Thursday, Aug. 22
Mark Burrows – Albuquerque, NM
Mark Burrows is an historian by profession, having spent the last 25 years teaching in the broad field of historical theology. During this time, his primary interest has been in the literature of the mystics, particularly those of the medieval West. This work has allowed him to explore his interests in poetry, and the “poetics” of such spiritual texts as these. It has also enabled him to pursue his vocation as writer, poet, and in recent years translator. It is the latter that brings Burrows to the Santa Fe Art Institute under the auspices of the Witter Bynner Fellowship. Burrows recently published a volume of Rainer Maria Rilke’s early poems, entitled Prayers of a Young Poet (Paraclete Press, 2013). This is the first time this group of poems has appeared in its original form; Rilke eventually published them as the first part of what became The Book-of-Hours. In July, 2013, a second volume of Burrows’ translations will appear as 99 Psalms, a volume by the contemporary Iranian/German poet who goes by the name SAID. He currently teaches in Germany.
Sarah Hollingsworth – Shoreline, WA
The fact that Sarah Hollingsworth is from the Pacific Northwest echoes a great deal in her work. Observations of strange weather and strange behavior in the Seattle community over the years has instilled and intensified her interest in repugnant human behavior. She began as a Psychology student, but research in the visual arts produces results that are more satisfying and coherent to the sight as well as to the touch. She became an artist so that she might understand her environment and her proper place in it. It just so happens there is, in fact, no proper place for any artist.
Mercedes Jack – Albuquerque, NM
Mercedes Jack is a full-time time artist from Juneau, Alaska, of the Tlingit tribe, and the great granddaughter of master carver Amos Wallace. She creates contemporary jewelry and clothing from traditional Alaskan materials such as sealskin, sea otter, wolf, bone and shell. Designing collaboratively with her mother, Shaaxsaani, for their fashion label, Indigenous Princess, motivates and inspires her to develop new techniques in the art of skin sewing. Her creations are unique pieces of wearable art that are rooted in her Tlingit heritage and are a manifestation of her experience as a young, modern, Native woman. Jack would like to continue to bring a fresh perspective to skin sewing and to express her vision through fashion and art.
Patricia Killelea – Davis, CA
Patricia Killelea is a mixed-heritage Chicana poet and musician. She is the author of the poetry collection Other Suns, which is available from Swan Scythe Press (2011), and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Native American Studies department at the University of California at Davis, where her research focuses on contemporary experimental American Indian poetry. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and English, also from UC Davis. Originally from the Bay Area, CA, she has taught the Introduction to Native American Literature course at UC Davis since Fall 2009, and is also revising her second manuscript, tentatively titled Counterglow. Killelea is the bassist in the metal band Valley of Thorns, and she also makes experimental video poems. Find out about all of her projects at www.patriciakillelea.com.
Dylan Miner – East Lansing, MI
Dylan Miner is a Métis artist, historian, and curator who teaches at Michigan State University. His artistic practice emerges from his ongoing involvement in radical politics. A key facet to his oeuvre, Miner makes unambiguously political relief prints and graphic arts, commonly employing found or quotidian materials in their production. Recently, his printmaking practice has begun to investigate the materiality of the printer’s block, incising and printing from wooden objects such as baseball bats, hockey sticks, and canoe paddles. Moreover, Miner’s practice involves ongoing collaborations with Indigenous youth, having worked with Native communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Norway. In his project Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes), he works with youth to build bicycles based on traditional knowledge. He recently produced a body of work on Indigenous prophecies, and is beginning new projects dealing with forests and with Métis medicine. Miner is a founding member of the print collective Justseeds, which was awarded the Grand Prix at the 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Slovenia. He has published extensively and exhibited widely.
Murad Khan Mumtaz – Charlottesville, VA
Murad Khan Mumtaz is a Pakistani artist trained in the traditional art of miniature painting. A native of Lahore, Mumtaz received a BA from Pakistan’s National College of Arts and an MFA from Columbia University, which he attended on a Fulbright fellowship. His work has been exhibited internationally, including recent solo presentations at Tracy Williams, Ltd. in New York, and La Caja Blanca in Palma de Mallorca. In 2011, he was an artist in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute. An accomplished teacher, Mumtaz has lectured and taught at institutions including the National College of Arts, Beaconhouse National University, Punjab University, and the College of Traditional Islamic Art in Amman. He is a co-founder of the Hast-o-Neest Centre for Traditional Art and Culture in Lahore, and has published numerous articles on the history of miniature painting. He is currently pursuing a PhD in South Asian art history at the University of Virginia.
Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz – Charlottesville, VA
Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz is an American artist best known for her drawing practice. Since 2009, she has travelled extensively, living and working in rural Wyoming, New Mexico, Pakistan, Washington, D.C., and Spain. A graduate of Yale and Columbia, she has exhibited her work internationally, with support from organizations including the New York Foundation for the Arts, Dieu Donne, the Ucross Foundation, Triple Canopy, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. The work generated during Pheobus Mumtaz’s 2011 residency at SFAI was included in her third New York solo exhibition, Hourglass, which was presented at Tracy Williams, Ltd. in April 2012. Other recent projects include a research residency and solo exhibition at La Caja Blanca in Palma de Mallorca. Pheobus Mumtaz teaches widely in university art programs and is currently based at the University of Virginia.
Matt Sheridan – Los Angeles, CA/Miami, FL
Matt Sheridan’s work re-imagines how the mediums of painting and video are combined through use of movement, location, and re-materialization. Working with painterly abstraction as an agent of change, each of Sheridan’s paintings compresses the time of its video counterpart into object. Likewise, each “painting-in-motion” video unpacks its painting analog into experience using shaped projections installed into architectural sites. His video installations and paintings address contemporary power relations between handmade physical reality and the click + drag mentality while exploring how perceptions of being are affected by our digital video world. A graduate of NYU and Art Center College of Design, Sheridan has been awarded several grants and residency fellowships and exhibits his work globally. In 2013 Sheridan has been granted, with his Brazilian production team, production funds from SECULT (Bahia’s Secretary of Culture) for a major public urban painting-in-motion projection in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, in Fall 2013.
Hanae Utamura – London, UK/Tokyo, Japan
Hanae Utamura contemplates the human condition in urban and natural landscapes on earth using video, sculpture and photography. Her work is best known by her secret performance series, in which the artist, always a small, anonymous figure, makes subtle, insistent interventions in edge territories where human physical capacity meets its limits next to the force of wild nature, such as a cliff’s edge, a desert, deep snow, a shoreline beach, atop an iced lake and into tsunami-stricken areas in Japan in 2011. Her action is never rehearsed, and the work documents how these forces appear through the interventions in landscapes, revealing conditions of beauty, absurdity and violence. Her practice proposes, through art, how physical, non-verbal experiences transform our beliefs about the world, leading to change as an echo. Centered on ideas of myth, Hanae’s work witnesses various actions and plays within residues of the moment, revealed through word of mouth, texts, objects, videos, and photographs. Hanae’s work, made and exhibited internationally across four continents, has been acquired by private collections in the UK. Recipient of a BA from Goldsmiths College and an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, her graduation show (an Axis “MA Star” selection) led to residency at London’s Florence Trust, courtesy of the 2011-12 Axis/Florence Trust Award. Hanae was awarded a UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary toward a 2013 residency at National Art Studio (Changdong)/National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Hanae will participate in the Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship for 2013-14 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Chichi Wang – New York, NY
Born in Shanghai and raised in New Mexico, Chichi Wang now resides in Manhattan, where she writes about food. She has, in past years, been a recipe developer, a restaurant reporter, a cook and caterer and, on one glorious occasion, a judge of a paella contest. She is writing a memoir about her experience growing up as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, and about food as a form of communication in her home and in her native culture. She is the recipient of a fellowship from Columbia’s School of the Arts where, starting in September 2013, she will be pursuing an MFA in creative writing.
Jodi Webster – Lawrence, KS
As a Ho-Chunk/Prairie Band Potawatomi artist from Wisconsin, Jodi Webster’s goal is to instill pride in future generations as well as promote Woodlands art. It is her intent to eradicate the stereotypical images of Native people by making others aware of the variety of artwork that has been a part of the culture both past and present. The artwork she creates is a contemporary version of what it means for her to be a Native artist. She is always exploring new mediums in an attempt to find ways of expressing how she feels and views the world. The mediums she currently works in range from acrylic, oil, graphite and color pencil, as well as illustrations executed via Adobe Illustrator. Her work highlights texture and color with the intended subject matter ranging from serious to humorous.