MFA Art (Virtual) Open Studios
Into MFA Art
Mar 25, 5-7pm
Exhibition website is live through April 30th.
ABOUT THE EVENT
This experience and website launch will premiere the evening of Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 5pm - 7pm, with each artist live in their virtual studios!
Guests are welcome to tour the five virtual rooms and curated group exhibition.
During the program the artist is present and live in each room with you, feel free to say hello, ask or type questions, share your experience -- this is a studio visit after all!
Be sure to check out the Virtual Exhibition in addition to the studios!
While the live event takes place on Thursday, March 25, interested parties may visit the virtual studios and exhibition through April 30, 2021.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
This event invites the public into the creative spaces (virtually) of the USC Roski MFA Candidates graduating 2022. Participating artists are: Sophia Alana, Jessica Taylor Bellamy, Erin Eleniak, Franchesca Flores, Lainey Racah. See bios and links below for more information.
Sophia graduated in 2016 with a BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film with a concentration in sculpture. It was during her time at Watkins that she founded the Nashville Feminist Art Collective, a group focused on analyzing feminist movements and hosting discussions regarding first, second, and third-wave historical feminist texts. Culminating in a group exhibition at Kent State University entitled Point of Reference, this collective helped her gain a firm grasp on the intersection of art, feminism, and queer theory, which has continued to influence her practice immensely.
After graduating from Watkins, Sophia began working as a shop technician and gallery assistant at Vanderbilt University’s Department of Art, assisting both professors and students with sculpture and ceramics classes. In 2020, she was accepted into University of Southern Califonia’s Roski School of Art and Design MFA Program and is currently attending.
Jessica Taylor Bellamy:
Predominantly an oil painter, Bellamy also works with image transfer and assemblage, often building up or shaping her surfaces to reveal layered dimensionality. She uses the familiarity of the Southern California landscape and aesthetics to connect shared visual references, presenting compositions that are dream-like narratives giving form to unseen or alternative possibilities. By collapsing perceptions of utopia and dystopia, Bellamy tries to reimagine the American dream as something that can still work with nature in hybrid. Most recently Bellamy has used objects from reality like newspapers, fire-following wildflowers, documents from family migration, and polluted sunsets to escape realism, finding and creating new symbols for resilience in an often catastrophic world.
Born and raised in Whitter, CA Jess has exhibited in spaces in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and South Korea. She received a B.A. in Political Science from USC in 2014 and spent her years working at KCRW before returning to USC in 2020 for her MFA at Roski.
Erin Eleniak is an interdisciplinary artist who explores our relationships to environments by considering the objects and materials left behind. The squishy boundaries between natural and. cultural spaces provide ample room to ask questions related to land use, materiality, and myth-making.
Born and raised in the suburbs outside Los Angeles, her aesthetic sensibilities are influenced by her experiences traipsing the developing landscape, exploring what she saw as magical spaces between model homes and hidden wilderness. In 2018 and 2020, Eleniak completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at California State University, Northridge. She is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design.
Franchesca Flores is an interdisciplinary artist from San Jose, CA. She received her BA in design from UC Davis in 2019 and is currently studying at USC Roski School of Fine Arts for her MFA. Her work is influenced by street art and a demand for social change where she translates this through silkscreen posters. Primarily a printmaker, Franchesca is currently working with mycelium (fungi) as a means to transform traditional mediums into sustainable, biodegradable materials in consideration of the world around her.
Lainey Racah is an artist and poet living and working in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Art from UCLA and is currently an MFA candidate at the USC Roski School of Art. She works primarily in painting and sculpture, propelled by concepts of fragmentation, universal intimacies, containment, and contamination. Material and process are key aspects of the work. Racah has exhibited in spaces in Los Angeles and New York. Alongside her practice, she has worked on several collaborative curatorial and poetry projects, with the goals of connecting people through their work and finding creative, alternative ways to share and experience art and poetry.