MEET THE ARTISTS
Martha De la Cruz is a Dominican-United Statian artist who through video, installations and sculpture investigates issues of raza, decolonization, identity and hierarchical power. Her practice is guided by her collective experiences of a recent US transplant, her memories of the past and her inherited colonialist wounds. She attended Florida Southwestern State College and received her BFA from the University of South Florida.
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Dalton Howard is a multidisciplinary artist based in Florida whose work pulls from interests of mortality, fragility, consumer culture, and the current situations of our world. Through assemblage, humor, and everyday materials, he challenges others’ notions of how they look at the purposes and potential of everyday objects. His aim is to provide commentary on and critique the society in which we are participants in, as well as deconstruct concepts of power and grandeur. Dalton holds an AA from Florida SouthWestern State College and a BFA from the University of South Florida. Currently, Dalton Lives and works in Cape Coral, FL.
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Leila Mesdaghi is an interdisciplinary artist based in Fort Myers, FL. In addition to painting, Leila works between performance, video, and installation to create multi-sensory experiences to explore her subject matters. She is interested in relationships and her work challenges how we observe, relate, and respond to the “others” and the world. Leila attended former Edison State College in 2012-13 and graduated with a BA in Art from Florida Gulf Coast University, and holds a BA in Law from Tehran Azad University, Iran.
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B.A. Wikoff is a Florida Based artist whose work is constructed through abstract, collaborative, and interdisciplinary practices. Her process mostly involves using her audience as a means for collaboration, often collecting data from secondary media sources regarding our population as a whole and or retrieving specific information from individuals first-hand by engaging with them. Her work is heavily aided by the willingness to communicate with people, material, and concepts. B.A. Florida Southwestern State College and received her BFA from the University of South Florida.
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Claire Malécot is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work attempts to process the uncertainty of communication, largely expressed by incorporating ephemeral materials in a constant liminal state. She attended Florida Southwestern State College with a focus in Fine Arts, and received her BFA in Sculpture from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.
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Alejandro Gómez Hernandez is a multi-disciplinary artist from Matanzas, Cuba who focuses on cultural identity, family and immigration. Through his paintings, sculptures and installations he aims to spotlight particular and unique aspects of his nationality. Engaging with topics such as: thriving in times of scarcity in an isolated society, relationship with the ocean, culture, religion, Afro-Cuban heritage, and other aspects that in his eyes establish his cubanidad. Alajandro holds his AA from Florida SouthWestern State College and a BFA from the University of South Florida and currently lives and works in South Florida.
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Kirsten Pettifor is an interdisciplinary artist currently transitioning to film. Her practice revolves around human relationships, trauma and the ways in which we find comfort. After receiving her AA from FSW and her BFA from SAIC she attended USF's MFA program for two years before leaving the program early to pursue a degree in screenwriting. Where she will continue to explore trauma and human relations through narrative film.
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