2019 Residents

Congratulations to our 2019 residents:

Shobun Baile is an artist working with video, sound, writing, and objects. His current work deals with spatial technologies, from architectural ornament to money transfer protocols, with a focus on the quiet ideologies embedded in their designs. He is currently a fellow in the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He received a dual BS in Russian Language/Literature and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, and a MFA from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art in 2018. He has participated in exhibitions and screenings in New York City, Detroit, Mexico City, and elsewhere.

Abigail Raphael Collins is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with video, installation and photography. Her work borrows from documentary and experimental film practices to reconsider relationships between media and systemic violence from a queer feminist lens. She received her MFA from UCLA in 2015 and her BFA from Cooper Union in 2009. Recent exhibitions and screenings have been at Sunview Luncheonette, Pasadena Armory, Marathon Screenings, Angels Gate Cultural Center, PØST, Torrance Art Museum, USC Station Gallery, and UCLA. She is the recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, UCIRA grant, and a former resident at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon.

Joshua Escobar a.k.a. DJ Ashtrae is the author of Caljforkya Voltage (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press) and xxox fm (DoubleCross Press). His work has appeared in BOMB, the Poetry Project Newsletter, the Acentos Review, and the Brooklyn Rail. He publishes the all-ages zine Orange Mercury, which appeared in “Publishing Against the Grain” organized by the Independent Curators International. Bareback Nightfall, his first full-length collection, is forthcoming in 2020 from Noemi Press and Letras Latinas of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. A CantoMundo fellow, he lives with dj lil piñata in southern California.

Dalaeja Foreman is a community organizer, curator, first-generation Caribbean-American, and Brooklyn native. As a budding hood-intellectual, her work focuses on political education, social justice, community preservation, and empowerment. Pedagogy, identity, and representation are central to Dalaeja’s curatorial practice; with the goal of combating internalized misconceptions of oppressed people and legitimatizing resistance through direct action and cultural esteem. She is one of three founders of the Black aesthetic collective, Black Folk NY. She graduated from the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY in 2014. She is a recent graduate of the MA Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa student at SOAS, University of London.

Tia-Simone Gardner is an artist, educator, and Black feminist scholar. Her creative and scholarly practice are interested interdisciplinary strategies and engage ideas of ritual, iconoclasm, and geography., and received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2009 she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Time-Based Media from the University of Pennsylvania. She recently received her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the Department Gender Women's and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on a project on Blackness and the Mississippi River as well as working on a photographic/writing project with her mother about the houses that the women in her family lived in the post-bellum South.

Shoghig Halajian is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on queer and feminist histories through a critical race studies lens. She is on the Board of Directors at Human Resources LA and was previously Assistant Director at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). She is co-editor of Georgia, an online journal devoted to the contested sociopolitical functions of art production and its larger reception, in collaboration with Anthony Carfello and Suzy Halajian. Shoghig has presented curatorial projects at Hammer Museum, REDCAT, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, LACE, Centre National d'Art Contemporain Grenoble, UKS Oslo, among others. In 2017 she was granted a Creative Capital Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at University of California, San Diego.

Ellie Hunter and Anni Puolakka will attend together as a collaborative duo. Ellie Hunter is a visual artist based in New York, NY. Hunter locates her work inside spaces where our bodies are heavily scrutinized, and explores the way a pathologizing ethic extends outside of our medical institutions and into our everyday lives, rendering us as perpetual patients. She received her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University (2017), where she was the recipient of the VCU Graduate Thesis Grant. She has participated in residencies at Interstate Projects (New York), Rupert (Vilnius), and Ox-Bow (Michigan). Recently projects include a solo shows at Editorial (Vilnius) and SUPERDEALS (Brussels), and an illustrated a short story, Princess, that was published by Publication Studio SF and produced by Mascot. Other recent exhibitions include Bass + Reiner (SF), Good Enough (Atlanta), PEACH (Rotterdam),and Vox Populi (Philadelphia). Coming up, Hunter will participate in a residency at 2727 California (Berkeley) and in a group show at Baba Yaga. Hunter is the co-founder of The Sunroom, a gallery and publishing platform currently based between Richmond, VA and NYC. Anni Puolakka is a visual and performance artist based in Helsinki and Rotterdam, NL. She incorporates biographical and documentary materials into fictional worlds in her performances, videos, installations and images. They play with the boundaries and potential of humans as they seek meaningful and vibrant – sometimes drowsy or ambivalent – involvement with other beings and objects. Puolakka’s recent work is a performance and video called Suckling Animal Sibling, with a focus on human and bovine nipples as interfaces, milk as a political fluid, and mouths that sing and suckle other beings for nutrition and intimacy. Her work is often collaborative and situated between visual art, performance, theater and cinema. Puolakka has an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and has been to residencies at Rupert (Vilnius) and Banff Centre, AB. Her works have recently been shown at Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Le Lieu Unique (Nantes), Kiasma Museum of Modern Art (Helsinki), Sorbus (Helsinki), Kim? (Riga) and Performance Space (Sydney).

Megan Mi-Ai Lee received her BFA from Cooper Union in 2018 where she was the recipient of an Ox-Bow School of Art Fellowship, the Michael S. Vivo Award for Excellence in Drawing, and the Rothenburg Travel Fellowship. She is currently the Public Art Curatorial Fellow at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

Catalina Ouyang has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Rubber Factory (New York, NY), Selena Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Make Room (Los Angeles, CA), Trestle Projects (Brooklyn, NY), PLUG Projects (Kansas City, MO), the Millitzer Gallery (St. Louis, MO) and fort gondo compound for the arts (St. Louis, MO). Her work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Italy, Germany, Mexico, and China. She has attended residencies at the NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), OBRAS (Evoramonte, Portugal), Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL), Mary Sky (Hancock, VT), North Mountain (Shanghai, West Virginia), and Palazzo Monti (Brescia, Italy). She received her MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 2019.

Kamau Amu Patton is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator. His work is an examination of culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories and sites. Patton's projects are dialogic and take form as expanded field conversations. Patton received his MFA from Stanford University in 2007 and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, in Sociology. His work was shown in 2012 as part of Pacific Standard Time and in 2013 as part of the “Machine Project Field guide to L.A. Architecture”. Patton has completed projects in soundscape studies through support provided by the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative and the Tang Teaching Museum. Patton presented research in 2016 at the ABF house in Stockholm, Sweden as a part of “The Shape of Co- to- Come” ,symposium and exhibition. Patton participated in a series of performances as part of “Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps”, at the Museum of Modern Art in August, 2017. In September, 2017 he began a two year project “Tel”, hosted at the Tang Museum. In 2019 Patton’s public art commission with the Bowman Montessori School in Palo Alto, California, will be installed and open to the public.

Estefania Puerta's work delves into organic/inorganic materials to form new poetics of transformation and translation. She is interested in what is gained and lost in the process of making and the new worlds that can emerge from fickle metaphors. Her practice is based on her need to explore world making, border crossing, bodies that do not fit into societies/societies that do not fit into bodies, and creating a new language for those that have never felt like they could speak. Spanglish, re-contextualizing mythologies, pulling apart the subversive nature of the decorative, and beautifying the grotesque are themes that often appear in her work. Puerta works in various mediums such as sculpture, painting, writing, and performance and is deeply invested in the web created through working in multiple forms that does not have a fixed center or hierarchy. Estefania received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art. She was born in Colombia and currently lives and works in Vermont where she teaches at Middlebury College and is preparing for her forthcoming solo exhibition at the BCA in Burlington, VT.

Pallavi Sen is from Bombay, India. She works with installation, printmaking, textiles, Instagram, and intuitive movement. Current interests include meadows, inner lives of birds and animals, the grief of imagining a future in the anthropocene, South Asian costumes, domestic architecture, altars, deities, the desire for an atheist to believe, skate/bro culture, style, pattern history, toxic masculinity, friendship + love, her future lover, farming and the artist as farmer, work spaces, work tables, eco-feminism, love poems, the gates to Indian homes, walking, and cooking deliberately. She received her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from the Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a fellow + artist in residence at Mildred's Lane, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Ox-Bow School of Art, Byrdcliffe at Woodstock, Wormfarm Institute, Yale Norfolk School of Art, Hambidge Center, and ACRE. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Williams College, and lives/walks in The Berkshires.

Elizabeth Shores is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator whose practice uses multi-sited transnational methods of collaborative design to study the language of empire in material culture. Projects include using data taken from video cameras launched aboard a weather balloon to seventy-eight thousand feet above sea level to create Nano-scale titanium sculptures on circulating US currency by electron beam physical vapor deposition, radio transmissions in the earth’s stratosphere, and several curated performance series. These countless artwork and research projects exist within the singular directive of a limited liability corporation (LLC) designed and incorporated as a conceptual strategy to eliminate the legal distinction between their research and themselves. The goal of their LLC is to effectuate alternative methodological strategies to portray objective data with regards to the monetization of land. Elizabeth typically work with artists, scientists and lawyers in a fast-paced praxis of call and response. Their current research project is titled ‘Escape Is Not An Option At This Point’. Elizabeth has exhibited, published, or presented work at such institutions as SITE Santa Fe, Tamarind Institute, The Museum of Modern Art, University of California San Diego, School of Visual Arts, New York University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, Zayed University, and the University of Zagreb. Elizabeth’s work can be found in the collections of the University of Iowa and the Nevada Museum of Art. They completed residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ox-Bow School of Arts, and the Studios at MASS MoCA. Elizabeth received their MFA and BFA degrees at the Universities of New Mexico and Iowa, respectively, as well as completing coursework at Shanghai University.

Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002, he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex and/or gender non-conforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law (Duke University Press 2015).

Romily Alice Walden is a transdisciplinary artist whose work centres a queer, disabled perspective on the fragility of the body. Her work has been shown throughout the UK, Europe and North America in solo and group exhibitions. In 2019 she will present solo exhibitions at SOHO20 Gallery New York and Nars Foundation, Brooklyn. Her practice spans sculpture, installation, video and printed matter, all with a socially engaged and research-led working methodology. Since 2018 Walden has been working collectively as part of Sickness Affinity Group Berlin, a group of artists, curators and arts-adjacent cultural workers who work around topics of sickness, disability and care.