Emily Langmade
Class of 2013
Hair 2012, strands of hair on wall, dimensions variable
Hair
2012, strands of hair on wall, dimensions variable
Headshot
<p>When I was little I used to think about the 'voice' my brain has, and wonder about other people's mental voices. I used to wonder if other people thought in words or sentences; did they think in the language they spoke? Or did they think in images? Would I need a translator to understand someone's thoughts if we didn't speak the same language? I used to try to catch a thought before I could turn it into words, which has proved almost impossible; by the time it's realized, there are words or images associated with it. I capture and share snippets of my own pure thoughts.<p>While this idea of sharing experiences and thoughts is the overarching theme of my work, I have many motives for making individual pieces: from experimentation with materials, to commenting on an experience, to illustrating a reaction or making a statement. Everything I make has its roots in my own experience and usually I deal with one theme at a time. This simple structure can speak directly to a viewer and often resonate profoundly at an honest and intimate level.
Emily Langmade, class of 2013

Class of 2018

Élan .
New York, NY
Harlem, NY
As a multidisciplinary writer and visual artist my works are grounded in family, historical imagery, personal narrative, identity and power. My work is interested in power dynamics in families, how that is interjected into society and culture and how individuals form identity under these influences. Be it the embracing of a fixed definition or the refuting of a fixed definition of self and culture I am interested in the fissures of family and how it influences how we see ourselves.
 
I use various formats of presentation: interviews, poetry, documentary, poetry, oral storytelling, artifacts, print media, , fabrication, sculpture, drawing, painting, illustrations and installation. As an artist I like to constantly re-invent myself with each project series that I take on. The threads of the conversation remain the same but the aesthetic presentations of the ideas differ but remain in constant conversation with each other, ultimately redefining their own outcomes and stories they want to tell about acceptance and individualization. 
Ahn .
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Works with painting, installation and video.

Sid & Geri
San Francisco, CA
Sanjina Azad
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Brooklyn, NY
Grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and moved to California to get BFA in Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Primarily focuses on surreal-impressionist paintings with feminist themes to do with gender roles in Saudi Arabia and the study of identity. 

I am primarily a painter with strongly influenced by surrealist, impressionist and psychedelic art. My initial work studied the gender roles which are enforced by law in Saudi Arabia and I used my work to make a commentary on the sexism within the government and society which many women, including myself, have experienced while living in Saudi Arabia. This has been a reoccurring theme/study in my work along side many of my other work which studies the subconscious identity through abstract/surreal/impressionist style paintings. Currently, after moving to New York and starting the MFA program at SVA, I am starting to slightly venture out of painting and onto writing, installations and creating mock institutions. After growing up in Saudi Arabia with a very strong religious impact, I have decided to create a religion called Meowism and have become a devout Meowist.  I worship Cats, I've created a holy Meow altar and made pamphlets to help spread the way of the Meow. Meowism is a religion that is a combination of identity study and a commentary on how I perceive the impact of religion in our lives. 

Mengfan Bai
Xi'an, China
Long Island City, NY
Anthony Cady
Evanston, IL
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Franklin Cain Borgers
Birmingham, AL
Brooklyn, NY
Some boys kiss me
Some boys hug me
I think they're ok
If they don't give me proper credit
I just walk away
They can beg and they can plead
But they can't see the light (that's right)
'Cause the boy with the cold hard cash
Is always Mister Right
'Cause we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
Some boys romance
Some boys slow dance
That's all right with me
If they can't raise my interest then I
Have to let them be
Some boys try and some boys lie but
I don't let them play (no way)
Only boys who save their pennies
Make my rainy day
'Cause we're living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
Living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Boys may come and boys may go
And that's all right you see
Experience has made me rich
And now they're after me
'Cause everybody's living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
Living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
A material, a material, a material, a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material world
Living in a material world (material)
Living in a material
Rina AC Dweck
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY

Rina  AC Dweck is a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist whose work explores themes of identity and disguise in our contemporary world. Dweck holds a B.S. in Studio Art from NYU (1998) and has exhibited extensively both nationally and abroad.  Dweck has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (2013, 2014, 2016) and the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities (2014).  She has been featured in the Huffington Post and multiple art publications. 

Jing Han
Xin Xiang, He Nan Prov., China
Newport, NJ
Saya Hanawa
Tokyo, Japan
New York, NY
Saya Hanawa was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1991. She has a BFA in oil painting from the Tokyo University of the Arts (2014). Her works are concerned with avatars of the human body and the way digital interfacing shapes who we are. Although her work deals with warrant technological issued of today, she often uses paper and pens in order to highlight the contradiction and similarities of the analogue and technological worlds.
Vicky Healy
West Hartford, CT
Brooklyn, NY

Vicky has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Hartford Art School. She spends most of her time lost in space or finding space is lost on her. She loves plants, treats, and extra loves her cats.

Vicky Healy's work transmogrifies from the universe of her conscious and subconscious mind as she tries to process the world she lives in. Sci-fi landscapes become homes for the creatures who come to life through her work. Planes and projections melt together into a mind bending, gravity defying dreamworld that intends to turn viewers’ brains into ice cream and invites imaginations to refract and diffract.

Jasmine Huang
China
Manhattan, NY
Latrice Jackson
Miami, FL
Brooklyn, NY
Hasita Kamlesh
Jakarta, Indonesia
Manhattan, NY
Michel Karsouny
Lebanon
Manhattan, NY
Shohei Kondo
Japan
New York, NY
Juna Lee
Seoul, South Korea
Brooklyn, NY
Jihyun Lee
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY
I have been painting and drawing multi-layered scenes from my everyday life. My work seems surrealistic at first, but the layered and pieced together images are more real to me. Memories, dreams, and sometimes the reality I experience and live in take the form of multiple layers and are viewed from multiple angles and viewpoints. I am obsessed in wanting to express every single moment of my thoughts, dreams, and memories onto a surface by coalescing layers of images. I love to sleep because I was able to keep on having dreams with full of stories. For example, uncovering the story of the dream, in which the unexplainable space inside of a closet and a space that has no physical dimension persistently appearing over and over, was the first indication that dream would be a real interest of mine.
Isabel Llaguno
Quito, Ecuador
Manhattan, NY
Isabel studied Visual Arts at the Ponticifia Universidad Católica del Ecuador from 2010 to 2014. Her artwork has been exhibited in different exhibitions in Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil in Ecuador and in Bilbao Spain. 

As an artist, I am the kind of person that wants to understand and change the world around me through artistic practice. As a woman I can not be indifferent to my heteronormative context and the remaining gender inequality that affects all of us. In my artwork I try to highlight and question the aesthetic condition of the people, showing images that display the mindset of a specific society.

Pedro Mesa
Bogotá, Colombia
Brooklyn, NY
Received a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Literature. He paints but doesn't write.
Currently, Pedro is frustrated with painting’s invitation to immerse in it. He feels obstructed by its material form. Pedro is infuriated with the alleged window that painting claims to be and considers it to be, rather, a wall. Pedro suspects that painting might be the layers that constitute it. Sometimes, he thinks that painting just might be the layers that are between people and objects, or the filters between people and people. 
He knows that this perception will change. 
Presently, he thinks he is being invited by an impenetrable portal to cross to other planes. 
So far, he’s been unsuccessful. 
Ahn Thuy Nguyen
Hanoi, Viet Nam
New York, NY
Sabrina Puppin
Aviano, Italy
Manhattan, NY
Farid Rasulov
Shusha, Azerbaijan
Manhattan, NY
Monika Rostvold
San Antonio, TX
New York, NY
Henry Sekimotto
Walnut Creek, CA
New York, NY
Kristin Simmons
New York, NY
Manhattan, NY

Born in 1989 in New York City, Kristin Simmons is a painter and printmaker with a dual BA in Fine Arts and Art History from Columbia University. She is the recipient of several awards including the Orra White Hitchcock and National Endowment of the Arts Award. She has exhibited at galleries in New York and the U.K., including FD Gallery, Hanging Man Gallery, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery and The Von Auersperg Gallery.

Bold, graphic, and colorful, my work recalls current political affairs, particularly transgender rights, controversy surrounding the Second Amendment, and Wall Street/political scandals. I explore the theme of ownership and consumerism by portraying the excessive and myopic outlook of corporate America; appropriating and parodying the very industry and culture they represent. My work recalls enduring themes of money, morality, and gender-biased culture. The discussion and debate surrounding my chosen themes (beauty, capitalism, hedonism) are never not politicized and divisive. But, however much my work provokes and polarizes, it never moralizes.
Alicia Smith
Waukegan, IL
Brooklyn, NY
Mike Uribe
Santa Ana, Venezuela
Manhattan, NY

Born in 1979 in San Ana-Venezuela, raised in Caracas, and living in Switzerland since 2009. In 2015 Uribe graduated in Photography from the F+F School of Arts and Design in Zurich. 

My first contact with photography was at 17 years old. Ever since I have used photography as a medium of communication. Photography is my way of expressing myself, my way of life. 

Roberto Vega
Quito, Ecuador
Brooklyn, NY
Regina Viqueira
Rockville, MD
Harlem, NY
Hanna Washburn
Boston, MA
Queens, NY
Jamele Wright, Sr.
Columbus, OH
Jersey City, NJ
Tim Tianran Wu
Guangzhou, China
Manhattan, NY

Tianran Wu was a student in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He works with installations and minimalist painting, and is extremely fascinated by solid colors, bright materials and soft focus surfaces. After graduating with a bachelors degree in 2014, he curated exhibitions in a gallery for several years, and is quite keen on wandering between artist and curator.

Josh M. G. Yates
Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
NYC

Josh M.G. Yates, b. 1989,  is a British visual artist currently living and working in New York City. In 2012, he acquired a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Feeling the need to inform his practice further, Yates enrolled in the Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, graduating with an MA in the fall of 2013.

Though his degree is in painting, Josh considers drawing to be the strongest aspect of his practice. His use of image-editing software, and subsequently paint, imparts a feeling of control that becomes a theme then maintained throughout the rest of the creative process. The work often explores control, influence and power as dynamic authorities of the everyday life led, through our engagement with popular culture. Josh collects imagery from numerous sources: television, film, advertising, politics, art history. Out of this imagery often emerges a critical and anxiety-ridden relationship with popular culture and its institutions/platforms.

Class of 2017

Alanoud Ahmed
Doha, Qatar
New York, NY
Marcela Casals
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Brooklyn, NY
Brittany Cassell
Philadelphia, PA
Brooklyn, NY
Avner Chaim
Haifa, Israel
Brooklyn, NY
My work has many different references and they change constantly.
 
Some of them are Images such as fertility gods, early modernist sculpture, minimalism and the natural world. 
 
My main interest is in the way amoebic and archetypal forms change their appearance and gain new meanings through different painterly solutions.
Sivan Dayan
Tel Aviv, Israel
Brooklyn, NY
Sivan Dayan was born and raised in Israel and moved to New York in 2015. Dayan graduated from the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Department of Multidisciplinary Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013.  She partook in a one-semester student exchange program at HAW University, Hamburg, Germany.
As an artist who was born and raised in Israel, my work is shaped by conflicts –political, emotional, social, private, and gender-related. I often turn to my alter-ego, for the inner freedom necessary to create; My alter-ego acts as an anchor that helps me frame my concept, providing me with feedback from within and creating new conflicts that become the material for my art; most importantly, my alter-ego helps me constitute an inner, invariably rich relationship - with my own “other” side.
 
My art employs a variety of media: from sketching and oil painting on large canvases to sculpture, video art and installation on a large scale. In my sculptures I seek to address various issues relevant to relationships and self-sustenance.
Scott Ferguson
Glasgow, Scotland
Brooklyn, NY

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland I have lived throughout the United States since a young age and in 2013 received my BFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am currently based in Brooklyn, NY. 

Integrating performance, video and sound, I create work that discusses ideas of success, masculinity, memory and destruction. My performances are built around a misuse of tools and technology--creating moments of absurdity and abstraction, blending intimacy with disruptive noises. I think of my work existing in the same time frame as a song: being a quick snap away from reality. Additionally, collaboration plays a large role in my work. 
I am an active member of the Flinching Eye Collective, an interdisciplinary arts group focusing on live-performance in relation to video and sound. Outside of the Flinching Eye Collective, I am part of a two-person collaborative called Ralph-Wallace with Benjamin Gale-Schreck; we work with each others weight and make work about masculinity and humor within the art world. 
Ivoire Foreman
Earth, Sol, Milky Way, Local group and Virgo cluster, Laniakea, Universe
Brooklyn, NY

Gender Queer- they them pronoun preference. I was born in a space and have lived in many other places. Artistically pollinating, biking for revolution. I spent the last decade roasting epic coffee for an awesome organization living somebody else's dream. Presently being brave, doing me and holding fast.

Looking into the artistic landscape I rarely see examples of work that reflects me and my communities. Through my art I’m striving to weave the stories of the multiple marginalized communities and body identities I inhabit into the broader story of our culture. We are missing. My story is not reflected- the story of a forever kid, a person of color, a radical queer growing up in poverty, coming of age hand-in-hand with the rise of computers, a product of the 80's, 90's, now.

Zoë Frederick
Warrenton, VA
Brooklyn, NY

Zoë Frederick is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the portrayal of feminized emotion, handicrafts, and reality television. Zoë received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and is presently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts. She has shown in New York, Philadelphia, Italy, and London and participated in residencies in New Mexico, Maine, and Brooklyn.

In my work fleeting moments and strange actions are twisted into off-kilter fictions. Emotions are reoriented in ambiguous domesticity. The care and/or abuse evident in power dynamics and the miscommunications inherent in intimacy peek out from behind fast and fluid markmaking. These lines of humanity are often adhered to discarded materials, flimsy paper, or floppy fabric. Unearthly colors vary from thick to thin within cropped frames of unstretched canvas and become distorted by lumpy stuffing. Pillowy forms covered with women crying radiate both comfort and trauma.
Jon Gomez
Los Angeles, CA
Bushwick, NY

Jon was born in East Los Angeles, briefly raised in Mazatlan, Mexico, before settling in the suburbs of Valencia, California. In 2007, Jon graduated from California Institute of the Arts, where he focused on drawing and presentation. Shortly after graduation (08’), Jon accepted a faculty position at California Institute of the Arts. In the summer of 2005, Jon was one of four artist commissioned by renowned science fiction writer Ray Bradbury to create a presentation that visually depicted several of his short stories and novels. In 2012, Jon was featured in a joint show exhibiting 14 of his works at Nye + Brown in Culver City. 

Michelle Holman
Texarkana, Texas
New York, New York

Michelle Holman was born and raised in East Texas. Holman is an artist who creates large scale oil painted portraits that stylistically use irregular paint application mixed with controlled brushstrokes and refined areas. She also experiments with different types of art mediums. She attended Oklahoma State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting in December of 2014. Michelle interned at ULAE on Long Island, NY and has exhibited works in New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas.

I am intrigued by the human figure. The face and its features are what I find most compelling about a person. I paint four by four foot large faces with an expressive style and emphasis on color. I apply irregular, sloppy paint thick or thinned down and drippy paint to create visual appeal. Some facial features are defined, while others are loosely represented. The eyes are the focal point and the most detailed portion of the portraits. I am interested in both representing the essence of a person through portraiture, but am also equally intrigued in investigating the physical nature of paint through stylistic exploration.

Alexandra Jabre
Paris, France
New York, NY

Jabre was born in Paris and raised in London, U.K.  She is currently pursuing her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She recently obtained a Post Baccalaureate certificate in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Jabre previously worked in the financial services industry until 2013. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A in International Relations (2007) and has a Masters degree in the subject from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Andrew Jilka
Salina, KS
Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Jilka is an interdisciplinary artist drawing on the imagery and ambitions of his working-class upbringing. Born and raised in Salina, KS in 1986, Jilka received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas in 2009. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

My practice examines the symbiotic relationship between optimism and futility. It is rooted in imagery that values outward expressions of perceived success. The work centers around the banality and ubiquity of images and activities that demand we press on. I am interested in how these representations function as placeholders for our hope and aspiration - the fleeting moment when the unfathomable becomes a reasonable expectation.

Kyungtae Kim
Seoul, Korea
New York, NY
Hye Soo Kim
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY
Camille Lee
Seoul, South Korea

Born and raised in Seoul, majored two BA, literature and media communications in Undergraduate. Interested in multi-media based works, violence and repressions of societies.

Camille grew up in a place where marriage inequality was legal, the sex trade was normal for patrons yet scandalous and dangerous for the sellers, and abuse in the workplace and homelife was common. Regardless of sex, alienation surrounded them physically and metaphorically. Since coming to perceive this, She has been concentrating on these problems and the emotions engendered from repression. She wants to find a way to make people self-aware from the deep-rooted and the most furtive violence.

HyunSoo Lee
Seoul, South Korea
New York, NY

Born and raised in South Korea, graduated from Korea National University of Arts in 2015 with a MFA in Fine Arts

Cela Luz
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New York, NY

Cela Luz works in a range of media: installation, painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, animation and urban interventions. Cela completed her BFA in Graphic Design in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2014, she got worldwide attention by the press with her urban intervention work “The Kiss”. This was a draw depicting Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff and rival candidate Marina Silva, kissing each other, wheatpaste in a street wall in Rio de Janeiro. The work was a response to homophobic comments during electoral debates and to the lack of political representation in favor of gay rights. Still in 2014, two of her paintings were acquired for the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection. Her work has been shown throughout Brazil and abroad, including cities as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and New York.Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, 28 years of age, Cela attended art courses since childhood, and graduated in Graphics Design. She began her professional career as a textile designer for various renowned Brazilian brands. In order to improve her techniques and to pursue her own identity in her work, Cela moved to New York in 2010, where she lived for a year attending painting and drawing courses at SVA. Since then, she has participated in group and solo exhibitions and lives in constant research and work in her studio.

What connects my work is an interest in psychosocial questions mixed with my imaginary. The situations I incessantly create in my mind, combined with what I see in everyday life. Contrasts. Boundaries and gaps. Frustration and pleasure. Re-signification.  Childhood. Spaces. Trauma. Human behavior. Challenge. Irony and Sarcasm. Time. Music. A good cliché. Inform my inspiration. Formally it explores space and movement. Regardless of whether this is the physical structure of the canvas, the street and its elements, or the architecture of the studio/gallery. Exploring a distortion of reality, intervention, and projections are ways of rethinking these spaces and their movement. Using different kinds of media, allows my work to approach a larger, mixed and unexpected audience.I like to mix medias and to always explore new ways to communicate, permanently seeking inspiration in people. I consider myself a very critical and resilient person and I believe this reflects in my work. I very much enjoy analyzing human behaviors and, above all, to talk about feelings. In summary, I believe that my work consists of observation and communication.

Georgette Maniatis
Melanie Reese
Livingston, NJ
NY
Melanie uses the mediums of drawing and painting to question the roles assigned to women in modern society. Inspired by Jacqueline Rose's "The Haunting of Sylvia Plath", Melanie explores the way in which American women can be understood as ghosts of our culture and how we, as a society, are haunted by our repression of them. She uses a combination of figuration and abstraction to reclaim and reshape the often negative and aggressive rhetoric surrounding the female body.  
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi
Okinawa, Japan
Harlem, New York

Aya Rodriguez-Izumi is an artist living and working in Harlem whose practice includes, painting, drawing, sculpture and music. She has spent her life moving back and forth between New York City and her birthplace of Okinawa, Japan. Being half Cuban/Puerto Rican and Okinawan/Japanese, socio-cultural identity has always been a focus of her work and life. Since graduating from Parsons the New School for Design she has been included in various group shows and has shown at such venues as MoCADA, Skylight Gallery and Michael Mutt Gallery. 

My work deals with how social standards such as beauty, gender and self-image affect our cultural identity. I am interested in how communication and exchange between peoples inform our ever-changing process of enculturation and mold our understanding of these social standards. I approach these themes by comparing personal experiences to generally accepted social mores. Through physically utilizing various media and conceptually pushing together disparate themes, I investigate the diversity of cultural expression along various levels: mainstream, sub and pop cultural. 

Baljeet Rogers
NYC
NYC

A leader amongst leaders challenging false leadership.

Street Refugee, a revolutionary task force, aims to unite struggle towards the end of capitalism. We will forever be subject to unjust treatment and control as long as capitalism exists. My creation to reverse manipulate the masses from the disease of eternal sleep they face, is not my medium. My success follows when the prints, -environments, attractions, knowledge, passion, unity, respect, love, life- cure the people, so that we can fight for what really needs to be fought. Instead of each other.

Malika Sen
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
New York, NY

Sen graduated from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India with a Bachelor in Visual Art in April 2015.

I question the role of what is arbitrary and attempt to find meaning in imperfection by negating what appears to be random. I believe patterns or developments that seem irrational can be decoded. I explore alternative modes of logic as a result and try to depict it. I try to recreate the feeling, landscape and atmosphere that one could encounter in not only their dreams but also in connections that cannot be rationally explained.

Sadie Starnes
Indian Trail, NC
Brooklyn, NY
Jeff Tan Chang Shen
Malaysia
Brooklyn, NY

Jeff Tan Chang Shen, a Malaysian born Chinese, began his love for art and art processes during his studies in Hong Kong (2009), and, since, has been creating art. He received his BFA, with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art History, from Messiah College (2015). During his undergrad studies, he received Best Sophomore Work Award (2013) and Best Senior Work Award (2015) in the Annual Juried Exhibition at the Aughinbaugh Gallery, Pennsylvania.

The artwork I produce generally reflects my cultural identity and my continually-expanding understanding of modern and contemporary art. With a passion in both sculpture and design, I enjoy the beauty of process, where my artist’s hands and intuition guide my artistic creation. I see art as a communicative process with clear thoughts and ideas while containing ambiguity.

Prang Vejjajiva
Bangkok, Thailand
Manhattan, NY

Prang is a Bangkok based painter. She graduated from Chulalongkorn University in 2012 with BFA Fine Arts, with 2nd class honors. She had her first solo exhibition in 2013 and participated in several group exhibitions until now. In 2015, she published her first book, which she wrote and illustrated by herself.

My work is considered fantasy and surreal style. The main purposes that I create artwork are to express feelings, and ideas. Making art also makes me know more about myself as I can express my feelings and tell my story. I used cats as main characters for every painting because they represent my personality very well. Food and places also inspire me and they are often used as references for my work.

As I spent some time traveling, there are works that show characteristic of places I visited too.

Caroline Villard
Stockholm, Sweden
New York, NY
I was born in Stockholm, and wanted to be Walt Disney when I grew up. I attended Beckman’s College of Art and Design and have since worked in northern Italy, Hong Kong, London and New York.
 
My work, which has been sold at Colette, in Paris and Stockholm’s National Museum among others, sits between art and design. It includes a bed, based on a dream about falling asleep in a lump of dough; an umbrella based on a hunting rifle; a line of kitchen products developed for small apartments; and jewelry, including a necklace which replaces pearls with tiny porcelain teeth.
I began my career as a product designer, in Sweden, but quickly found that the things I enjoyed the most about creating objects was the incentive behind them.
 
Since childhood I have been inspired by trapdoors and hidden doors. They have an obvious physical function, open and close, but hidden they reach beyond their physical form representing something more, magical or unknown. I am intrigued by those short-circuit moments where function and intent collide. A sort of uncomfortable harmony of joy and fear, invigorating and soothing at the same time.
 
My recent projects focus on this within the veneer of civilization.
Alexandra Wisniewski
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Queens, NY

Alexandra Wisniewski is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from University of the Arts in 2010 with a concentration in Fibers. Currently attending the School of Visual Arts for her masters in Fine Art, her mixed media work incorporates sound, installation, text, and collage.

Mengtai Zhang
Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
New York, NY