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issue 12 |MARCH| guest curated by Jess Caldas
Megan Mosholder is a conceptual artist who operates in the real-world setting of the social-political landscape through site-responsive, sculptural installations. She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and has received numerous awards from institutions such as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. A variety of publications have featured Megan's work including Beautiful/Decay, Hi-Fructose and Huffington Post and her diverse exhibition history includes participation in No Longer Empty’s Through the Parlor (2013) in Manhattan and an installation in Limbach-Oberfrohna, Eastern Germany (2016) a body of site-specific work that speaks of the lasting impression a significant moment in history can leave on an architectural location. Megan has also been working in the corporate sector installing commissioned, permanent artworks, including a temporal, light-sensitive piece for Google's new office in Pittsburgh, PA (2016). Originally from Ohio, Megan is currently based in Atlanta, GA but will be relocating temporarily in January 2017 to Oklahoma for the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.
Danielle Deadwyler is a congregation of artistic personas and firebrand talent. Her sophisticated spunk and ingenuity is reflected on stages, screens, and pages.
The Atlanta native's artistry is rooted in theatre, dance, and creative writing. Nurtured at hometown staples such as Gate City Heritage House, Total Dance Theatre, Gary Harrison Studios, Atlanta Street Theatre, Henry W. Grady High, and Spelman College, Deadwyler’s skills have been honed almost wholly amongst a distinctly Southern landscape. After venturing north to study under Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley, she deepened her analysis of issues facing women and African Americans while attaining a Master’s of Arts in American Studies from Columbia University.
As a professional actor, Deadwyler has performed in productions with Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre and the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. She is the Creative Loafing Atlanta 2013 Critics Pick for Best Actress and the 2015 Suzi Bass Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a play. In Fall 2013, she presented (dis)possessed: the live mixtape, a one-woman theatrical performance art project she conceived, at Spelman College’s Museum of Fine Art as part of their Black Box series. 2013 also led to experimental work with artist/filmmaker Tiona McClodden (Harriet's Gun Media) on her Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic series.
As a budding filmmaker and producer, Deadwyler’s first short film Brummagem (2011) was listed as a semi-finalist in the first annual Creative Loafing Atlanta shorts contest. Her video, Do Not Resuscitate, was a WonderRoot Local Film night finalist (2013), while the short video for her multimedia project MuhfuckaNeva(Luvd)Uhs: Real Live Girl was the Jury award winner (2015). She also starred in and produced the American Black Film Festival 2014 HBO Shorts Official Selection Ir/Reconcilable, a short film starring Jasmine Guy, Dick Gregory and Crystal Fox. Her short film, SuPerHeRoInUh, was selected amongst ten finalists as a part of the Airport Shorts 3.0 program, coinciding with the Atlanta Film Festival 40th anniversary, to screen at Hartsfield Jackson Airport in the International Terminal for the duration of 2016.
As poet and performance artist, Deadwyler is an observer/practitioner of all things hiphop culture and gender-centric. Her video/performance works have been included in MAMBU BADU collective's exhibition If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can't We Go Somewhere There? (D.C.), Mint Gallery (ATL), Whitespace Gallery (ATL), The Luminary (STL), Atlanta Film Festival, among others. She is a 2014 IDEA CAPITAL grant recipient and the 2016 Living Walls Inaugural Laura Calle grant winner.
Angela Davis Johnson comes from generations of healers and creators. Informed by their wisdom, she creates paintings, installations, and ritual performances to examine and archive the technologies of black folks. Merging art into a contemplative practice she embodies Live Dreaming - a process of deep listening, imagining, constructing, and recording personal + community ancestry. She generates experiential spaces to bring personal and communal healing around poverty, displacement, and state sanctioned violence. When she is not traveling, the mother of two, lives and holds space in Atlanta, GA.
Vanessa Jagodinsky grew up in Wisconsin where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Through interdisciplinary practices, she began exploring concepts within her own sense of displaced identity. Always feeling like an outsider, the artist observed the environment and people around her from a distance. This led her to challenge herself and others by creating works that provoke an uncomfortable, yet gratifying sensation. Her use of performance and sculpture create physical experiences and nurture an exchange of energies. The work is captured through the use of digital photography and video to act through representation. The perceptual spaces between each work represent a space of discomfort and unfamiliarity similar to what she feels inside herself and observes in the world.
Vanessa is currently a candidate in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Ernest G. Welch school of Art and Design at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Haylee Anne is an interdisciplinary artist and cat enthusiast. Swooning over lush National Geographic landscapes for years inspired her at an early age, alerting her subconscious that she was to create. In 2013 she was awarded the VSA Excellence of Artistry Award by the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center. She has worked with ArtsATL, Plywood People, and the Atlanta Contemporary.
Melissia Fernander is a sculptor. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, she resides in Snellville, Georgia.
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