Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
Originally from Chicago, Serena is currently based out of Los Angeles. Their studio practice blends traditional methods of direct observation and more idiosyncratic processes based in post-studio methodologies. They are rooted in queer, feminist, and reproductive justice frameworks, whether geo-political, interpersonal, or internal.
Serena has recently shown at JOAN gallery, The Annenberg Beach House and Western Exhibitions. They have been included in Printed Matter's L.A Book Fair, and Other Places Art Fair. In 2018, they received a Research & Practice fellowship to study pedagogy in the arts.
Based on the idea that the creative process is a cycle of rambling and synthesis, this course will value self-reflection as much as material output, encouraging an understanding of thinking and doing as equal partners in making art. Presentations on independent work and inspirations will invite a collaborative atmosphere. A non-medium specific course, less emphasis will be placed on specific techniques, and more on developing one's voice. Guided but student-led work will be presented in student-driven critiques, giving everyone the opportunity to receive feedback while practicing critical thinking and speaking about art.
This studio arts course will explore a broad range of studio strategies, processes, and materials. Guided, student-led projects will be presented in student-driven critiques. Students will undertake research strategies particular to their interests and processes, and will be expected to reflect on this research in written responses. Slide lectures will introduce the class to contemporary and historical artists and art movements across cultural perspectives. From the dollhouse to the forest, soft sculpture to performative objects, this course embraces an expanded definition of the arts.
The generative drift is an exploration of alternative studio practices. In this introductory course, we will be surveying and responding to a range of new mediums, (im)material sources, and transcultural artists. Inspired by our semester-long collectively directed ramble, students will gain experience with new studio processes and create multiple small projects culminating in one final project. We will use projected image, sound, performance, found materials, and traditional mediums. Discussion of weekly readings and lectures will be paired with experiential labs.
Mark / Make / Work is a communal exercise in exploring social engagement through art practices. This class examines the mechanisms of cultural interventions by contemporary and historical art movements. We will examine transgressions of literal and metaphorical barriers - political, societal, geological, ecological, internal. The central question of the class is, in other words, how does art shape our lives on an individual and societal level? How does art inform our individual and cultural identities? Class will take the form of discussions, screenings and field trips, with two stagings of interventions - collaborative or individual - on a topic of the student's choice.