FSU Art MFA ’23 Candidates will exhibit work for the first time as MFA students in an exhibition titled Surviving the Void. Presented by the FSU League of Graduate Artists, Surviving the Void will open at the Working Method Contemporary Gallery with an open-air reception April 5, from 7 – 9 pm., and will remain on view thru April 19, 2021.
Exploring artistic creation in a time of isolation with common themes of identity, loss, crisis and community, the exhibition showcases a broad range of work and a deep focus on materiality. Interdisciplinary, mixed media artist AnnaBrooke Green will exhibit her most recent work investigating material and form in relation to conventional ideas of personhood and the home. Interdisciplinary artist Camille Modesto will be exhibiting mixed media projection works that explore two stories of migration; leaving and being left behind. Visual artist Chayse Sampy will display three pieces from her series A Generation Neglected which explores the constant state of crisis generations have inherited post 9/11. Interdisciplinary artist Chucen Chen will install her work addressing how mental illness affects young adults’ life experiences through the combination of metaphorical narrative and visual components. Interdisciplinary artist Chansong Woo will exhibit her new video work Woo, Jeonggyu as a homage work to her grandfather she has never met. Mixed media artist Jenae Christopher will exhibit her current works concentrating on the rise of gun violence in the U.S. Virgin Islands alongside an exploration of the intertwining of the Islands’ culture with that of West Africa. Naomi Le will install her sculptural works in which she experiences folding as her process to create a body of work that manifests the flexibility, sharpness, and repetition of paper sculpture. Performance artist Nik Rye will install an archived portion from her performance 7 Days a Diamond which tackles issues of policing and homelessness. Community artist Noelle Jordan Stillman will install her illustrative mural of The Hawk and the Catfish, as well as release a publication of the story free to the public. Scott Kamlah will install some of his sculptural work utilizing metal casting. Zijie Yue will be exhibiting a series of ceramic works that focus on the rise of hate crimes towards the Asian Community in the U.S. and the pressure people of Asian identity are facing from both discrimination and prejudice.