements. Recent research-based projects explore the intersections of intimate and collective memory with national mythology, contemporary politics, and situated historical context.

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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.