Artist Interview: Willow Skye-Biggs

Willow Skye-Biggs’ Tastes Like Mandy is a visceral experience that combines queer visual cues, assembled audio recordings, and dark emotive tones to juxtapose the feelings of ecstasy, disorientation, grounding, and pain. This installation, currently in UMOCA’s Codec Gallery, discusses the peace gained through the struggles of accepting one’s body and understanding one’s identity within an […]

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Artist Interview: Mike Lee

Mike Lee, UMOCA’s most recent A-I-R Space artist, spent his childhood in both rural Japan and Utah, splitting his national identity into a cultural and spiritual dichotomy. This split led Lee to attempt to reconcile this dichotomy, drawing inspiration from amassing information, both visual and non-visual, through obsessive internet searches. In 2015, he graduated with […]

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Photo: James Walton

Artist Interview: Leeza Meksin

Working with fabrics such as spandex, latex and toole, artist Leeza Meksin transforms buildings into bodies, structures into architectural drag, and fabric into stark statements about the falseness of binaries. Meksin demonstrates the fragility of the gender binary—the Western idea that there are only two genders in this world: man and woman—by challenging the ways […]

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Artist Interview: Tove Storch

Tove Storch | Interview (Draft) Tove Storch is one of six artists currently displayed in UMOCA’s exhibit, Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art, which explores how visual artists use three-dimensionality as a language to reframe and expand notions of objecthood. Storch, who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, creates conceptually-based sculptural works that often involve […]

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Artist Interview: Lizze Määttälä

Lizze Määttälä’s practice reflects the abstract flexibility of unexpected materials. She explores forms and patterns based on the fleeting fluidity of memory. As a natural rummager of salvages, junkyards and flea markets, Määttälä turns unexpected materials into stunning structures and mixed media compositions. Uphill/Both Ways, currently on display in UMOCA’s Object[ed] exhibit, is about fragments […]

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Artist Interview: Alyce Carrier

I realize that nothing is ever how you imagine. A hand on your shoulder from someone you love is different than a stranger’s, but it’s not worth explaining because what we are really after is the feeling, not a story. -Alyce Carrier Alyce Carrier is a Salt Lake City–based artist with a background in sculpture […]

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Tatiana Larsen’s art4ONE4all

A-I-R Space: MAR 13 – APR 4 UMOCA’s latest artist-in-residence featured in the A-I-R Space is Tatiana Svrckova Larsen and her art4ONE4all project. For Larsen, this series meant a step away from personal art toward works that would make a change—not for a general audience, but for one specific individual at a time. The inspiration […]

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