First-Year Candidates

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Sarah Bowling

Sarah Bowling is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power dynamics embedded within intimacy and relationships, the phases of vulnerability within the self, and the weight of desire. Her work is brightly colored, blingy, and unapologetically demands attention.

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Laura Hudspith

Laura Hudspith’s interdisciplinary work explores the relationship between chronic illness and feminist action. With a focus in autotheoretical methodologies, her work positions practice, performance, and product as indistinguishable elements that are equally personal and political in nature. Casting and capturing pieces of herself in poetic texts, sculpture and lens-based work, Hudspith enacts rituals of self-imposed objectification where the asomatous is somatically shed and agency reclaimed.

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Rosabel Rosalind

Rosabel Rosalind uses self-portraiture and storytelling to celebrate “otherness” surrounding both the Jewish and female body. Through drawing, painting, and printmaking Rosabel responds to a combination of autobiography, anti-Semitic histories, and narrative traditions both ancient and contemporary.

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Rebecca Shapass

Rebecca Shapass works at the intersection of moving-image, installation, and performance to deconstruct traditional narratives surrounding femininity and womxnhood through the study of personal and collective memory. Tackling greater historical and social narratives, her work aims to address the shifting place of womxn within time’s flux through the themes of sexuality, identity, and the body.

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Caroline Yoo

Caroline Yoo’s past informs her work exploring the boundaries between belonging, othering, and being. Using her body as vessel, she poses questions on larger topics of power structures and embedded cultural norms in relation to immigration, race, gender, and sexuality.

Second-Year Candidates

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Marianne Hoffmeister Castro

Marianne Hoffmeister Castro's work focuses on the role of language and fiction in the representation of nature and nonhuman beings. Mostly working with video installations, drawing, and text-based processes, she creates scenarios where estrangement and entanglement between human and nonhuman beings become evident.

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Lena Chen

Lena Chen is a Chinese American writer and artist exploring feminist theories of labor and care. Experimenting with her own autobiography and identity, she works collaboratively across disciplines and has produced performance and social practice projects with various publics, including trauma survivors, sex workers, and abortion workers.

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Petra Floyd

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

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

Matthew McGaughey's work explores how cultural products and lived experiences conspire to perpetuate hidden hegemonic social structures. Through bifurcation and distancing, Matthew engineers unsettling situations in which normative cultural images and scenarios reveal themselves as fabrications. His work strives to expose ways in which even our most intimate emotional interactions are deeply informed by scripted motifs.

Third-Year Candidates

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Lau Hochi

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

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

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

David Noel draws from lived experiences to find unusual expressions of modern warfare in everyday life. Inspired by culture, politics, and the American Dream, his work takes on a variety of forms in an effort to re-frame the downstream effects of war in connection with our current moment.

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Max Spitzer

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

Huidi Xiang weaves together her educational background in architecture design and her fascination with cartoon animations to invent an artist lexicon that allows her to create artwork in a playful yet forensic, personal yet universal gesture. Her sculptures and installations often resemble existing functional objects or systems but with twisted plots, thus generating alternative narratives that reveal hidden aspects of existing ideologies.