Current Graduate Students

Rachel Bordeleau

Rachel Bordeleau is fiber-based artist born and raised in the midwest. As a weaver and natural dyer, her work relies on the relationships between craft and the natural world. Her work currently explores various aspects of human ecology and how we can empower ourselves as citizens of the earth with autonomy in an increasingly bureaucratic and capitalist political system. Rachel holds a B.S. in Fashion and Textile Design from The University of Wisconsin and an A.A.S. in Textile and Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Eleonora Edreva

Eleonora Edreva is an artist, researcher, smeller, educator, collaborator, co-producer, worker, renter, and mischief-maker born in Bulgaria and raised in Chicago. Their artistic work orients around the idea that connection, play, and collective sensory experiences are strategies for bringing people more fully into individual and collective strength. To that end, they create interactive, participatory, and game-based tools for navigating and engaging the world as our most abundant selves. Eleonora holds a B.A. in English from the University of Chicago and is currently working towards an M.F.A. in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico.

Karina Faulstich

Karina Faulstich is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice hinges on themes of queer ecofeminism. Her work attends to issues of wreckage and reparation, exploring connections between social and environmental issues. Karina studies Butoh dance and is the choreographer for the ongoing project Wilderness Mute, a collaborative and multimedia anti-nuclear performance. Her recent work centers on textiles and alternative printmaking techniques including cyanotypes, rust transfers, and stitching. These explorations embrace and simultaneously subvert traditionally feminine “crafts” to highlight contemporary dilemmas rooted in patriarchy and settler-colonialism. Karina received her B.F.A. from Pitzer College in 2015. She is the recipient of a Mellon Environmental Analysis Fellowship, a Fulcrum Fund Grant and the North Street Collective Artist Residency. 

Jessica Metz

Jessica Metz is an artist and architect who was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her research and studio practice focuses on the relationship between physical landscapes, psychological landscapes, and systems of power involved in natural resource development, production, and consumption. She holds degrees in Fine Arts and Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and is working towards a Master of Fine Arts in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico. She currently lives in Albuquerque, NM.

Adelaide Theriault

Adelaide Theriault is a transdisciplinary artist born and raised in North Texas. Inspired by the creative capacity of the more-than-human world, they explore the ecological niches and relationships that emerge from aging human-centric infrastructure systems. In this context, they are interested in erosion and break-down as a creative force, and as an opportunity for caring, collaborative re-imagination beyond capitalism and its demands. Adelaide holds a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas and is currently working towards an M.F.A. at the University of New Mexico.