Alek De Dóchas
Alek de Dóchas is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Albuquerque, NM & Boise, ID who works primarily in a combination of ceramic sculpture, video, performance, and installation. They have attended Pacific Northwest College of Art (Oregon) and Boise State University (Idaho), graduating with a BFA in Visual Art at the latter institute in the Spring of 2018. De Dóchas is currently a graduate student in the University of New Mexico’s MFA Art & Ecology program. In their studio practice, Alek explores eco-philosophy, deep ecology, and environmental activism as well as their own identity as a queer Latinx artist in the United States and how those topics intersect. Future exhibitions will be announced as they approach.
Alisha Anderson was born and raised in northern California. She received a B.F.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.S. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, where she was awarded The Floyd O’Neil Fellowship in Western American Studies. She was a Bears Ears Artist in Residence through Utah Diné Bikéyah, and a Spiritual Ecology Fellow through the Kalliopeia Foundation. Her work focuses on the confluence of identity and Earth, in an attempt to question (and reposition) how humans fit in this world.
Dylan McLaughlin is a video artist working to deconstruct and make transparent the tensions in relationship to technology and how perceptions are translated to ecology of place. In his multi-media installation, interactive, and performative works, he looks to engage the poetics and politics of landscape formation and human affect. McLaughlin creates works that respond to place, using materials that speak from landscapes, incorporating technology that activates or provides a container from which to experience.
Jessica Zeglin’s artwork uses sound, drawing, textiles and installation to engage skills of listening and empathy for ourselves and our human and other-than-human kin. Her current research involves comparative acoustic ecology studies of grasslands, seeking to redistribute these sounds in places where they have been lost. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota and is a third year student in the Master of Fine Arts program in Art and Ecology.
Ragini b.1991 in Minneapolis, is an artist working between India and USA. Bhow lived and worked from Bangalore India (her family home) to the Thar Desert Rajasthan and Mumbai before recently moving back to the US to enrol in the MFA Art & Ecology program at the University of New Mexico. Primarily an installation artist she works between wide-ranging scales and mediums including sculpture, photography, film and drawing to communicate a deep fascination with the immaterial and uncanny. Influenced by energies and entities operating between inner and outer landscapes, Bhow explores the unknown, synchronicity, and their connection to afterlife. Her work presents a tense convergence of elements such as light and metal to suspend space between illusion and metaphor. Bhow has exhibited her work in solo and group shows within India and globally including Kleine-Humboldt Galerie Berlin, KHOJ New Delhi, GallerySKE Bangalore, and Galerie Mirchandani & Steinruecke Mumbai; She has participated in residencies such as The Story of Light, Goa commissioned for the United Nation’s 2015 International Year of Light Festival where she created a large scale public installation along the Indian ocean shore. The artist currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Born in the skeletal landscape of Southwestern Utah, nicholas b jacobsen was raised by dramatic high-desert land, mysticisms of Mormonism, and childhood trauma. He graduate in 2012 with a BFA from Southern Utah University, where he studied ceramic pottery. He then moved to Omaha, Nebraska to work with international artist, Jun Kaneko. There, he began making hyper-organized installations of detritus found in the space they were displaced, exploring ways of working with, learning from, and talking about place. He spent 2015-2017 in Philadelphia, where he continued working with local detritus through photography, video, and sculpture. Here, further removed from familiar surroundings, the work became more personal, developing a rich quietness. He now lives in Albuquerque, in the uncannily familiar high desert to pursue an MFA in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Here he studies Western nature/culture dichotomies with a desire to expose the myths that divorce humans from nature. nicholas was one of Omaha World Herald’s “Five Artists to Watch,” has been published in Things Organized Neatly and The Alibi, and has won two Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.
Kristen Geary uses drawing, installation, text and performance to explore relationships within neocolonial systems of exchange. Her most recent work addresses the journeys of tropical fruit imported to the United States. In 2012 Kristen graduated with a BA in Art Education K-12 from Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico in the Art and Ecology program.
I’m an organizer at heart with the soul of an artist. Currently I have been instrumental in organizing fellow artists to paint murals in my home town of San Bernardino with a movement called San Bernardino Generation Now. I have a BA in Graphic Design from California State University of San Bernardino and currently attend University of New Mexico for an MFA in Art & Ecology. When I finish my educational journey I will return home. I plan to stay local, support local, and teach local to inspire others to reach for greater heights.