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getting to know the graduates
Graduating Student: Josephine Chase (S 22)
My work, both in conception and execution, is a heartfelt love letter to the ancestors of my theological and genetic make-up, built in reverence and gratitude to every street light that lit an overgrown garden. Through both an interior and exterior art installation, I hope the fluid nature of that art conception, for the viewer, extends beyond the gallery.
Who, or what is your work in conversation with?
I find my work most at home with other thinkers and makers focused on the experiences of contemporary Black experience in art and visual language. I enjoy work that rests neither fully in critique or celebration, but deftly defies monolithic translation by prioritizing storytelling itself as a medium of generational care.
I am forever inspired by the installations of Azikiwe Mohammed, an artist who understands the vignette of the home as this rich material for material exploration, with such a generous thought to the space for the viewer to also wonder and contribute to that projected vision.
How did VCFA change your approach to thinking about your studio practice and your community at home?
It cemented a professional practice as an artist in which I developed a strong partnership with my studio and research, as well as language, to facilitate a generative exchange of interdisciplinary approaches to visual culture.
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